Experts for 10 plus provinces

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 2, 2014-

A team of experts has suggested that the number of states could be more than 10 in the new set-up. The number of provinces could be fewer only if different communities are put into one state.

A paper jointly prepared by Pitambar Sharma, Mahendra Lawoti, Krishna Hachchethu, Krishna Pokhrel, Shyam Shrestha, Tula Narayan Sah and Krishna Khanal states that the parties should consider economic viability while carving out federal units. PDCC Chairman Baburam Bhattarai had sought their views on viable options for provinces agreeable to all the parties.

On the form of governance, they have suggested directly elected executive head--president or prime minister--for the sake of stability. For adopting an “improved” parliamentary system, the experts want the parties not to indulge in horse-trading as in the past.

On the electoral system, the panel prescribes the multi-member proportional representation system of electing lawmakers. They want a threshold for the parties to qualify in the legislature.

For getting proportional representation seats, parties would have to secure at least one seat in direct election.

Published: 03-09-2014 09:05

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