CA full house meet today; PDCC to table reports for deliberation

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 10, 2014-

The full house meeting of the Constituent Assembly (CA) is convening on Thursday to deliberate on the contents of new constitution. CA’s Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC) Chairman Baburam Bhattarai is due to table separate reports on agreed and disputed issues of constitution writing process at the meeting.

After the CA has deliberated on the reports, the contentious issues will be forwarded to PDCC while the matters that have been settled will be sent to the CA’s Constitution Drafting Committee.

Bhattarai will also request the CA to provide more time for PDCC to settle the disputed issues of constitution writing. Though the major political parties have agreed to extend the time, there have not been any discussions on amending the CA working calendar to provide time for PDCC. After completing its first round of deliberations, the full house of the CA had handed over the responsibility of settling the key issues of contention--forms of governance, federalism, judiciary and electoral system-- to the top leaders of major political parties in June. Since then, the top leaders have made several bids to resolve the disputed matters through consensus and failed in the process.

Meanwhile, the political parties have requested CA chairman to forward the contentious issues of new constitution to PDCC at the earliest.  

The full house of the CA started its formal business of constitution writing on May 13, with the discussions on reports submitted by the CA’s Committee to Study and Determine the Constitution Records. Before that, the CA’s time was largely spent forming rules of procedures. The parties plan to come up with the first draft of a new constitution by mid-October.

Published: 11-09-2014 09:05

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