Speaker election starts on Wednesday

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Oct 13, 2015-

Four days after the election of the new prime minister, the Legislature-Parliament is set to initiate the process on Wednesday to appoint the new Speaker and the deputy Speaker.

A House meeting scheduled for 3pm will start the process to elect the two officials in consensus as per Article 299 (2) of the new constitution. Incumbent Speaker Subas Nembang and Deputy Speaker Onshari Gharti are likely to resign before the commencement of the parliamentary session on Wednesday.

The Constitution of Nepal requires the selection of the Speaker and the deputy Speaker within 20 days of commencement of the House session on the basis of a political understating. But if the parties fail to pick a consensus candidate within two days, the majority process of appointment begins. According to Nembang, the House will get its new Speaker and the deputy before Dashain holidays begin on October 20. The ruling parties have an informal agreement to support a UCPN (Maoist) candidate as the Speaker.

“Our demand for Speaker is natural,” said Maoist leader Janardan Sharma on Monday. Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, the fourth largest party in Parliament, has staked its claim to the deputy Speaker’s post.

Incumbent Speaker Nembang is from the UML and his deputy Gharti is a Maoist leader. Nembang said that the election process for the President and the Vice President would start on October 27, after Dashain is over.

Article 296 (2) of the new constitution states that the President and the VP are elected on the basis of an understanding among the parties within a month from the commencement of the new House session. The first session of Legislature-Parliament started on October 2.

Meanwhile, the House meeting on Monday formed a 61-member committee to draft the parliamentary regulations in the changed context. The Constituent Assembly was transformed into Parliament after constitution promulgation on September 20.

Published: 13-10-2015 08:44

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