Govt registers new statute amendment bill

Published On: April 11, 2017 06:12 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 11: The government has registered a new constitution amendment bill at the Parliament Secretariat on Tuesday.

 After withdrawing the earlier bill tabled in Parliament, the government registered the new bill at the Parliament Secretariat today. 

According to the new amendment bill, the government can form a federal commission to recommend the number of provinces and their boundaries.In additon to that, eight articles of the constitution shall be amended.

The new amendment bill has proposed to remove chairperson, vice chairperson of rural municipalities and mayor and deputy mayor of the municipalities from the electoral college to elect members of the National Assembly. As per the new bill, the electoral college only includes the members of provincial assemblies.

Similarly, the terminology ‘federal’ has been deleted from the Article 295 (1) of the constitution.

Likewise, the Legislature-Parliament can exercise power in accordance with the Sub Article 296 (1) of the constitution unless the provincial assembly is formed. 

A cabinet meeting on Monday endorsed a new amendment bill with a view to addressing the demands of agitating Madhesi political parties and bringing them on board the local polls scheduled for May 14.

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ajaya Shankar Nayak  had tabled the proposal to withdraw the existing  bill which was endorsed. 

The new bill aims at addressing the demands raised by UDMF regarding the amendment of the eight articles including 274 of the constitution.

It includes all the issues covered by the previous constitution amendment bill except the delineation of provincial boundaries.

On November 29,  2016, the government had registered the withdrawn constitution amendment bill in  Parliament on November 29, 2016. 



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