Legislature-Parliament building (Republica file photo)
KATHMANDU, Sept 9: The meeting of the Legislature-Parliament on Friday could not endorse some important bills due to lack of quorum. Today’s meeting was scheduled to endorse three important bills – Judicial Administration Bill 2073 BS, Judicial Council Bill 2073 BS and Judicial Service Commission Bill 2073 BS.
Lawmaker of Nepal Workers and Peasants Party (NWPP) Dilli Kafle objected to the meeting as soon as it started saying that the meeting did not have a quorum.
When Speaker Onsari ordered to count the number of lawmakers, there were only 126 lawmakers present in the meeting while the required quorum to begin a parliamentary meeting is 149.
According to a source at the Parliament, the meeting lacked the quorum after the lawmakers went to Budhanilkantha-based Park Village Resort to attend a program organized by an INGO.
Most of the lawmakers were attending a program organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), an international non-governmental organization (INGO), at Park Village Resort when the Parliamentary meeting started in New Baneshwar.
The NDI had sent its vehicle to pick the lawmakers from the premises of the Parliament building.
The Parliament had to endorse three important bills by today to meet a constitutional deadline to form an apex court by September 19.