November 9, 2021 01:00 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Nov 9: The tenure of as many as one-third of the members of the National Assembly, including that of Vice-chairperson Sashikala Dahal is going to end on March 5, 2022.
The upper house members whose terms are going to expire on March 5 include eight from the CPN-UML, four each from the CPN (Unified Socialist) and CPN (Maoist Center), and three from Nepali Congress (NC).
The names of the National Assembly members reaching the end of their tenure are Agam Prasad Bantawa Rai, Udaya Sharma Poudel, Kaita Bogati, Khim Kumar Bika, Chakra Prasad Senehi, Jeevan Budha, Dhriga Narayan Pandey, Thagendra Prakash Puri, Taradevi Bhatta, Dinanath Sharma, Nainkala Ojha, Radhe Shyam Adhikari, Ram Lakhan Chamar, Shanti Kumari Adhikari, and Sher Bahadur Kunwar.
Similarly, the members of the National Assembly serving for four years, who were selected through a lottery on June 18, 2018 are also at the end of their tenure. As the National Assembly is also known as the permanent house, one-third of the members serve for two years. Among the members who have come to the end of their four-year tenure, seven are females, three are from Dalit groups, two from differently-abled and minority groups, and seven from others.
Provincial assembly members, mayors and deputy mayors, and chairmen and vice-chairmen of rural municipalities are the voters in the election of the upper house members. The legal provision allows for the election of the upper house members, 35 days before the end of the tenure of the members.
A person should be 35 years of age or more to become a member of the National Assembly. Earlier, the CPN-UML had received 27 seats in the upper house in the election in 2017. Likewise, NC had won 13, CPN (Maoist Center) 12, while the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal and the Federal Socialist Forum won two seats each.