KATHMANDU: Laborious meetings of the big three political parties—the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress(NC), CPN-UML along with the United Democratic Front(UDMF)-- have resumed on Tuesday to sort out the remaining contentious issues upsetting the process of statute-drafting.
A part of the marathon meets, today’s first meet between the big three parties is underway inside the Constituent Assembly(CA), which is dwelling over three vital issues—election system, forms of governance, and federalism—after having finalized the issues of judiciary and citizenship.
Although parties agreed on a mixed election system, they are yet to reach consensus on the number of constituencies and percentage for first-past-the-post and proportional representation systems.
On forms of governance, parties have though agreed in principle to adopt the mixed model, they are yet to define the authority of the prime minister and the president.
As the issues of election system, governance, and state reconstructing are interrelated, we expect a breakthrough by Tuesday afternoon, said Gachhadar.
The meeting between the big three parties and the UDMF has been programmed for twelve noon.
Meanwhile, the big wigs are also schedule to consult with all the political parties representing in the CA over the constitutional issues.
34 days are left to meet the May 27 deadline to promulgate the new constitution.