Govt registers Bill to amend Article 70
Added At: 2012-04-23 12:17 AM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-23 12:17 AM
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The government today registered a Bill at the Parliament secretariat to amend Article 70 of the Interim Constitution to adopt new constitution through a regular process.
Brijesh Kumar Gupta, Minister for Law and Justice, registered the Bill at the Parliament secretariat as per a political understanding reached among the political parties last week.
Existing provision in the Article 70 calls for endorsing preamble and all the Articles of new constitution one-by-one by at least a two-thirds majority of CA members and it has also kept aside additional 15 days to reach consensus among the political parties.
Considering limited time available for the parties and the CA, the parties agreed to make the 12th amendment to the Interim Constitution to cut-short the constitution endorsement process.
According to the constitution amendment Bill registered today, a Bill containing preamble and Articles of new constitution will be tabled at the CA full House.
After the Bill is tabled, the preamble and all the Articles of the new
constitution will be passed together at least by two-third members of the Constituent Assembly.
The Bill to amend the Interim Constitution aims to remove the mandatory 15 days time for consensus and endorsement of the preamble and all
Articles one-by-one. It means the entire constitution can be passed at one go.
The decision to endorse the new constitution is taken through a division of vote, which means that all the CA members are required to put their signatures either in favour of or against the Bill endorsing the new constitution.