Constitutional Council meeting postponed in absence of quorum

KATHMANDU: The Constitutional Council meeting that was called today was postponed after the quorum for holding the meeting could not be achieved.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had called the Council meeting for 9:00 am today.

According to Section 6 (3) of the Constitutional Act, it shall be deemed to have achieved the quorum for holding a meeting if the chairperson and at least four other members are present at the meeting. The Council can take decisions only on the basis of consensus.

The Constitutional Council -- chaired by the Prime Minister -- has the Chief Justice, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairperson of the National Assembly, leader of the main opposition party in the House of Representatives, and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives as members.

However, as the seat of Deputy Speaker of the HoR is vacant, the CC meeting cannot be held in case even one member is absent.

Meanwhile, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, also the member of Constitutional Council, on Saturday, had notified that he will be unable to attend today's CC meeting owing to a busy schedule.

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