KATHMANDU: Lack of quorum at the Parliament meeting on Friday forced Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar to postpone the discussion on the Constituency Delineation Commission Bill. As soon as Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ajaya Shankar Nayak tabled a proposal to begin discussion on the bill, the Nepal Workers and Peasants Party lawmaker Prem Suwal raised the question if there were sufficient lawmakers to begin the discussion. The Speaker then directed the Parliament Secretariat staff to ring the bell for three minutes and count the lawmakers present in the meeting. Upon counting, it was found that only 125 lawmakers were present during the discussion. The Parliament Regulations require that at least one-fourth of the lawmakers should be present in any House meeting. Accordingly, there should be 149 lawmakers to hold a discussion on any issue. Following that, Speaker Gharti announced that the meeting was postponed till Tuesday, March 14.
Lack of quorum halts constituency delineation bill debate
Published: 05:19 pm Mar 10, 2017