Mock CA to draft ‘statute’

Kathmandu, May 9:

A model constituent assembly meeting is being held in Bhaktapur from May 12 to 22 to prepare a draft constitution with participation of people from different regions, ethnic communities and religious communities.

Around 100 representatives from 48 districts are coming to the capital to participate in the assembly. Local-level mock assemblies were held in Dharan, Udayapur, Janakpur, Birgunj, Hetauda, Lalitpur, Pokhara, Pyuthan, Butwal, Nepalgunj and Jumla last week and the assemblies nominated or elected eight members from each district. The National Coalition Against Racial Discrimination is coordinating with several organisations to hold the meeting.

“We have tried to make it as inclusive as possible. We want to prove that a real inclusion in the CA is possible and necessary,” said Sumitra Manandhar Gurung, chairperson of the NCARD, at a press meet today.

She added that seats were reserved for Dalits, Madhesis, Adibasi/Janajatis, religious minorities, linguistic communities, backward regions and women in the mock assembly. Some elected CA members will also join the meeting.

“The assembly intends to raise awareness among communities concerned about the process of drafting a constitution. The assembly will draft a parallel constitution with participation of the public.”

Gurung added observers are being invited for the meeting.