Parliament to meet on March 5

Kathmandu, February 19

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has called the first session of the Federal Parliament at 4:00pm on March 5 at the International Convention Centre, New Baneshwor.

According to a press release issued by the Office of the President today, the session has been called as per the Clause 93 (1) of the constitution.

The House of Representatives and the National Assembly will meet separately on March 5.

According to Spokesperson for the Parliament Secretariat Bharat Raj Gautam, the first meeting will be largely ceremonial.

“As per the tradition, the first meeting will be addressed by leaders of all the parties represented in the Parliament.”

According to Gautam, newly elected lawmakers will be sworn in on March 4 or on the morning of March 5.

According to the constitution, the elected lawmakers elect must take oath of office and secrecy before they participate in a meeting of the House or any committee of the House.

The first day meeting will be chaired by the senior-most members of the respective Houses.

Gautam added that the initial meetings of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly would pass interim procedure on the election of speaker and deputy speaker of the Lower House, as well as chair and vice chair of the Upper House.

The Parliament will also elect President on March 9.

Gautam added that the Parliament Secretariat was fully prepared to conduct the first session of the House of the Representatives and the Upper House.

The House of Representatives will meet at Sagarmatha Hall, while meetings of the National Assembly will be conducted at Nuptse Hall.