Initial meetings of provincial assemblies to formulate regulation

Kathmandu, January 26

The initial meetings of the provincial assemblies will formulate interim regulation and set the date for the speaker’s election, according to Spokesperson for the Parliament Secretariat Bharat Raj Gautam.

Gautam said formulation of the interim regulation would provide guidelines to the provincial assemblies while the election of the speaker and deputy speaker would provide them leadership.

The Parliament Secretariat has also deployed teams to the provinces to make arrangements for the meetings of the provincial assemblies. Gautam said an all-party meeting would be held before the beginning of the sessions of the provincial assemblies. The meeting would decide the business of the first meeting, select a member to chair the sessions in the absence of the speaker, nominate advisory committee members, form a regulation drafting committee and prepare an interim procedure for the speaker’s election.

The first session will also have to fix the permanent headquarters of the respective provinces and name them. As per the legal provision, provincial assemblies must elect its speaker within 15 days of their first meeting.

The Parliament Secretariat has deployed teams led by joint secretaries Dhurba Kumar Ghimire, Bansiraj Paudel, Jeev Raj Budathoki, Suredra Aryal, Krishna Hari Khadka and Murari Mahat in the provinces.

Talking to THT, former lawmaker Rameshwor Phuyal, said provincial assemblies should focus on government formation.