Nepal | February 21, 2020

PM hopeful of passing of new constitution amendment bill

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Tuesday expressed his hope that a new constitution amendment bill will be endorsed, saying it has been prepared after holding consultations with the major parties.

He was speaking at the Parliament’s Good Governance and Monitoring Committee, which had summoned him to its meeting, on Tuesday morning.

A meeting of the Cabinet yesterday had decided to withdraw the constitution amendment bill, which was registered on November 29, 2016. from the Parliament and register a new one today.

The new bill proposes to resolve the issue of provincial boundaries through a federal commission, and not to grant voting rights to the chiefs and deputy chiefs of local levels in presidential election.

Prime Minister Dahal claimed that the proposed bill has paved the way for the parties affiliated with United Democratic Madhesi Front and Federal Alliance to take part in the local level elections, and asked the Committee members to endorse it in order to build conducive environment for the implementation of Constitution.

He made it clear that the elections, scheduled for May 14, will not be put off. Referring to the likeliness of increasing local levels in Province No. 2 and 5, he, however, said elections in some districts in the Tarai-Madhesh region can be rescheduled if an agreement is made for the same.

Dahal claimed the government abided by the Supreme Court’s verdict while appointing the Inspector General of Nepal Police. According to him, yesterday’s Cabinet decision respected the Supreme Court as well as exercised the executive’s jurisdiction, according to a statement issued by the PM’s Secretariat.

He further said the government will prepare a rule on evaluation of police officials in order to prevent political meddling in the appointment of IGP.

Dahal told the House panel that he will take an initiative in the Constitutional Council for the appointment of CIAA chief.

The top post in the anti-graft constitutional body is lying vacant after the Supreme Court removed Lok Man Singh Karki from the CIAA, dubbing him ineligible for holding the post, in January.

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