KATHMANDU, Jan.16 (Xinhua) -- Preparations for holding the first meeting of Constituent Assembly (CA) slated for Jan. 22 have been almost completed, Nepal's Parliament Secretariat said on Thursday.
The first meeting of CA is taking place two months after Nov.19 CA election which elected 30 political parties for the constitution drafting body. The secretariat said all the technical preparations have been completed along with the dispatching of letters to lawmakers.
"We humbly request all lawmakers to be present at the meeting slated for Jan. 22," a public notice signed by Parliament's Secretariat Manohar Prasad Bhattarai reads.
The secretariat is also working to finalize the rules needed to run the house. The Secretariat has called a meeting of political parties on Jan. 19 to finalize the agendas of first meeting.
The lawmakers of new CA will take oath of office and secrecy on Jan. 21 from top lawmaker Surya Bahadur Thapa. Thapa will take the oath from the president on Jan. 21.
Though the number of lawmakers in the CA is 601, 26 seats are still vacant.
According to constitutional provision, 26 seats should be appointed by the government but incumbent government is preparing to transfer such authority to new government to be formed after the first meeting of CA.
Some legal personnel have raised the questions about the first meeting saying that meeting should take place only after the appointment of 26 lawmakers. The second CA is expected to write a constitution within a year which is expected to end the prolonged transition of Himalayan nation which is passing through a period of political instability for a decade.
The issue of federalism remains one of the contentious issues among the parties in Nepal which is a major challenge to complete constitution drafting process within a year.