KATHMANDU, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Nearly four months have elapsed since Nov.19 Constituent Assembly (CA) election but Nepal is yet to appoint the 26 lawmakers of 601-member CA.
Now there are only 571-members in the CA, a constitution drafting body. A total of 240 were elected under First-Past-the- Post (FPTP) category, while 335 members were nominated under proportional representation (PR) system.
Four leaders who were elected from two constituencies under FPTP resigned from one constituency which created four more seats vacant. To fulfill the four seats, a by-election should take place as soon as possible in the four constituencies.
According to Interim Constitution 2007 provision, 26 members of the CA would be appointed by the government consulting all the political parties. Such provision is made with a view that experts and people who played a significant role in the society should be appointed in the constitution drafting.
Speaker Subas Nembang is pressing the government to appoint the 26 members, saying that decision made by the incomplete House will create questions about their legitimacy. Speaker Nembang told journalists that Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala had assured to appoint the 26 members as soon as possible.
Such appointments should have been made by the previous chief justice-led government but the technocratic government did not make appointment, saying that such appointments should be made by elected government through a political understanding.
"The Assembly should have got a complete shape before the election of the PM and CA chairman," Nembang said. On Sunday morning, Koirala held talks with his close aides about the appointments of 26 members but did not reach any conclusions.
Different organizations representing marginalized communities have intensified protest seeking the nomination for the remaining 26 seats of the CA. Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities( NEFIN), the umbrella organization of 56 communities are pressing the government to give priority to them while making 26 appointments. Nepal held second CA in November 19, 2013 with the aim of drafting a new constitution within a year.