KATHMANDU, May 9: With leaders of major political parties failing to resolve disputes in constitution writing through concensus, Constituent Assembly (CA) secretariat is preparing to conduct votes on these issues in the full CA on Wednesday.
Though top leaders will continuity their inter-party talks to settle the disputes, they instructed the secretariat to be prepared to conduct the votes for Thursday.
It came after top leaders from major political parties, who are members of the Constitutional Committee´s dispute resolution subcommittee, decided to resolve the disputes through majority votes in the 601-seat full CA House.
"We the top leaders have been shouldering the responsibility of settling the disputes until now, but from today [Wednesday] all the 601 lawmakers will be equally responsible for the job,” UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who also heads the subcommittee, told reporters after the subcommittee meeting at Singha Durbar on Wednesday morning.
Dahal as head of the subcommittee floated the same proposal at the meeting of 61-member CC, which is mandated to prepare the integrated draft of new constitution, and was endorsed.
According to CC secretariat, there is a list of 117 questions yet to be decided. Officials at the secretariat said the number of questions will increase once the officials change them into objective format. The list is likely to be increased further as the CC has instructed its members to register feedback on questions, if any, until Wednesday evening.
Lawmakers across various political parties registered around 17 applications at the secretariat seeking some changes or addition to the list.
Officials believe that conducting votes on the long list in the 601-seat CA will a daunting task because each and every single provision will be tabled for decision independently.
Most of the questions will be decided through voice votes. There will be division of votes on the issues if 61 members, or 10 percent of the lawmakers, dispute the result of the voice vote. It means provisions proposed by small political parties are likely to be decided through voice votes.
There are altogether 78 questions related to state restructuring and distribution of powers alone. Similarly, some of the thorniest issues are related to the system of governance, judiciary and electoral model to be adopted in the new constitution.