KATHMANDU, May 11: Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting Thursday was postponed till Friday afternoon as the CA´s Constitutional Committee (CC) that was expected to prepare a list of questions on the disputes of constitution writing to be decided from the CA meeting couldn´t finalize the questionnaire Wednesday.
Failing to finalize the list, the meeting entrusted CC Chairman Nilamber Acharya with the responsibility of preparing the list with the help of a group of five lawmakers and present it for endorsement at the committee´s meeting on Friday.
Dev Gurung of UCPN (Maoist), Ramesh Lekhak of Nepali Congress (NC), Bhim Rawal of CPN-UML and Laxman Lal Karna on behalf of Madhes-based parties will assist Acharya in preparing the questionnaire.
The lawmakers needed to work on the questionnaire as some questions are already in objective format but a large number of questions are in subjective format. "We will convert them into objective format by rewriting, redrafting and breaking them into direct format so that they can be put to vote," said Lekhak.
The CC decided to conduct voting on the disputes after leaders of major political parties failed to settle differences in constitution writing through consensus.
Though top leaders said they would also continue inter-party talks to settle the thorny issues, they instructed the CA secretariat to be prepared to conduct voting in the 601-seat CA.
According to CC secretariat, there are 117 questions yet to be resolved. 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 increase further as several lawmakers from various political parties have registered some supplementary questions at the CC secretariat on Wednesday.
The voting will be conducted only after the CC chair tables the questionnaire at the CA meeting and it is distributed among all CA members.