Disputed issues back to subcommittee
KATHMANDU: Lead political parties, who until recently had opted for majority based voting system to resolve all disputed issues, have once again traced back to consensus process. On Friday, issues that were not simplified by the Secretariat of the Constitutional Committee were sent back to the Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee of the CC, once again on Friday.
“We consulted with experts and lawmakers for suggestions on the disputed issues, but nothing turned out,” said Nepali Congress Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel, adding that they have reverted the issues to the Dispute Resolution sub-committee, after the CC failed to simplify questions on the disputed issues.
The CC was given the responsibility to troubleshoot all problems within the questionnaires by consulting with all political parties. But as the problems seemed more complicated to resolve through discussions, CC Chairman Nilambar Acharya reverted it back to the CC on Friday.
Maoist Chairman Prachanda and Congress Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel had proposed to revert the proposal to the sub-committee after more complications surfaced in their attempts to resolve the disputes.
As the CC member went on discussing the disputed issues to prepare the questionnaires, more complications arose and this forced the CC to revert the issues to the DR Sub-Committee to hold one more round of discussions on the questionnaires, so as to resolve them.
Prior to it, the senior leadership of Maoist, Congress, UML and the Madheshi Front had decided to resolve the disputed issues through voting process in the Constituent Assembly on Wednesday. However due to inability of the CC to finalize the questionnaires to discuss in the CA, the issues have been reverted back to DR Sub-committee to narrow them down.
Lead political parties are still at odds over state restructuring and forms of governance. They have resolved fundamental disputes seen in the electoral system, judiciary system and in the recent times have neared consensus on issues related to forms of governance.
While the Madheshi Front and the Maoists have proposed for 10 provincial model based on unitary-ethnic federal model, the UML and Congress have proposed for an 8 province model on the basis of multiple basis of idenitity and capacity. While the Maoists and Madheshi parties have hinted at reaching compromise on 8 province model, the others have denied to accept it.
Regarding forms of governance, the Maoists have stuck to their demand of a directly elected Presidential system, Congress has backed a legislative elected Prime Minister with an improved parliamentary system, and the UML has proposed for a directly elected PM and a constitutional presidency.
Though parties have agreed in principle, during their recent discussions, for a mixed model of governance with executive powers divided between the PM and President, they have in the recent days, confronted each other on the scope of powers to be allocated to both of them.
So far there are 117 disputed issues in the constitution writing process and due to the inability of the CC to prepare the questionnaires, the meeting of the CA was postponed till Sunday for the second time in a row.