Regmi names three members of Constitutional Council; HLPC recommends Commissioners for EC

KATHMANDU: Chairperson of the Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi has assigned three ministers of his cabinet to work as members of the Constitutional Council.

Regmi has named Minister for Home and Foreign Affairs Madhav Prasad Ghimire, Minister for women, Children and Social Welfare Riddhi Baba Pradhan and Minister for information and Communications Madhav Paudel as members of the council, in accordance with a presidential decree that amended the constitution a week ago.

The four-member Council, which is headed by chairperson of the Council, is a powerful body that has the authority to name commissioners of key state bodies such as the Election Commission, Commission for Investigation of Authority and National Human Rights Commission. Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudel is also the secretary of the council. According to sources Paudel is likely to resign from the top post of the bureaucracy after the Interim Election Council appointed some of his juniors to the post of Minister.

Although the political parties have agreed to allow the interim election council function independently, all the political appoints are being made on the recommendation of the High Level Political Committee, a committee comprising representatives of four major political parties. The fringe political parties have been protesting the decision of four major political parties to take decision without consulting them.

Meanwhile, the High Level Political Committee on Wednesday decided to recommend the interim election government to appoint Ram Bhakta Thakur and Ila Sharma as election commissioners.

Similarly, Neelkanth Uprety, Dolakh Bahadur Gurung and Ayodhi Prasad Yadav, who retired from the Election Commission of Nepal, have also been recommended for their reappointment. The HLPC members, who are top leaders of major four political forces, held the meeting this evening to make the decision.

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