Nepal's Constituent Assembly regulation faces problems in finalising draft

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Kathmandu, Sept 18 : The Rules and Regulations Drafting Committee (RRDC) at the Constituent Assembly (CA) is facing problems in finalising a draft of the CA rules and regulations.

Some of the Constituent Assembly members are divided over provisions for conscience votes and a separate women's caucus within the Constituent Assembly-cum-Legislature Parliament.

According to RRDC Coordinator Narayan Man Bijukchhe, the draft prepared by experts has recommended a conscience vote except on certain issues.

He also informed that women members have been demanding a separate a women's caucus.

"If we agree to the provision for women's caucus, it will also invite further complications within the Constituent Assembly and parliament due to the presence of different groups like the Madhesis, Jananatis, Dalits and people of marginalized and backward regions, who will also be encouraged to demand their own separate caucuses," he added.

He criticized major political parties within the Constituent Assembly for not giving priority to these issues and not sending senior party leaders to the meeting.

The RRDC meeting has almost agreed to form a big Constitution Drafting Committee representing all 25 political parties and different groups within the Constituent Assembly instead of the proposed 15-member committee, Kantipur reported.

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