Legal experts stress on amendment to constitution draft

Lalitpur, July 26: Current and former members of the Constituent Assembly, legal and constitutional experts have suggested to promulgate the new constitution only after finalizing the name and demarcations of the federal units.

Speaking at an interaction organized by Lalitpur Bar Association here today, they also voiced their support for a directly elected head of the federal executive. Stating that efforts were being made to include many things in the draft, they stressed on the need to reflect constitutionalism and the balance of power in it.

On the occasion, Nepal Bar Association Chair Hari Krishna Karki said the new constitution should put an end to instability and not promote conflict between the judiciary and the executive.

CA member representing Laltipur Madan Bahadur Amatya said it would be difficult to work in the interest of the people unless the mentality of the leaders was changed while ex-CA member Ekraj Bhandari said the constitution, as proposed in the draft, would give continuity to the conflict.

CA member Laxman Rajbanshi said a CA member elected through the inclusive system is seemed to be of the second class member while former CA member Rajkaji Maharjan said the draft constitution is an appropriate document for rebellion.

Likewise, former CA member Nawaraj Subedi voiced against the PR system stating that it promotes trade of lawmakers and create instability.

CA member Radha Timilsina warned that they would return to agitation  if their suggestions were not incorporated in the final draft of the new constitution. CA members Chandra Ram Narayan Bidari said the constitution can be amended as per the need and demand of time.

District Judge Mohan Raj Bhattarai demanded independent judiciary in the new constitution.

Senior advocate Chandeshwor Shrestha argued that the Federal Commission cannot carry out the demarcation of federal provinces. Constitutional expert Dilmani Pokhrel stressed the need of competence-based appointment of Chief Justice while Nepal Bar Association General Secretary Sunil Kumar Pokhrel demanded inclusive parliament, a two-third majority provision for amendments to the constitution and direct election of the Prime Minister.

NBA former General Secretary Raman Kumar Shrestha stressed a white paper should be issued regarding the people's submission in the constitution draft. 

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