Sunday, July 30, 2006

Deadline Ends, Panel Fails To Finalise Draft Statute

The Interim Constitution Drafting Committee (ICDC) on Saturday failed to submit the draft of the interim constitution to the seven-party alliance even after the expiry of the 25-day time given to it.

The committee headed by Laxman Aryal could not complete the drafting of the document owing to delay on the part of the Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN-UML in submitting their respective suggestions.

While CPN-UML is expected to submit its suggestion on Sunday, there is no word when the NC or NC (D) would submit their views since the discussion is still going on in the parties. The team is likely to be given an extension any time. Draft Committee (ICDC) were busy in Dhulikhel giving a final touch to the draft.

"We will complete the job in a week after the parties give their suggestions. CPN-Maoist has already given its suggestion," said Sindhunath Pyakurel, a member of the panel.

A joint meeting of the government and the CPN (Maoist) on June 16 had formed a six-member Committee headed by former Supreme Court justice Laxman Prasad Aryal.

After receiving heavy criticism by the Committee for not being inclusive, the Committee on July 15 decided to induct three more members to make it a nine-member committee, giving it a complete shape.

The constitution to be drafted by the committee would presage the future constitution to be drawn up by constituent assembly.

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