Friday, May 29, 2009

Model constitution on table for discussion

People's Review Thursday, 28 May 2009

A model constitution for Nepal was released on 21 May by a gathering of Constituent Assembly (CA) members, political leaders, lawyers, political scientists and sociologists.

The model consisting of 26 Chapters and 297 Articles is intended to help stimulate rational discussions on core constitutional issues facing the country. The model was drafted by constitutional expert Bipin Adhikari.

According to a statement, the document aims to assist the CA to draft a new constitution within the mandated timeframe.

In the programme, National Human Rights Commission chairman and former Chief Justice Kedar Nath Upadhyay said that draft addresses many complicated issues that the new constitution of the nation will have to deal with.

Adhikari said that it would be difficult to ensure genuine public participation without an expert draft on the table.

Referring to Nepal's experience with six written constitutions over a period of 59 years, Adhikari emphasized that the early demise of constitutions are usually due to factors other than those relating to the constitution itself.

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