President rejects two election ordinances
KATHMANDU, AUG 18 -
President Ram Baran Yadav on Friday refused to endorse two ordinances relating to fresh Constituent Assembly elections forwarded to him by the government. The President’s Office, however, has not sent them back to the government.
In its efforts to hold fresh CA elections, the government had on July 27 forwarded two electoral bills—Election to the Member of the Constituent Assembly and Ordinance to Amend Some Existing Electoral Laws—to the President’s office.
This is the first instance of the President’s Office refusing to approve a recommendation forwarded by the government.
After consultations with legal experts, the President’s Office decided not to promulgate the ordinances. It questioned their relevance in the context of the Election Commission’s inability to hold elections as scheduled on November 22.
The President’s Office on Friday said promulgating electoral laws through ordinances in the context of the EC’s inability to hold the polls in November does not hold relevance.
In the absence of a Parliament, the government can amend the constitution through consensus. However, opposition parties are against the poll idea until a national consensus government is formed.
The government had announced fresh elections for November without taking the opposition into confidence when the CA term expired on May 27.
Opposition parties, especially the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML, are against the government’s move to amend laws through ordinances.
However, the government is working to amend more laws through ordinances. An official at the Ministry of Law has given consent to ordinances forwarded by the ministries concerned to be tabled in the Cabinet.
Sources said the Education Act, Civil Servants Act and Health Act are among a few bills to be tabled in the Cabinet for recommendation. The bills will later be forwarded to the President’s Office for approval.
Posted on: 2012-08-18 08:38