KATHMANDU: The Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee today agreed to make a provision in the new constitution that a person convicted of moral turpitude or serious crime will not be allowed to file candidacy in parliamentary elections.
This will be mentioned under the provision of a Parliament member’s qualification, said CPDCC Chairman Baburam Bhattarai during the meeting.
As per the existing election law, a person cannot file candidacy in the parliamentary elections for five years after completing the sentence in a case of moral turpitude or serious crime.
A 25 years old person will be able to file candidacy in the Lower House and the age bar will be 35 years in the Upper House. The CPDCC agreed to make vice president the ex-officio chairman of the Upper House.
The committee, however, was divided on the strength of both houses of the Parliament. Most members want the Lower House strength not to exceed 151 members and Upper House 51 members. They criticised the report of the CPDCC’s Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee, which suggested a 235-member House of Representatives, including 118 members to be elected under the first-past-the-post system with 117 coming from proportional representation system. In the existing unilateral legislature, 240 and 335 members were elected from the FPTP and PR systems, respectively, while 26 are to be Cabinet nominees.
The first CA’s Committee on Determination of Forms of Legislative Body had suggested 151-member Lower House and 51-member Upper House.
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