KATHMANDU: At a time when the Madehsh based parties have been demanding to increase the number of constituencies based on the population, the Constituency Delimitation Commission (CDC) on Thursday submitted its report to the government, suggesting to continue the earlier 240 electoral constitutes as per first-past-the-post system.
Commission Chairman Tahir Ali Ansari handed over the report to Chairman of Interim Election Government, Khil Raj Regmi. The government had formed the commission under former Chief Justice Tahir Ali Ansari on June 19 to redraw the constituencies for second Constituent Assembly. The CDC had began its work on June 25.
CDC member Netra Dhital informed that the CDC enacted the 240 seats citing constitutional and legal complexities to make any changes. The CDC even failed to any decision apropos to the 35 first-past-the-post election constituencies which it can add or reduce. In the 2008 Constituent Assembly elections, 35 seats were added.
The Article 154 (8) of the Interim Constitution prohibits reduction of 205 constituencies that existed in 1999, but the Article 63 (3) says Madhes will have constituencies in proportion to its percentage of population.
Earlier on June 13, the government had formed the CDC after announcing November 19 as poll date. Geologist Netra Dhital, sociologist Dambar Chemjong and former administrator Madhu Niti Tiwari are members of the commission, while legal secretary at the Prime Minister’s office Raju Man Singh Malla is the member secretary.
The High Level Political Committee, the cross-party task force formed to support the Chief Justice led government, has also formed the task-force to submit report on the number of constituencies. The Upendra Yadav led faction has been demanding to delineate constituencies based the size of population.
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