The Political Pact Highlights

The Political Pact Highlights

March 23, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 06 No. -19 Mar. 22- 2013 (Chaitra 09, 2069)

1.We agreed to form an interim election government under the leadership of the sitting chief justice and hold the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections by June 21, 2013.

2.There will be an 11-member interim government to set a new date for the CA polls by December 15, 2013 if holding the elections in June is not possible due to any technical or unavoidable circumstances. In such a situation, the election government will set a new date as per the agreement reached with a to-be-formed high-level political committee.

3.The new government will be an interim election cabinet and its head is to be known as chairman, instead of prime minister. The ministers will be nominated from among former civil servants, who have retired from positions of special class [secretary] level or above [chief secretary].

4.The head of the government will resume his function as the chief justice after he accomplishes the task of holding the CA elections.

5.The new CA will have 491 members. Of these, 240 members will be elected under the first-past-the-post electoral system and 240 will be elected under proportional representative quotas while another 11 members will be nominated by the cabinet on the basis of political agreement.

6.The interim cabinet will not be allowed to take any decision that may have a long-term impact on the country.

7.The tenure of the CA will be complete after drafting the new constitution. This time, however, the leaders have not fixed the term of the to-be-elected CA.

8.The issue of determining the rank of former Maoist combatants would be decided as per the political agreements reached in the past.

9.On the row over the key provision of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the leaders have decided not to include any provision on general amnesty for those involved in human rights violations during the decade-long Maoist insurgency.

10.On voters´ registration, it has been decided to take the voters´ list used during the 2008 CA election as the major basis and run a citizenship distribution campaign with a view to cover those who couldn´t be registered due to lack of citizenship certificates.

11.The leaders have also committed themselves to holding elections for local bodies by mid-April 2014. The last poll for local bodies took place around 15 years ago.

12.The agreement stated that the appointments to vacant posts in the constitutional bodies and for the posts of ambassadors will be based on political understanding.

UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal and coordinator of the United Madhesi Democratic Front (UDMF) Bijaya Gachchhadar signed the 11-point political agreement at the secretariat of the Special Committee at the International Convention Center.

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