‘We need different approaches if we expect different results’, expert warns as Nepal CA elections approach

23 August 2013
<p><br><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Last June, Nepal’s government finally set the date of the long anticipated general elections for 19</span><sup style="line-height: 1.5em;">th</sup><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;"> November 2013. Nepalese will, on that day be choosing representatives for a parliament that will also double as the Constituent Assembly (CA). Dubbed Constituent Assembly II, the body is expected to deliver a Constitution that has been in the works since the end of the civil war in 2008. </span><a style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;" href="http://www.constitutionnet.org/news/nepals-constitutional-impasse-insiders-perspective">The assembly was dissolved in May 2012 after delegates failed to agree, amongst others, on the kind of federal system that should be set up for the country resulting in the suspension of the constitution building process.</a><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;"> What are the prospects that the body will deliver the document this time? What are the potential challenges for the CA in this new phase of the project? What are the key scenario outcomes of this election and how is it likely to affect the completion of the constitution project?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ahead of the November 19 polls, <a href="http://www.idea.int/">International IDEA</a> caught up with Dr. Surya Dhungel, Constitutional Lawyer and Legal Advisor to Nepal’s President <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Baran_Yadav">Ram Baran Yadav</a> to explore some of the Do’s and Don’ts that&nbsp; should guide the next CA and political actors.</p> <p><div>[toc hidden:1]</div>
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