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Date:2013-01-20 13:10:29

It is not necessary that the election system used for the election of the Constituent Assembly of 2008 be used for the elections of future legislatures. Nor is it essential for the same system to be adopted at all levels—at the national level and at the lower-level units, as Nepal becomes a federation, and at the level of local government. The adoption of some form of proportional representation system seems likely. On the national level, it would be possible to either retain the plurality system now in place or to adopt a wholly proportional representation system; a mixed system, similar to that used for the Constituent Assembly could also be adopted. Any of these systems might include adaptations designed to ensure greater inclusivity.

It is now vital to determine the representation character in the new constitution-making process through a massive and inclusive public debate. The contentious issues around the representation need a national consensus for which community public discourse is eminent especially incorporating the voice of the voiceless. In the past NEOC  concluded series of interactive sessions with the engaged stakeholders ranging from CA members to election experts, human rights defenders, political scientists, lawyers, women’s groups, youths, media and others.

The initiative to develop a democratic, inclusive and federalist model of representation through participatory approach, is of vital significance to recognize and respect the concerns of all sections of the society. With the provision of the ‘restructuring of the state’ as enshrined in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the Interim Constitution, identitification and ensuring the aspiration for the equitable representation of the under-represented and/or excluded section of the society is a cardinal agenda in the new constitution making process. Therefore, the endeavor of securing an appropriate representation model  categorically falls in line with the nation’s ongoing major transitional agenda. NEOC is engaged not only in broadening the debate on representation character but also to narrow down the differences and help build a concrete consensus on the issue. In the years 2009 and 2010, NEOC launched  a nationwide campaign to explore a viable electoral model in the new constitution drafting process while considering the changed political context.