The timetable set for the Constitutional Commission to commence work may be delayed.
The Commission was to begin its public consultations on July 2 and conclude on September 30, according to the announcement made by the interim prime minister on March 9.
But it is now confirmed that the Chair of the Commission Professor Yash Ghai will not arrive until July 7. He was initially expected on June 20. The reason for his delayed arrival has not been made known.
No information is available on the arrival of two other commissioners who reside abroad. Moreover, the Commission is yet to finalise staff recruitment, including the appointment of an executive secretary to head its secretariat.
FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry said his Party was awaiting a meeting with the full Commission.
“We have a number of very important issues on which we will be seeking answers from them. We want to see all of them together.
“It is now apparent from threatening statements made by the regime that they have an agenda of their own which they want to impose on the people.
“Restrictions are still in place which inhibit the freedom of the people to assemble and discuss issues pertaining to the constitution. Media freedom remains curtailed despite assurances to the contrary,” Mr Chaudhry said.
Donor countries which have offered to fund the process need to take note of the restrictive conditions prevailing here. They should seriously consider whether the process can be called inclusive and participatory as this was the condition on which they had initially agreed to provide assistance.