Issues of Consensus and Contention
It has been seven years since the process of drafting the constitution from the Constituent Assembly started. It has already been 11 months since elections to the Constituent Assembly II following the automatic expiry of the Constituent Assembly I after its failure to draft a constitution. During the elections to the Constituent Assembly II, political parties including Nepali Congress, CPN (UML), UCPN (M), and others had expressed commitment to draft a constitution within one year. The government and the political parties have expressed their commitment to draft the constitution within a year based on the first sitting of the Constituent Assembly on January 22, 2014. Based on this, the constitution should be drafted by January 22, 2015. Though the Constituent Assembly had prepared a schedule based on that, the work has not proceeded according to the schedule.