National Assembly election planned for January 2024 with 20 members retiring in March

National Assembly policy and programme
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Kathmandu, November 21

Twenty members of the National Assembly, the Upper House of the Parliament, including Chair Ganesh Prasad Timilsina are retiring on March 4, 2024.

The National Assembly has 59 members and the six-year term of one-third of them is ending on March 4. They belong to the group of members whose term was determined through a draw for the first time after the formation of the Assembly in 2017.

Often referred to as the Elders’ House, the Upper House plays a crucial role in the legislative process by contributing to the enrichment of bills and legislation. It is a forum for in-depth discussions and provides valuable feedback, suggestions, and advice on the decisions put forth by the House of Representatives.

While some critics argue that the National Assembly has become overshadowed by the House of Representatives, it has, at times, conveyed messages to the House of Representatives, urging a review of certain significant bills.

The term of all the National Assembly members, whose tenure was determined for two, four and six years through a lottery system for the first time after the formation of the Assembly in 2017, is expiring on March 4, 2024.

Among them, eight belong to the CPN (UML), four to the Nepali Congress, three to the Maoist Centre, two to Unified Socialist and one to JSP while one each is an independent and nominated.

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