7 March 2201, Kathmandu
The Seventh Session of the House of Representatives (HoR), the lower house of the Federal Parliament, is commencing from today after the Supreme Court reinstated it in a landmark verdict on February 23.
The house session is taking place at a time when the dispute within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is at its peak.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari has summoned the first meeting of the Seventh Session of the HoR for 4pm on Sunday. The Head of State has summoned the HoR session on the recommendation of the government as per the constitutional provision.
The Seventh Session of the lower house of the parliament is convening as per the Supreme Court’s order of reinstating the House of Representatives. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had dissolved the HoR on December 20, 2020 and announced a fresh mid-term poll.
The Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court reinstated the dissolved HoR on February 23. The constitution has a provision which says there should not be a gap of more than six months between the Monsoon Session and the Winter Session of the Federal Parliament. The Sixth Session of the HoR was concluded on July 1.
The Seventh Session of the National Assembly, the upper house of the Federal Parliament, was summoned on January 1 and it concluded after running for a few days.
Today’s HoR meeting has been taken as meaningful following its restoration by the court recently. A total of 269 parliamentarians and Speaker are expected to be present in the meeting.
Like earlier, a letter calling the session sent from the President Office would be read out and top leaders of political parties representing in the HoR would deliver a welcome speech.
According to a constitutional provision, there are 275 HoR members including 165 elected under the direct electoral system and 110 under the proportional electoral system.