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EC forwards Election Ordinance to government for June polls

KATHMANDU: The Election Commission has updated the election ordinances to be forwarded by the government to the President for promulgation for holding the elections of the constituent assembly by Mid June.

The EC, which is awaiting the appointment of commissioners and the clearance of legal and constitutional hurdles for early polls have updated the ordinance to suit the changed context in direct coordination with the Ministry of Law.

The formulated ordinances include the Electoral Roll Act (2063), the Election Commission Act (2063) and the Constituent Assembly Act. According to media reports, the EC has been holding frequent consultations with the Ministry of Law over the ordinances. In the absence of parliament, political parties have agreed to promulgate electoral acts by removing the difficulties.

However, the government still needs to amend provisions in the Interim Constitution to hold fresh Constituent Assembly polls.

In attempts to materialize the government’s plan to hold polls in early June, the Commission has been continuing its voter registration campaign and conducting training on voter education, media reports quoted officials at the EC as saying.

The EC had prepared a 92-day plan to hold polls on June 5, the date proposed by the cross-party task force for fresh CA elections. Only 97 days remain to the proposed deadline. EC officials said the government’s plan for June elections will largely rely on when the political parties reach an agreement on the polls.

The major political parties are having hectic meetings and preparing the modalities of the CJ led government, so, they are yet to pay heed to the election related issues. Though the parties are reiterating for holding the fresh poll by Mid June, they are likely to postpone it for six more months as they are yet to reach into consensus on some thorny issues.

Published Date: Thursday, February 28th, 2013 | 10:51 PM

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