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EC gives up holding CA elections on November 22

KATHMANDU: The Election Commission concluded and declared on Monday that the elections to the Constituent Assembly announced by the government for coming November 22 was not possible.

The Commission made its decision public after conveying the same to the Government earlier today.

Speaking at a press conference organized to share the decision in the capital today, Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Nilkantha Upreti, said though unfortunate we had to announce that the elections could not be held in the proposed date as the Government and the political parties failed to fulfill our request to remove the obstacles to holding the elections on November 22.

“As the constitutional and legal provisions requested through a letter to the Government on June 21 and consensus among political parties failed to materialize, the second elections to the CA announced by the government for November 22 is not possible”, reads a statement released by the Commission.

Acting CEC Upreti, however, said that the Commission would continue its preparations with the assumption that the country would head for polls anytime in the future.

Following the dissolution of the CA and announcement of fresh elections to the CA on May 27, the Election Commission had requested the Government to ensure that all essential constitutional and legal provisions are in place 120 days prior to the day of the elections.

Meanwhile, Joint-secretary Sharada Prasad Trital has been designated the Acting Secretary and the spokesperson of the Commission, following the resignation by the Commission Secretary Shanker Prasad Koirala. RSS

Published Date: Monday, July 30th, 2012 | 07:30 PM

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