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Election Commissioner shares dissatisfaction with parties

KATHMANDU: The Election Commission (EC) discussed on Sunday amendment to the interim constitution and removing other legal obstacles to holding the elections to the Constituent Assembly (CA) on November 22 with the top leaders of the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (UML).

At the interaction held at the EC office, the top leaders reiterated their commitment to a consensus among the major political forces for making an atmosphere conductive to holding the elections announced by the Government.

The EC urged the top leaders to forge a consensus soon adding that it could be flexible, to some extent, though related laws were needed on time to conduct the elections.

Chairman of UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal, UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal and NC Vice-President Ram Chandra Paudel had reached the EC office at the invitation of the EC and held discussion with the Acting Chief Election Commissioner and other commissioners of the EC.

On the occasion, Acting Chief Election Commissioner Nilkantha Uprety said the EC was facing hurdles in beginning preparations for the CA elections due to lack of laws required for the election.

CEC Uprety said though consensus among political parties was inevitable for amending the constitution no genuine efforts were made so far to that end.

After the discussions, Maoist Chairman Dahal said consensus among political parties was the only option to resolve the issue.

Chairman Dahal said the EC informed the leaders about the present condition regarding the elections and added that all the parties would soon reach to a conclusion to go for the election.

However, UML Chairman Khanal said elections on November 22 were not possible under present circumstance.

“Election on November 22 is impossible as nothing will happen within the next ten days. There is no meaning of additional time or postponing the date for elections without a national consensus”, he said.

Similarly, NC Vice-President Poudel said today’s opinion of the EC on elections has proved that the government declared the elections without any basis.

Acting Chief Election Commissioner Uprety said the leaders were invited to discuss about the parties’ view on the elections, as there were slim chances of getting laws required for holding the elections.

“We had said we need 120 days to begin the process for elections. But, we have no act, constitution and law as of today”, Uprety said. RSS

Published Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 | 09:32 AM

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