Leaders stress on consensus to hold CA elections

KATHMANDU: Various political parties’ leaders and civil society representatives have underscored the need to build political consensus before holding election to Constituent Assembly (CA)

At an interaction programme organized by National Election Observation Committee (NEOC) here on Friday, CPN-UML general secretary Iswor Pokharel said though all the political parties have belief in election as the backbone of democracy the way the present government announced polls was unconstitutional.

Only the national consensus government could hold election, he said adding that, ‘All the political parties are ready to go for election but the new national government barely reserves the right to hold election’.

Nepali Congress leader Ramesh Lekhak said as election is the best alternative it should be accomplished only on the basis of national consensus.

‘The election announced in a sponsored manner does not hold any significance. The new government formed after the dissolution of the incumbent on could announce polls’, he added.

CPN-UML leader Pampha Bhusal said her party would accept the election if it was held on political consensus. ‘Roundtable conference and interim all-side government would be the best alternative to resolve the current political crisis’.

Chairperson of Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum Nepal, Upendra Yadav said the election announced by the government was genuine as it is the only the best alternative. ‘National consensus was a must for this’.

Political analyst Nilambar Acharya argued that the national consensus government could only hold election in the country.

Also speaking on the occasion were constitution expert Purna Man Shakya, Administrative Court Chairperson Kashi Raj Dahal, former Chief Election Commission Bhoj Raj Pokharel, election commissioner Ayaodi Prasad Yadav, Nepal Bar Association Chairperson Prem Bahadur Khadka and advocate Chandra Kanta Gyawali. RSS

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