KATHMANDU: At a time when Chief of Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi has been addressing the nation and appealing all parties to take part in the elections, the disgruntled factions are finalizing their protest programs against the election announced by the government.
The 44-fringe parties, which have been protesting against formation of the Interim Election Government led by Chief Justice have rejected the appeal of the government and unveiled a fresh protest programs against the election slated for November 19.
Dubbing the announcement of CA poll date as undemocratic and regressive act, a front of 33 parties led by Mohan Baidhya’s CPN-Maoist and the Federal Democratic Front, which includes eight parties including Upendra Yadav’s Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal, made public their protest programs including Nepal bandh.
The representatives of the parties had gathered at Shantibatika before unveiling the protest plan. They have demanded to roll back the CA poll announcement, and seek a ‘progressive political outlet” through a new agreement among the political parties. The fronts have imposed a nationwide general strike on Sunday, June 16.
They are scheduled to organize corner assemblies on June 15 on the eve of Nepal bandh. The parties have been demanding formation of partisan government after holding the round-table conference after dissolving the incumbent government.
Meanwhile different countries have welcomed the announcement of the elections of the constituent assembly. The United States of America (USA), Norway and Switzerland have welcomed the government’s decision to hold fresh CA election on November 19 this year.
“We welcome the announcement by the Interim Election Council of Ministers in Nepal that Constituent Assembly elections will take place on November 19th,” said Jennifer R. Psaki, spokesperson for the US Department of State at a daily press briefing in Washington on Friday. Psaki described the government’s decision as an important step since the dissolution of the previous Constituent Assembly more than a year ago.
Meanwhile, Nepal’s one of the donor countries, Norway has congratulated the people of Nepal on the announcement of the fresh CA election. “Election at this moment in time is crucial to bring Nepal back on track for the continuation of a peaceful, democratic and inclusive Nepal. We therefore also welcome the decision by the political parties to rise above party politics and coming to an agreement that puts the welfare of the nation first,” reads the statement issued by Norwegian embassy in Kathmandu on Friday.
Switzerland has also applauded the government’s decision saying that having completed the necessary electoral legislation and its efforts to ensure that the elections will be impartial, credible and fully participatory. “Democratic elections are a prerequisite for the consolidation of the transformation of Nepal into an inclusive and democratic federal state. They are also essential for increased effectiveness of development cooperation,” reads the statement issued by Swiss embassy in Kathmandu.
These countries have encouraged all political parties to take part in these elections and do everything possible to ensure that the elections are free from intimidation and violence. They also expressed readiness to support for the elections of the constituent assembly.
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