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All-party meeting today; HLPC rejects the call of CPN-Maoist to defer poll date


KATHMANDU: Although the first all-party meeting hosted by President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav has ended in a positive note and it was likely that today’s meeting forge deal with the dissenting parties, today’s meeting is likely to be fruitless as the Saturday’s meeting of the High Level Political Committee (HLPC), rejected a CPN-Maoist proposal to postpone the election to March/April and made it clear that they will not compromise on November election.

An all-party meeting on Saturday, however, made an understanding that it can request the Election Commission (EC) to arrange some time for the party registration, candidate selection and voter registration if the CPN-Maoist agrees to participate in the election. But the EC has already said that it cannot change the election calendar.

Though the HLPC is sticking to the election on November 19, sources say, parties have reached an informal understanding that the election can be postponed by a couple of weeks if the CPN-Maoist genuinely comes in the election process.

It is said that the major parties are divided on the issue of whether the November 19 Constituent Assembly polls should be postponed to bring the CPN-Maoist on board the election process. Unified CPN-Maoist has begun lobbying for the postponement saying the parties should be ready to defer the poll schedule as CPN-M has officially agreed to participate if election is deferred by four months. Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Madhes-based parties, however, strongly oppose the idea. For them, postponement could push the country towards uncertainty, sources said.

Nepali Congress leader Minendra Rijal said the HLPC expressed determination to hold elections on November 19. It also concluded that the change of guard or reshuffle of the Khil Raj Regmi-led government was not possible at this point as it would directly hamper elections, said Rijal.

UCPN-M leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha, however, said the parties should be flexible in dealing with the CPN-M demands as it has officially decided to join the polls and it would be irrational to exclude a political force from the poll process.

In the all-party meeting called by President Ram Baran Yadav on Friday, the CPN-Maoist-led alliance had tabled four-point conditions to join the election process. The alliance is demanding Khilraj Regmi’s resignation as chief justice, holding a round-table conference and common minimum understanding on contentious issues of a new constitution.

Meanwhile, CPN-Maoist Vice-chairman CP Gajurel said if the HLPC has taken such a decision it will be unhelpful to forge consensus. “We will present our position in the all-party meeting called by the President,” he said. The EC has asked the government to finalize the legal provisions of the election as soon as possible.

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