KATHMANDU: One day after the leaders of major political parties representing at the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) failed to reach into some contentious issues of the electoral law and handed over the responsibility to the election government to promulgate the electoral legislation, chairperson of CPN-UML Jhalanath Khanal has formally requested the government to announce the date for the proposed Constituent Assembly (CA) polls by promulgating the ordinance on electoral laws.
During his meeting with chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi at the latter’s office in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu on Tuesday, Khanal made the request at the Capacity of the Coordinator of the High Level Political Committee (HLPC).
In his meeting today, Khanal also urged Chairman Regmi to announce the date of the CA election by finalizing the election ordinance at the earliest. Regmi, in response, pledged to promulgate the election ordinance by incorporating the suggestions of the major parties. Emerging from the meeting, former Prime Minister Khanal said that the parties will accept the election ordinance that will be promulgated by the government.
“There will no longer be debate regarding the provision of threshold. We believe that the government will come up with an election ordinance that will be balanced and acceptable to all,” he added. The political parties agreed to hand-over responsibility to the IEC to form electoral legislation after the IEC requested the parties either to reach into consensus soon or allow the government to form the legislation.
Provision of ‘threshold’ has remained the major sticking point among the parties that caused the delay in the announcement of the poll date. The eligibility of the election candidates is another nut the parties have failed to crack.
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