KATHMANDU: As the date for proposed elections of the Constituent Assembly is approaching, the CPN-UML has come up with the action plan targeting the election. Party chairperson Jhala Nath Khanal presented an action plan for the CA election in the central committee.
The plan focuses on efforts to reach consensus for the election, publicity campaign, resource mobilization, candidate selection criteria, issues to be included in the election manifesto and formation of central panel for election.
Khanal proposed that regional committees recommend names of at least three persons for FPTP, a woman candidate included, and names of two persons for the PR by September 5. Khanal also proposed that the party’s central committee finalize the candidates’ list, while the standing committee will draft the election manifesto.
With the CA election scheduled for November approaching, the UML has called for suggestions from the public for inclusion in its election manifesto. The party had earlier this month issued a circular to its local chapters suggesting to them to recommend the names of possible candidates, along with alternatives names, from their respective constituencies.
Khanal, in his paper, emphasized for focusing the party activities more on the general public than on party members. Top leaders of the party at a recent Standing Committee meeting took this decision after concluding that the party’s activities in the previous election were more focused on the party itself.
Similarly the party has proposed to collect donations for the party in three categories for purposes of the coming election. As per Khanal’s proposal, the party will collect Rs 10,000 each from a grouping that includes former Constituent Assembly (CA) members, former ministers, businesspersons, professionals and senior party members having good sources of income. It will collect Rs 1,000 from Central Committee members and other members working at the party’s central level departments, and Rs 100 each from all formal members of the party. Earlier, Nepali Congress has decided to take donation only through bank to ensure financial transparency during the election.
Khanal also proposed constituting a central-level election mobilization panel under the leadership of a standing committee member. The party has proposed forging electoral alliance with like-minded democratic forces. Khanal proposed a panel to mobilize volunteer groups to prevent rigging and to ensure that the party’s candidate can freely reach out to voters.
Presenting a special proposal at the ongoing meeting, CC member Yogesh Bhattarai has demanded that the party decide to lobby for a fully-proportional electoral system that would help bring the agitating CPN-Maoist into the election process. Under the existing mixed electoral model, 42 percent of the total CA members are elected under a first-past-the-post system while 58 percent come under the proportional representation quota.
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