KATHMANDU: Despite opposition of some political parties, the Election Commission (EC) has been expediting the preparations for the Election of the Constituent Assembly (CA) slated for November 19. The Election Commission briefed the foreign diplomats about the preparations for poll.
During a meeting with the Commission, Ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions, United Nations agencies and donor partners received information about the preparations for November poll. EC informed them about the preparations for poll, voter security and EC’s effort to hold the election in a free and fair manner despite opposition from some of the political parties.
Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety said the foreign diplomats had some concerns about poll security and voters’ awareness program, but ‘after the meeting they were confident about the polls’. “Now the donor community is confident about the security situation during the elections,” Uprety told journalists after the meeting.
Uprety said diplomatic missions had been supporting Nepal’s election process, and therefore, the meeting was organized to brief them about the poll preparation so that the donors would know how their money was being spent and how the desired goals would be achieved. “This meeting was organized with a view to informing our friends that their assistance has been utilized well,” he added.
Earlier the poll opposing alliance led by CPN-Maoist urged the International Community not to support the electoral process of the country as the election held without participation from all the political parties does not give any political outlet to the country. However the international community expressed that elections should be held at any cost and requested them to participate in the polls. The four major political parties have been continuing their efforts to convince disgruntled parties to take part in the elections. Uprety said the government was finalizing poll security plans and it would probably share the plan with the EC in three-four days. The EC briefed the donor community about the poll programs, election code of conduct and the code for the observers.
Emerging from the meeting, some diplomats informed that holding CA elections on the stipulated date was a crucial matter for Nepal to establish legitimate parliament and promote investment in the country. “Everyday I see, almost a thousand people queuing up for passport (so that they can go abroad to work). You need investment and development and for that to happen you need an elected parliament. Deferring polls for four-five months will not be good because that’s too long a time,” they added.
Meanwhile, the agitating 33-party alliance , which has been opposing the election of the constituent assembly and announcing different programs including the Nepal Bandh (Shutdown strike), has called off valley closure planned for September 11, saying that the bandh plan coincided with the SAFF Championship final.
Addressing a press meet in the Capital on Wednesday, CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung said that the alliance had withdrawn their plan for closure on Sept. 11. The final game of the ongoing Eighth SAFF Championship being held in Kathmandu also falls on the same date. Gurung said the alliance took the decision as they did not want to affect the sporting event being held in the country.
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