KATHMANDU: Following the calls of the Interim Election Government and High Level Political Committee it is the turn of the Election Commission to convince agitating political parties for talks to ensure elections of the constituent assembly.
In a bid to set environment for free and fair elections, the Election Commission has invited three agitating forces, the CPN-Maoist, the Federal Socialist Party and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal for talks.
Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav said the EC will urge the agitating forces to forge consensus with other stakeholders and help the election body conduct Constituent Assembly elections in a free and fair manner. He said the EC will apprise the three forces about preparations they have made thus far and what they are going to do next. Yadav said the EC wanted all political parties to join the poll process and therefore wanted to engage them.
FSP General Secretary Rajendra Shrestha said that his party is yet to take any decision in this regards as the EC cannot address our demands. The government and the four forces can. He further claimed that there was nothing in their demands that the four forces could not resolve. “Our core demand is: fix 60 per cent proportional representation. An all-party meeting should be called to forge consensus. If the four forces agree, even the CPN-M can join the poll process,” Shrestha claimed.
Meanwhile the EC on Tuesday endorsed the Constituent Assembly Elections Work Plan-2013. The 17-point action plan includes election related activities from electoral roll update to vote count. It aims to wrap up the voter registration process by July 15 and publicize the final list of voters within three weeks after the voter roll updating process comes to an end.
According to the work plan, the tasks concerning polling stations will be completed by July 17. The EC is likely to extend the party registration deadline until July 17. Appointments of district election officers on the recommendation of the Judicial Council and the Judicial Service Commission, their training and setting up of offices will be completed by September 15.
The election authority is kick-starting 16-day-long preparation for the First-Past-the-Post voting in deadly earnest from September 7. It will also set the scene for the proportional representation electoral system. EC officials said the Joint Election Monitoring Centre will in service from August 18 to November 19. The cross-security mechanism comprising four wings of the security forces—Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police and National Investigation—is commanding security officials to be mobilised during the elections.
The Media Centre, set up on July 6, will function till the curtain draws on the elections and media monitoring will start from July 17. Dissemination of education materials is starting on August 5 till November 7. Polling stations will be fixed by July 29. EC officials said the tasks related to implementation and monitoring of the poll code of conduct will continue till December 15.
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