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EC expedites poll preparations; discusses need of foreign aid for polls


KATHMANDU: Although the political parties are yet to agree on the electoral legislation, which is crucial for holding the elections of the constituent assembly, the Election Commission has started preparation for the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election.

The Election Commission along with other government agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance, have started discussions on what kind of foreign aid or assistance would be appropriate for the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections .

Secretary of the EC Narayan Gopal Malego informed that the discussion started on the issue of foreign observers and the type of aid the government should receive for poll preparations.

“We have agreed in principle to accept foreign aid in kind, mostly the logistical support,” reports quoted an official, who participated in the discussions, as saying. The meeting also dwelt on the amount of money that can be received from various donors, according to the official.

According to EC sources the meeting discussed the need of logistics like photocopy, fax, ballot box, ballot paper, electronic goods and gadgets, vehicles, television and equipment needed to furnish media center during the polls. The meeting decided to prepare an inventory of required things, find out who can lend what kind of support and avoid duplication and haphazard way of seeking aid.

It is learnt that some foreign missions like the EU and the Carter Center have already expressed their desire to monitor and observe polls.

Meanwhile, as poll preparations are under way, meetings between foreign envoys and EC officials have also increased significantly.

On Tuesday, the Chinese Ambassador Wu Chuntai and newly-appointed Australian Ambassador Glenn White held talks with EC officials and pledged support for the polls. “In these both meetings, the possibility of receiving Chinese and Australian support was discussed,” said a statement issued by the EC.

EC officials also held talks with Chief of Army Staff General Gaurav SJB Rana on security related issues on Sunday. Earlier this month, EC officials also met with Switzerland’s Asia Pacific State Secretary Beat Noves, UN Under-Secretary General Gyan Chandra Acharya and European parliamentarian Jean Lambert, Indian Ambassador Jayanta Prasad, the EU election observer mission and former US President Jimmy Carter.

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