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EC hints at conducting election on a Single day; ECDC starts consultation with political parties

KATHMANDU: The Election Commission (EC) has ensured that it is ready to conduct the Constituent Assembly election on a single day.

Speaking in an interaction with chiefs of media houses, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Neel Kantha Upreti informed that the commission is ready to conduct the election on November 19 in a free, independent and impartial manner. The EC is fully concentrated on the same.

Upreti also urged the media not to doubt towards the step of the EC as its chief responsibility is to conduct the election.

Uprety further notified that necessary Acts have been promulgated through the ordinance while the EC has also passed the Election Regulations. Uprety also urged the media not to doubt the effort of EC as it is focused on conducting the election. Uprety notified that the ballot papers would be printed through Janak Education Material Limited. So far, a total of 139 political parties have been registered in the EC for the November 19 election.

The Commission has already begun a study of the locations that would host the polling centres using the global position system (GPS) technology. CEC Upreti said the coming election is will cost around rupees seven billion and the commission already requested the amount to the government.

Upreti also informed that more than 200,000 employees including security personnel are to be mobilized for the elections, and a training module has already been developed for the employees to be mobilized during the elections.

Media persons taking part in the discussion suggested the Commission to entrust an independent body like the Press Council to monitor the media during the elections. They also pledged to follow the election code of conduct during the elections.

Similarly, the Electoral Constituency Delineation Commission (ECDC) held an interaction with 17 political parties represented in the then Constituent Assembly on Monday to receive their views about the election constituencies for upcoming election.

They held discussion on matters relating to the jurisdiction of the Commission, its mandate and Articles 63 and 154 of the Interim Constitution of Nepal.

On the occasion, Commission Chairman Tahir Ali Ansari thanked the political parties for their important contribution and pledged to work as per the norms and spirit of the constitution. Commission Spokesperson Tek Prasad Dhungana made a presentation on the national and international experience and standards of electoral constitution delimitation.

The parties taking part in the interaction today were among other UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic), Tara Madhesh Democratic Party, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Nepal, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Communist Party of Nepal (ML) and CPN (United). The Commission is to continue discussion with other political parties as well. The commission is holding the interaction with 17 others parties tomorrow.

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