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EC mulling to extend date for voter’s registration; MJF Nepal chair says CDC recommendation not acceptable

DHANGADHI: As per the call of the High Level Political Committee to extend the deadline for registering the voter’s name, the Election Commission (EC) is mulling to expand the deadline and adjust the election time-table prepared by the Commission.

Commissioner of the EC, Ram Bhakta PB Thakur, has said that the EC is going to extend time of bio-metric voters’ list collection for those, who are missed out so far.

Talking to journalists in Dhangadi on Friday, Thakur said that the EC has been doing necessary homework to extend time for the registration of the voter’s list. He further informed that EC has been carrying out works in order to hold the CA election on the stipulated date.

Although the election depends largely on the decision of the major political parties, Thakur made it clear that the EC has been carrying out works in order to hold the CA election on the stipulated date and added that the EC activities would not be affected even if the date for CA election was extended.

Earlier, the EC had given the dead line to register names of voters in bio-metric voters’ list till July 15. The EC has been making mentality to extend time of voters’ list collection of late for the citizens eligible for voting rights and missed out registering their name following their complaints. It is estimated that around five million eligible voters have been left out in the registration process.

In another development Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav has said that his party will not accept the report of Constituency Delimitation Commission (CDC), which recommended continuity of 240 electoral constituencies for the first-past-the-post system.

Speaking at an interaction in the Capital a day after the submission of the report on Friday, Yadav said the report further deteriorated the poll environment. According to him, the report was submitted at a time when discussions on the delimitation of constituencies are underway.

He accused the government and four major political parties of not being serious to resolve the long-going political and constitutional crisis. He warned of taking to street if the election is held forcibly. Yadav made it clear that his party is ready to take part in the election if demands floated are addressed. One of the major demands of MJF Nepal led by Yadav is determining the constituencies based on the population. If constituencies are determined according to population, there will be more seats in Madhesh, which is considered as the major hold of Madhesh based parties.

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