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EC proposes new CA election on November 14; Sets cut-off date for voters


KATHMANDU: Even though the political parties are yet to agree on some contentious issues of the new electoral legislation, the Election Commission (EC) has recommended the Khil Raj Regmi-led government to announce November 14 as the date for holding new Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.

According to Kantipur daily, a largest daily of Nepal, the EC has told the government that the polls, if held after November 14, may not be possible in around 16 districts of the mountain region. According to EC officials, records of the past 30 years show that the mountain areas normally witness snowfall after November 25.

“We should not go beyond that (third week of November). November 14 is the appropriate date. After the third week of November, the mountain region usually witnesses rainfall and snowfall,” the daily quoted Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety as saying.

Government Spokesperson Madhav Poudel said the government will announce the date once its homework on the pending electoral ordinance and the formation of a Constituency Delimitation Commi-ssion is complete.

The Regmi government has also been requested to promulgate the long pending ordinance to amend the Constituent Assembly Member Act and arrange logistics, including Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), without further delay. Fearing that the plan to hold the elections in November may be hit in the absence of a voter roll, the EC has fixed July 15 as the cut-off date for updating the list.

A meeting of the EC on Thursday decided to register citizens who attain the age of 18 on July 15 as eligible voters. According to EC officials, the ongoing voter roll update campaign will also formally end on this date.

Currently, the EC is busy verifying applications filed by 139 parties for registration. Poll-opposing parties, including the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist, have not applied for registration.

The UCPN (Maoist) and Madhes-based parties have been opposing the EC-formulated provisions like the threshold, a bar on convicts from contesting the elections before six years of the completion of their sentences, and the need to disclose property details of candidates. The Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML are, however, supporting the EC on these issues.’

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