KATHMANDU: One day after the High Level Political Committee, the cross party taskforce of four major political parties, signed an agreement with the Upendra Yadav led Madeshi Front, to extend the deadline for updating voter’s list, the Election Commission on Friday ruled out any possibility of extending the voter registration works for two weeks.
“We have resumed voter registration for one week only. It can’t be extended for two weeks, as it will delay the November 19 polls of the second Constituent Assembly,” said the Commission’s spokesperson, Bir Bahadur Rai.
The Election Commission has made it clear that it would not be possible to defer the election schedule as there is very limited time remaining for the November elections. The Election Commission has also appealed the government and the political parties to reach into consensus by third week of August to ensure November Elections. As the HLPC reached a six-point agreement with the poll-opposing Front convincing the latter to take part in the polls, one of the agreements, however, was to extend voter registration for two weeks.
Following requests from various quarters, the Commission on Thursday resumed the already closed voter registration works for a short period from August 17 to 23 next week. The agreement with the Front was reached hours later in the midnight, the same day.
The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), which became active following the appointment of Lokman Singh Karki as the Chief Commissioner of the anti-graft watchdog, has decided to take complaints from Social Media and networking sites.
Issuing a press statement, the official anti-corruption body said that such move will help to control corruption and irregularities in the country. As of today, the CIAA has been receiving complaints only through the postal mails in the form of hard copies. The CIAA has been showing significant activism in the past few weeks since the appointment of new Chief Commissioner, Lok Man Singh Karki after years of vacuum in the constitutional body.
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