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EC sets deadline of Mid August to find consensus for November polls; Election Code of Conduct enforced


KATHMANDU: As the major political parties and the government have been spending time just reiterating the call for consensus rather than taking concrete measures to bring the disgruntled parties on board for holding the elections of the constituent assembly, the Election Commission (EC) has urged the major parties and the government to bring all the disgruntled parties on board by Mid August to hold the election on November 19.

Organizing a press conference in the capital on Monday, Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kanth Uprety stressed that the issue of participation by disgruntled parties, including the CPN-Maoist, must be settled before August 16. Everything must be settled within the next four weeks. The commission will enter into another process after August 20. “Parties that have not registered themselves with the EC can do so within August 20,” he said, adding that they will start notifying the remaining parties about the registration from Tuesday. As of now, 139 parties have applied for registration, while some parties, including the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist, have stayed out of the poll process.

He further said that the EC will soon initiate the process of setting up offices for returning officers, candidacy filing and printing ballot papers, among other activities. The chief election commissioner´s statement come on the day the Interim Election Council began formal talks with the Federal Democratic Forum (FDF), the alliance of eight disgruntled political parties including Madhesi People´s Rights Forum (MPRF) led by Upendra Yadav. However the meeting could not make any headway as both the sides exchanged their views to each other.

The 33-party alliance led by the CPN-Maoist is yet to begin formal talks with the Interim Election Council. The CPN-Maoist leadership has been stating that they will not hold talks with the present government if there are any preconditions.

In a separate context, the chief election commissioner has ruled out the possibility of giving another chance for ´missing voters´ to register in the new electoral roll with photo and biometrics for purposes of the upcoming November election. “It is next to impossible to give one more time for voter registration as it can affect our calendar,” Uprety maintained. Some Madhes-based political parties have been demanding that the EC should give some more time for voter registration.

Around 1 million citizens may not be able to exercise their franchise this time around as they failed to register themselves in the new voter roll. It also said a final list of voters will be up on August 20. The EC on Monday issued a public notice, asking all concerned to check the list of voters’ names available in every ward of VDCs and Municipalities. It said voters can seek corrections to mistakes in the list, if any.

Uprety said the EC will start sending the final list to all the districts, VDCs and wards, begin printing ballot papers and make preparations for candidacy registration after August 20.

The Election Commission enforced Election Code of Conduct from Monday. The code, divided into eight segments, now stands implemented and the EC has already started monitoring it, EC officials said.

The commission also asked all individuals and organizations concerned to not distribute relief/aid until the code is in place. Any relief/aid for any purpose, including for those affected by floods in the country, should go through the government.

While Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav will look after activities of the government and the political parties, another Commissioner Ila Sharma will monitor activities of the media and see whether they are abiding by the code of conduct. Another Commissioner Rambhakta PB Thakur will monitor the activities of foreign observers.

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