KATHMANDU: In a bid to expedite preparations for the upcoming elections of the Constituent Assembly, the Election Commission has started the registration and renewal of political parties in the Election Commission for the coming Constituent Assembly.
The political parties applying for the registration are CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal, Nepali Congress, CPN-ML, Terai Madhesh Loktantrik Party, Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Nepal-Democratic, and Sanghiya Loktantrik Rastriya Manch (Tharuhat).
According to the EC, 34 political parties have already taken the application form for the party registration. A total of 54 political parties had taken part in the first 2008 CA election. Currently, the number of political parties registered at the EC is 119.
The EC began the registration without keeping the serial number after dispute surfaced between the UCPN-Maoist and CPN-UML when both the parties claimed that they were the first to reach the EC and demanded that their party be registered first. Cadres of both the parties had reached the EC premises at 6 in the morning to become the first party to be registered for the polls. Police had to interfere after cadres of both the parties nearly came to blows over the issue.
EC regulation states that the political parties, which contested in the first CA election in 2008, also have to register to take part in coming polls.
The old political parties are not required to submit 10,000 signatures. However, this rule has not been changed for the new political parties. According to a schedule published by the EC on Sunday, the registration process will continue till May 29.
Meanwhile commenting about the dispute between two parties for the registration, Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Upreti, who is currently in Kaski to observe the voter registration process, said that the incident created environment for the polls. The parties seem committed for the polls and today’s incident is a case in point so similar environment should be created in district level for the poll, he added.
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