KATHMANDU: Former US President Jimmy Carter, who is on a three-day visit to Nepal, has called on Chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi at his official residence in Baluwatar, on Saturday and discussed the matters of mutual interest and concerns.
The duo learnt to have discussed the issues of current political situation of the country and upcoming elections of the Constituent Assembly. Mr Carter is learnt to have expressed the confidence that the election would be held on the stipulated time under the chair of Regmi.
The former U.S. President had wanted to know with Chairman Regmi on topics like the Constituent Assembly election, the measures to be adopted for that, the problems encountered in the collection of voters’ list and how the parties opposed to the election would be brought to consensus. Mr Carter also discussed about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as the TRC bill received wide criticism from human rights community of the country.
In reply, Chairman Regmi said that the government has requested all the political parties for their full cooperation for holding the election and that a talk team has also been formed for the participation of the parties opposed to the election in the election process through talks and dialogue. He gave assurances that the election to the Constituent Assembly would be held on the stipulated date.
Chairperson Regmi has also taken positively the permission sought by the former US President Carter to play a role of observer in the upcoming CA election. He said that the Carter Center would be allowed for the same on behalf of the Nepal Government. On the occasion, the Election Government Chairman highly applauded support and cooperation extended by the Carter Center during the first CA election and urged to continue such support in the second election also.
Carter, who arrived in the capital yesterday, met President Ram Baran Yadav at the latter’s office, Shital Niwas, discussing the matters related Nepal’s political transition and the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections, on Friday.
The Kathmandu office of the Carter Centre has said the former US President will meet senior government officials, political leaders, and civil society representatives in support of the Centre’s peace monitoring and election observation in Nepal.
The Carter Centre has been working in Nepal since 2004. In 2004, Carter Center staff met with royal and government officials and representatives from other national organizations to discuss possible solutions to the civil conflict and avenues of mediation. The Carter Center held several rounds of conflict resolution training for political party representatives and civil society leaders, held bridge-building sessions with Maoist representatives in Nepal, and worked in broad cooperation and coordination with international organizations engaged in Nepal.
Accepting the invitation of the government of Nepal, the Election Commission, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Nepali Congress, the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), and various other political parties, the Carter Centre monitored the elections of the constituent assembly by deploying national and international election observers.
The Centre carried out monitoring the peace process of Nepal by deploying international and national observers with the objectives of monitoring the postelection peace and constitution drafting processes and to provide impartial information on progress in these areas to political and civil society leaders throughout the country.
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