KATHMANDU: Amid threats from poll opposing 33-party alliance to foil the election of the constituent assembly on November 19, Chairperson of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic) Bijay Kumar Gachhadar has said that the election to the Constituent Assembly (CA) scheduled for November 19 would in no way be put off. Talking to journalists in Biratnagar on Saturday, Gachhadar said there was no alternative to CA election as it was the public aspiration.
He also added that the people will reject general strike organized by the poll-opposing CPN-Maoist-led alliance during the election period. Gachhadar claimed that the CPN-Maoist did not take initiatives to take part in the election despite honest efforts from the four major political parties and the government. On a separate note, the former Deputy Prime Minister claimed that there was no dispute in the party regarding the leaders’ candidacy and the party would announce the name of the candidates by Monday.
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Neelkantha Upreti has said that the Election Commission (EC) has almost completed the preparations for the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.
Speaking at a program in Lalitpur on Friday, Upreti said the EC is expediting the preparation works as per the election schedule. He also expressed confidence that the election fever will further catch up with the parties after the registration of the candidates under the first-past-the-post election system.
EC’s Spokesperson Bir Bahadur Rai said that Chief Election Commissioner Upreti has directed the officials to leave no stone unturned to carry out all works on behalf the commission to conduct the election in a free, fair and credible manner. Likewise, the EC is imparting training to the organizations of the national election observer on September 29 and 30.
A total of 50 national organizations have got permission for the election observation. Similarly, two international organizations including The Carter Center have got the permission for election observation.
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