KATHMANDU: One day after the High Level Political Committee (HLPC), the cross-part task force of the major political parties formed to support the Chief Justice led election government, has decided to go ahead for the poll despite opposition from the 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist, CPN-Maoist Vice Chairman CP Gajurel has warned of derailing the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) elections and threatened not to spare anyone who files candidacy for the polls.
Speaking at a program in Kavre, Gajurel directed the party cadres to ban the election candidates from entering the villages. Gajurel further claimed the November 19 CA polls will make way for Sikkimisation of Nepal.
“We request the family members not to encourage for filing candidacy for the so-called CA elections. If anyone files candidacy by disregarding our request, there is no guarantee that the candidate will return home,” he added.
The CPN-Maoist leader, however, said that the CA polls might be held in Chaitra (March/April, 2014) if their 18-point demands including the roundtable conference were met. The Maoist led alliance has been trying to convince against mobilization of Nepali Army for the election security as they consider Army mobilization could thwart their bid to foil the election.
Gajurel also claimed that state army should not be deployed during the elections. “If army is deployed, there won’t be election but conflict as the duty of army is to protect the boarders but not to open fire at the people.”
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Nil Kantha Uprety has urged the major political parties to shortly conclude all efforts of reaching an understanding with the disgruntled smaller parties vis-à-vis the November polls.
Talking to journalists about the ongoing preparations for the CA election, CEC Uprety said that the natural path of registering political parties with the Commission has already expired. He further added that only a new constitutional decree or provision can allow the unregistered parties to get enrolled for election.
The process of designing the format of ballot paper has started today, Uprety said, adding that it may be too late, if the parties do not reach a conclusion as early as possible. The leaders of HLPC have been trying to woo the poll opposing 33-party alliance to take part in the elections. However if the agreement is not made immediately it could be difficult to complete preparations for the election.
Commenting on the CPN-Maoist’s stance of boycotting the polls, Uprety said such a move will not pose a challenge to election. “The national law does not permit us to forcefully convince them to take part in the election, nor it permits anyone to obstruct the election process,” he further added.
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