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Govt. announces new poll date for November 19; forms Constituency delineation Commission


KATHMANDU: Ending month long uncertainty about new election of the constituent assembly, the interim government has announced the much-awaited Constituent Assembly (CA) polls for November 19.

A meeting of the Interim Council of Ministers held at Singha Durbar decided to hold the election son November 19, and endorsed the ordinances for the elections. Before announcing the date for the elections of the constituent assembly, chairperson of Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi held discussion with the chief Election Commissioner.

According to Minister for Information and Communications Madhav Prasad Paudel, the ordinances will be forwarded to the Office of the President for final approval.

The government has decided to forward the election ordinance after removing the provision of threshold. The political parties have sharply divided over the provision of threshold and handed over the responsibility of enacting the electoral legislation to the government. Political parties who remained adamant to the threshold provision are yet to react on the government’s decision to endorse the electoral legislation.

Meanwhile, the government formed a five-member Election Constituency Delineation Commission headed by former Supreme Court justice Tahir Ali Ansari. Geologist Netra Dhital, sociologist Dambar Chemjong, public administration expert Madhu Nidhi Tiwari and secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister Raju Man Singh Malla are members of the commission, which is given 30-day deadline to come up with a recommendation.

The cabinet took key election-related decisions after hours of debate. The government had started homework after the high-level political committee of the four parties asked it to finalize the election ordinance after failing to resolve the differences.

The government also urged all the dissenting parties— including Mohan Baidhya’s CPN-Maoist, Upendra Yadav’s Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal, and Ashok Rai’s Sanghiya Samajwadi Party—to come to the table for talks without any condition. The government has announced the Constituent Assembly elections on November 19. A marathon cabinet meeting Thursday evening fixed the election date.

The government has been facing criticism for not announcing the date for the election of the constituent assembly. The government failed to announce the date for elections of the constituent assembly as the four political parties failed to reach into consensus on some issues related with electoral legislation, while 33 political parties have been opposing against the Chief Justice led election government.

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