KATHMANDU: Despite opposition of the 33-political parties, which is a major constituent of the dissolved Constituent Assembly, the government held a discussion with the leaders of the political parties including the four major forces on election-related issues on Friday.
The multiparty meeting held on Friday briefly discussed mainly three issues—size of the Constituent Assembly, CA threshold system and provision of barring serious crime-convicted from vying in the polls, leaders informed.
The government informed the political parties that it is in the final stage of introducing election-related laws and declaring the election date.
Moreover, leaders representing other fringe parties urged the leaders in the meeting to break the four-party syndicate. Talking with the media after the meeting, Pashupati Shumsher Rana informed that the meeting dwelt on the issues related to the CA size, purported threshold system of the Election Commission and constituting a provision of barring the individuals accused of heinous crimes to vie in the polls.
According to communication minister and government spokesperson Madhav Poudel, the government is preparing introduce the laws and form a panel to determine the election constituencies within a week before announcing the date. They also urged the government to announce the election date without further delay.
While the leaders of the major parties mentioned that the agitating 33 parties should also be brought on board there was no clear understanding on how to respond to their demands which include scrapping of the 11-point agreement between the four parties and the 25-point order issued by the President to amend the constitution.
Likewise, the parties also reiterated their respective positions on the Election Commission’s proposal to fix 2 percent threshold for representation in the CA. Leaders of the UCPN-Maoist, Madhesi Front and smaller parties opposed the idea while the NC, UML and Rastriya Prajatantra Party leaders backed it.
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