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HLPC decides to discuss with Govt. for polls; Minister Shrestha claims parties delaying polls process


KATHMANDU: The High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM), the cross-party mechanism of the key four major political forces—UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front, has decided to hold talks with the government and the Chairperson of the Interim Election Government regarding the progress on the draft of electoral laws and its promulgation.

A meeting of the HLPM held at its office in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu on Friday decided to take stock of the progress made in the finalization of electoral laws to ensure timely election.

The cross party panel is scheduled to hold talks with the government on Sunday and has also decided to meet later in the evening to hold discussions on addressing the issue.

Chairman of the Interim Council of Minister Khil Rah Regmi, last week, held discussion with several parties and their leaders over the issue.

Emerging from the meeting Nepali Congress leader Dr. Minendra Rijal has informed that the meeting decided to discuss with the government regarding the progress in the talks with fringe political parties and make common agreement for announcing the date for the election of the constituent assembly. He further informed that this move is must to ensure people that the election of the constituent assembly would take place on time.

Although the political parties discussed the provisions of the electoral legislation like one percent threshold for the PR sear, qualification of the candidate and number of seats in the constituent assembly but they could not take any decision as the political parties remained adamant to their stances. Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have been remaining firm that one percent threshold must of enforced and the number of CA seat should be limited to 491 while UCPN-Maoist and United Democratic Madhesi Front among other fringe parties have been standing against these provisions.

The panel has also appealed Sadhbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato to withdraw his hunger strike. Mahato is on a hunger strike for the past four days putting forth a 10-point demand which also includes the immediate declaration of Constituent Assembly poll date.

Promulgation of the electoral law has been delayed due to the contention between the parties on several issues including the number of Constituent Assembly members, provision of threshold under the Proportional Representation system and eligibility of the candidates.

Meanwhile addressing a program in the Capital on Friday, Minister for Youth and Sports Ram Kumar Shrestha claimed that declaration of the CA election date has been delayed due to the disagreement among parties.

He also claimed that the main cause of delay is lack of agreement among parties. They could not forge consensus on threshold and candidacy in election. Shrestha said the government will wait for some time and if consensus not forged, it will declare election through its own process.

“The government formed for election will not engage in political strategies and it does not care whether the declaration benefits one or the party. We are discussing with parties, as declaration without necessary infrastructure will be immature,” he added.

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