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HLPC fails to settle differences related with CA; Regmi calls to pressure parties for poll


KATHMANDU: Although the leaders of the major political parties have said that today’s meeting of the High Level Political Committee, a mechanism of the four political forces UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM), will finalize the electoral ordinance paving the way for holding the elections of the constituent assembly but the meeting ended without making any headway in the contentious issues concerning electoral laws.

However, the leaders said the parties have reached a tentative understanding to stick to their previous decision to limit the number of the Constituent Assembly seats to 491.

According to Nepali Congress vice president Ram Chandra Poudel, the four parties are “very close to an agreement on 491-member CA, but still differ on the threshold and on whether to allow people facing criminal charges from contesting the elections”. This is the rhetoric the four major political parties have been repeating since the formation of constituent assembly and continued to make such statement even after the demise of the constituent assembly.

On Sunday, the eight-member cross-party taskforce formed by HLPC failed to accomplish the mandated task of resolving the contentious issues concerning the electoral laws.

Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are of the similar views that the provision of one percent threshold should be maintained to minimize the number of fringe parties in the new CA.

The UCPN-Maoist and the SLMM, however, insisted on the removal of such provision to ensure the representation of fringe parties in the new CA. As per the provision only those parties securing one percent threshold, will be eligible to win seats in the CA. The parties also differ on the qualification of the candidate.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of the interim election council Khil Raj Regmi has said that the political parties need to be pressurized to ensure timely elections. Speaking to a delegation of the Maoist youth wing, the Young Communist League (YCL), led by its in-charge Ganeshman Pun, at his office in Singha Durbar Monday, Regmi said all the sections of the society should exert pressure on the parties to resolve their differences on election issues at the earliest and create election momentum.

Regmi also claimed that he was “too eager” to see elections happen. Meanwhile, the YCL in its memorandum urged the government to immediately announce the election date in order to create an election climate. The Maoist youth wing also demanded that the elections are held under the laws applied to the previous CA polls.

The YCL submitted the memorandum to the IEC chairperson few days after the UCPN-Maoist’s decision to make it active all over again in view of the elections.

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