KATHMANDU: Although the political parties have been pressuring the Interim Election Government to announce the elections of the constituent assembly, they failed to agree on some of the key issues of the electoral legislature.
As they failed to forge consensus on some key issues they once again formed a task force to recommend suggestions on electoral ordinance, the bone of contention among the sharply divided political parties.
The High Level Political Mechanism, the cross-party panel formed to assist the government in its task of holding the elections of the constituent assembly on time, on Thursday formed the eight-member task force comprising two members from the major four political forces.
UCPN (Maoist) leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Khim Lal Devkota, Nepali Congress (NC)’s Ram Sharan Mahat and Minendra Rijal, CPN-UML’s Raguji Panta and Agni Kharel and Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha’s Hirdayesh Tripathi and Jitendra Dev are the members of the task force.
The proposal of proportional representation (PR) threshold, downsizing of CA and the question of eligibility of candidates in elections who have been convicted of serious crimes have remained the thorny issues in the electoral ordinance. The HLPC will next meet on June 3.
The government will announce the date for Constituent Assembly (CA) elections only after finalizing the draft of the electoral ordinance.
The UCPN-Maoist and Madhesi parties have been stressing on the need to remove the provision of threshold and keep the number of CA seats intact, while the NC and CPN-UML have been pushing for reducing the size of CA to 491 members and maintain the threshold provision.
There is a trend of forming such committees but these committees fail to find consensus and even if they finalize it the leaders could not abide by their recommendations.
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