KATHMANDU: As the government and the Election Commission have been expediting the preparations for the elections of the constituent assembly after the four major political parties decided to go ahead for the election without poll opposing 33-political parties, CPN-UML chief Jhalanath Khanal has called on Chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi and discussed the upcoming elections.
During the meeting with Khanal, who currently heads the High Level Political Committee, the cross-party taskforce of major political parties, Regmi reiterated that the government is committed to hold the Constituent Assembly polls in the stipulated date. He further said preparations are being made in full swing to conduct the elections successfully.
The two discussed the ways to bring the disgruntled parties on board the election process, and concluded to seek all political parties’ active support in forging the election environment. The meeting also concluded that the November 19 election is the only option left to ensure the people’s participation in the promulgation of new constitution.
Both the leaders were firm on the stance that election is the only solution to provide an outlet to political issues the country is going through now. The duo also discussed the ways to fulfill the vacant constitutional posts at National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and appointing General Secretary at the SAARC secretariat. The chairman and members of NHRC have recently retired, while it is the term of Nepal to appoint SAARC General Secretary on a rotation basis.
Regmi assured UML Chairman Khanal that he would hold discussion regarding the appointments and take appropriate decision accordingly. The election code of conduct, which came into effect on July 22, restricts transfer of staff and fresh appointment without the Election Commission’s approval.
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