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IEC Chair discusses poll preparation with UCPN-Maoist chair Dahal; Calls all to participate in polls

KATHMANDU: One day after the Interim Election Government Khilraj Regmi held discussion with the chairperson of the CPN-UML Jhalnath Khanal, who is also the coordinator of the High Level Political Committee, about the preparations of the elections of the Constituent Assembly and possibility to fill the constitutional posts through consensus, Regmi held consultation with Chairperson of UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

During the meeting held at the Official residence of the Prime Minister at Baluwatar, the duo discussed a range of issues including the upcoming Constituent Assembly election, negotiations to bring the dissenting parties to the election process without hampering scheduled of the Election Commission and fulfilling the vacant posts at constitutional bodies.

The meet dwelled on possible means to appease the dissenting parties for the second CA poll, according to the Dahal’s personal secretariat. The two discussed the appointments in the diplomatic missions and the constitution bodies including the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

On the occasion, Dahal suggested Chairman Regmi to proceed with the appointments being based on agreement among all parties. The Election Commission (EC)’s election code of conduct, currently in effect, bars transfer of staff and fresh appointment without the EC’s consent.

On the occasion, Chairman Regmi said the government is engaged in preparations for holding a free and fair election in the slated date.

Chairman Regmi on Saturday had visited Coordinator of the High-Level Political Committee (HLPC) and CPN-UML Chairman, Jhalanath Khanal and discussed the participation of the dissenting parties in election through talks without hampering the election schedule for guaranteeing election and fulfilling the vacant posts in the constitutional bodies.

Meanwhile, chairman of the Interim Election Government Regmi has called on the public to participate in upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. He also said that only the active public participation in elections would ensure a constitution, political stability and development in the country. Regmi added that conducting the CA elections announced for November 19 in a free, fair and impartial atmosphere is the major objective of his government.

On the occasion, Chairman Regmi underscored the need to promote social service to alleviate poverty, create a civilized, disciplined and prosperous society. He also honored the Nepal Association for the Welfare of the Blinds, Tripureshwor with Tulsimehar Samaj Sewa Award-2070 BS. The award carries a purse of Rs 100,000.

Similarly, the Samaj Sewa Award carrying a purse of Rs. 21,000 was presented to Bishnu Kumari Limbu, Ram Bahadur Amatya, Basantaraj Kunwar, Birendra Raj Sharma Pokhrel, Ms Mankumari Giri, Mahabir Pun and Lekhraj Subedi.

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