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Law minister claims Govt. will decide poll date soon; Leaders divided over one percent threshold


BHAKTAPUR: As the government is facing criticism for not immediately announcing the date of the election of the constituent assembly, Minister for Law, Hari Prasad Neupane, has said the government would declare the date for the Constituent Assembly election within a few days.

Speaking at a program organized by Nepal Bar Association in Bhaktapur, he said the government was for declaring the date for election immediately. Nepal Bar Association, which boycotted the function attended by Chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi, who is also the Chief Justice, has welcomed Law Minister to their function.

The government has been working wholeheartedly to conclude necessary process for the CA election and urged all not to doubt whether the government would delay declaring date for election.

Meanwhile, speaking at an interaction in the Capital, leaders of Nepali Congress and UCPN-Maoist expressed opposing views regarding proposed one percent threshold for the constituent assembly elections.

Nepali Congress Central Working Committee member Dr Minendra Rijal has argued that the proposed one percent threshold votes would help strengthen the democracy, and it should be implemented in the Constituent Assembly elections. The dissolved constituent assembly could not function smoothly as various political parties obstructed the constitution drafting process demanding fulfillment of their petty interests.

He claimed that the ones who want to take advantage of the ethnic and communal representation are speaking against the provision. He further claimed that, problems have aroused due to some parties who instead of ensuring the elections and promulgating constitution are hellbent to secure their positions. He accused the UCPN-Maoist of playing a trick apropos to the threshold provision, and thus adding doubts over the polls.

Speaking at the same program UCPN-Maoist leader Devendra Paudel maintained that the provision should not be implemented. Paudel argued that the threshold should be removed to ensure the representation of all sector and community. Terming the proposed system as a mathematical trick, he stressed on the need for focusing on representation of all in the constitution-drafting process.

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