KATHMANDU: With the approaching date for the election of the Constituent Assembly, the major political parties are busy to select candidates for the poll. Some of the parties have been undergoing internal dispute as there are many aspirants for the seats to contest the poll.
In this connection, the recently formed parliamentary board of the Nepali Congress has settled all the complaints received from all the 75 districts against the probable candidates for the upcoming Constituent Assembly polls slated for November 19.
The board is starting to select candidates from all constituencies from today. “We studied the complaints thoroughly and assessed them. They have been settled now, so, now we will focus for selecting candidates for both the first-past-the-post and proportional system,” informed senior leader of the party Arjun Nurshing KC. The party, which underwent internal dispute for forming the parliamentary board, has informed that as all the electoral disputes have been settled it will now focus for the electoral campaign.
The party will have to select 575 names — 240 for FPTP and 335 for PR — from among 5,000 names recommended from across the country. The party has already set principles for selecting the candidates — assessing the recommendations forwarded by area committees of the districts, reviewing status of concerned district committee’s decision, embracing the principle of inclusiveness, and studying candidates’ contribution to the party and their ability.
Various public opinions have shown that Nepali Congress would emerge as the major party in the upcoming elections of the constituent assembly.
Meanwhile, the CPN-Maoist sent a letter to UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, seeking donation from him to what the party said support its anti-Constituent Assembly poll campaign. Dahal’s son Prakash said his father had received a letter, signed by CPN-Maoist Newa State Committee coordinator Bhishma and other office bearer Sagar, asking for physical, moral and financial help from the UCPN-M chairman.
The party has been seeking support from leaders from different political parties for boycotting the elections of the constituent assembly. The party has been warning to take even physical action against people involved in the electoral process.
The talks to convince CPN-Maoist have officially broken down but the UCPN-Maoist has been saying that it is still making efforts to bring the party on board the election process. Nonetheless, going by CPN-M statements of late, it seems the party has decided not to take part in the polls and its leaders have been making remarks publicly that they will do all the needful to disrupt the polls.
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