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NEFIN wants not to put threshold for PR seat; Mahato continues hunger strike for second day


KATHMANDU: The National Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN ) has warned that it would not accept the idea of reducing the number of Constituent Assembly members and the provision of a ‘threshold ’ for seats under the Proportional Representation (PR) system.

During their meeting with the chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi, the delegation of NEFIN urged Regmi not to deviate from these two provisions.

The umbrella body of indigenous people has demanded the number of CA seats should be 601 as in the previous polls, guarantee of one representative from each ethnic group, and removal of the provision of threshold for PR seats from proposed the electoral law.

After receiving the memorandum of the indigenous representatives, Regmi assured that he has taken their demands seriously. Regmi said that he would take up their issues with the political parties address their demands.

NEFIN Chairman Nagendra Kumar Kumal and General Secretary Bhete among other office bearers were present in the delegation.

Regmi has been trapped between whether to enforce the threshold and reduce the seats of Constituent Assembly or not as the leaders of major four political parties have been sharply divided over the issue.

Meanwhile the fast-onto-death strike of chairperson of Sadbhwana Party Rajendra Mahato has entered on the second day on Wednesday. Mahato has started the hunger strike demanding fulfillment of 10-point demands including the announcement of election date.

Issuing a press statement the party has expressed strong objection over the government’s passivity towards fulfilling their demands and to announce the date for the election of the constituent assembly. The party also warned that they would announce more protest programs if the government continue to turn deaf-ear to their demands. The party also warned that the government would be responsible for all the consequences of their movement.

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