KATHMANDU: Maoist chief Prachanda, Nepali Congress general secretary Prakash Man Singh and other senior leaders today filed nomination papers for the November 19 Constituent Assembly polls to be held in 240 constituencies. The Election Commission (EC) said it has completed registering the nominations under the direct election or First-Past-the-Post electoral system for the polls. The process of registering candidacy for all 240 electoral constituencies began at 10 am and concluded at 5 pm, it said.
Filing of papers concluded peacefully in most places including capital city of Kathmandu, where 10 election constituencies are allotted. Nepali Congress general secretary Prakash Man Singh has filed nomination paper from Kathmandu 1 constituency whereas UCPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda registered his name from Kathmandu 10 constituency, it said. Senior leader of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal filed nomination paper from Rautahat-1 constituency and the party’s chairman Jhalanath Khanal from Ilam 1 constituency. Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba fielded candidacy from Dadeldhura district in far-West Nepal. Meanwhile, 12 people were injured when UCPN-Maoist cadres clashed with the cadres of the breakaway faction of the party CPN-Maoist in Salyan district in western Nepal. CPN-Maoist has boycotted the poll asking for deferring the election date. The party has said it would launch a anti-poll campaign to disrupt the elections. Clashes took place when UCPN (Maoist) cadres were on their way to file nomination papers while CPN-Maoist supporters were burning effigies of the four major political parties as part of their protest programme. Nepal had plunged into a political and constitutional crisis after the Constituent Assembly was dissolved without promulgating the Constitution last year and fresh elections to be held in November, 2012, did not take place, pushing the country into a political deadlock. With the formation of the election government led by Khil Raj Regmi in March, the political parties after much deliberations tentatively agreed to conduct the elections in June or by December this year.
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