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Polls date only after holding talks with disgruntled parties

KATHMANDU: Leaders of the major political parties have agreed to announce the date for the elections of the constituent assembly only after holding talks with the parties, which are opposing the poll and warned to disrupt the electoral process.

The leaders and government authorities have agreed to announce the date only after talks with parties opposed to the polls yield results and technical preparations are complete. According to them it will take at least two weeks to officially announce the polls .

The High-level Political Mechanism, according to leaders, is planning to advise the government to fix the date between November 15-22 (the last week of Kartik or the first week of Mangsir).

Though the UCPN-Maoist has demanded that the date be declared soon, top leaders of the major parties reached an understanding to not declare it without first holding talks with dissenting groups.

According to leaders, the date will be announced after talks with the CPN-Maoist, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum led by Upendra Yadav and other fringe parties reach a conclusion.

The first round of talks with some fringe parties did not yield positive results. According to leaders, though the CPN-Maoist is reluctant to participate in the polls, the date will be declared only after “serious talks” to give an impression that all the required processes are undergone before the official announcement.

The EC, on the other hand, said that it is all prepared to hold the polls. “We can speed up preparations if the election date is announced soon,” said EC Spokesperson Madhu Regmi. An alliance of 33 political parties including the CPN-Maoist opposed the idea of holding the elections of the constituent assembly by the Chief Justice led government and disrupted the electoral process in different parts of the country.

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