KATHMANDU: One day after the High Level Political Committee (HLPC), a cross party committee of four major political parties formed to assist the Chief Justice led government, failed to agree on some crucial issues of the proposed electoral legislation, President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav held discussion with CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal, who currently heads of HLPC and discussed the latest political development of the country.
At the meeting, the two dwelt on issues including the preparations for Constituent Assembly elections, electoral laws and ways to bring dissident parties on board the process of the new elections.
A press statement issued by Khanal’s personal aide Ram Babu Adhikari informed that during the talks, President Yadav urged Khanal to help forge political consensus and create environment for issuance of the election-related ordinance. In response, Khanal President Yadav that political discussions are ongoing to forge consensus and expressed his hope that the parties will be able to clear hurdles soon, the statement added.
The political parties have failed to reach into consensus on some crucial issues like one percent threshold for garnering a seat under proportional representation system, size of the new constituent assembly and qualification of candidates. Although it is said that the political parties have agreed on the issue of size of the constituent assembly, they are yet to agree on two other issues. Two major parties of the HLPC Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have been demanding that the provision of threshold should be implemented and people with criminal background should not be allowed to contest the election, while UCPN-Maoist and United Democratic Madhesi Front have been standing against these provisions.
Meanwhile US Ambassador to Nepal Peter J. Bode has called on CPN-UML chairperson Khanal at UML headquarter Balkhu and held discussion about the ongoing political situation and elections of the constituent assembly.
Expressing his confidence that all the political parties would take part in the elections, Ambassador Bode expressed readiness of his country to support the free and fair elections in Nepal. UML Chair also informed the Ambassador that as the political parties are holding discussion they would reach into consensus within short period of time paving the way for the election of the constituent assembly.
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