KATHMANDU: Chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi has said that the opportunity to draft a new constitution through a Constituent Assembly elected by the people should not be missed again.
During his meeting with the chairperson of the UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Regmi informed Dahal about the completion of the poll preparations from the government’s side and asked Dahal to bring all disgruntled forces, particularly the CPN-Maoist, on board the election process.
The meeting took place a day after the Mohan Baidya’s CPN-Maoist decided to prepare a strategy to deploy teams comprising of it cadres to the polling booths to foil the November 19 election.
In response, Chairman Dahal assured the executive head that he will do his best to hold talks with all the dissenting groups so as to ensure their participation in the CA election.
Similarly speaking at a program in Lalitpur on Wednesday, chairperson Regmi urged political parties to also play their part towards that end. He also appealed all to understand the sensitivity of political stability.
He also assured necessary cooperation on behalf of the government towards addressing the financial and structural issues in the interest of the indigenous nationalities. Similarly, speaking at the same program Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Bidhyadhar Mallik said that the Government is working round the clock to ensure elections in November 19 and also holding dialogue with the dissenting political parties.
Minister Mallik said that the demand of the indigenous nationalities to maintain the same number of members of the erstwhile CA should be addressed by the political parties and not the government.
Meanwhile, the electoral Constituency Delimitation Commission (CDC) has geared up consultations with stakeholder s to garner information and suggestion on how it could delineate constituencies that would be feasible for the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. In this connection, the CDC held discussions with the experts from different walks of life and civil society representatives on Wednesday.
Some of the speakers at today’s discussion said that population should be the basis to delineate the constituency while others argued that geography would be most apt basis for this, saying that it automatically encompasses population. Saying that the CDC could consider both practical and scientific aspects of delimitation, the experts suggested that only few constituencies be delineated again so that it would not affect the upcoming CA election .
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