KATHMANDU: Chairman of the Interim Election Government, Khil Raj Regmi, has said that the election to the second Constituent Assembly (CA) declared for November 19 should not be extended in any pretext.
Inaugurating the Fifth Convention of the Community Radio Broadcasting Association here on Sunday, Chairman Regmi said that CA election was indispensible to institutionalize achievements gained from different movements, and added that resolving the current stalemate by promulgating the new constitution suitable to country was the need of the hour.
Stating that the government has been preparing to make the CA election free and fair, he stressed on the supports from political parties and people. Stating that major political parties have expedited talks with the dissenting parties to bring them into consensus Regmi expressed confidence that the election would take place at the stipulated time.
Regmi’s call came at a time when the deadline provided by Election Commission for finding consensus for November poll is approaching. The Election Commission has said that it would not be possible for conducting the elections if consensus was not forged till second week of August.
It seems almost impossible that the election would take place on November 19 as not only the dissenting parties the parties representing United Democratic Madhesi Front, one of the constituent of the four party alliance, has been expressing dissatisfaction over the recommendation of the Constituency Delineating Commission’s report.
Speaking in a program in the Capital on Sunday, chairman of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) Mahanth Thakur has slammed the Constituency Delineation Commission (CDC) report keeping the existing 240 electoral constituencies intact.
He blamed that it was against the constitutional provision to keep the existing constituencies intact even when there has been a big change in the population. He insisted that Madhes should get at least 121 seats out of total 240 constituencies as the country´s more than half population is living in the Tarai.
“We will not disrupt the November election and will only exert pressure to meet our genuine demands,” he further said, insisting that only election could give a solution to the current political stalemate.
He claimed that the decision of the CDC to reduce the representation of Madhesis by not increasing the election constituencies in proportion to the increase in population in the region is a ploy to further sideline the Madhesi people. He added that Election Commission should provide at least a month to include remaining voters to register in the electoral roll.
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