-  Wednesday 23 October 2019

Settle issues fast, EC urges parties

 -  Southasian Media

Oct 04 2007 - Chief Election Commissioner Bhoj Raj Pokhrel has appealed to the political parties and the government to resolve the political imbroglio by tomorrow if the Constituent Assembly polls are to be held on November 22.

“Whatever decision has to be taken, the political parties should take today. The way out should be sought immediately; otherwise the CA election will be uncertain on the scheduled date,” said Pokhrel at Reporters’ Club today.

He said the uncertainty would also adversely affect the election preparation process. “Once the momentum is broken, it will be very difficult,” added Pokhrel. Stating that the EC was an independent body, he said it would take decisions only according to its need and mandate.

He said the security environment in some parts of the country was not conducive to holding November polls, and urged the government to work on making adequate security arrangements in those pockets.

Asked if the EC could hold polls on schedule if the electoral system has to be changed as per the Maoists’ demand of Full Proportional Representation System, Pokhrel said it would need the amendments in Interim Constitution and related laws and regulations.

He said: “Calculate for yourself whether the polls are possible on November 22 if the electoral system has to be changed.” Pokhrel reiterated that the five-day postponement in the poll programme is the only adjustment the EC can make.

Source : Southasian Media
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