-  Friday 15 January 2021

EC asks parties for registration

 -  Southasian Medai

Jan 08 2008, Kathmandu - The Election Commission on Monday invited newly formed political parties to rush for registration for the Constituent Assembly election due in April this year. Political parties, formed in the recent weeks and months, will have to register by January 14 to secure the Commission’s recognition as per Article 142 of the interim constitution. Article 142 requires any party intending to contest the CA polls to seek the Commission’s recognition by registering its name with the Election Commission.

“This opportunity has been given as a good gesture,” Chief Election Commissioner Bhojraj Pokhrel told this daily today. The government and the EC have, however, not discussed as yet any tentative date for the election. The third amendment to the interim constitution sets mid-April as deadline for the election, which has been cancelled twice so far.

Asked whether the election would be held in a single or multiple phases, Pokhrel said it depends upon the government. “The EC hopes that the environment would be conducive for polls,” he added.

EC spokesperson Laxman Prasad Bhattarai said those parties which are already registered for the purpose of Constituent Assembly election need not re-apply at the EC. As of now, 61 political parties have been registered at the EC.

Bhattarai said the new parties wishing to secure recognition from the EC need to register an application with a signature of at least 10,000 voting supporters.
“A total of 10,000 signatures, party statute, manifesto and the rules are mandatory for the registration,” Bhattarai said.

The Tarai-Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) is one among the parties willing to be registered at the EC. “We will register our party within the time frame,” party leader Hridayesh Tripathi said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) today met chiefs of two security agencies at the election commission’s office at Kantipath.
Sources said that CEC Bhojraj Pokhrel and Inspector General of Nepal Police Om Bikram Rana and Inspector General of the Armed Police Force (APF) Basudev Oli discussed the security situation. They also discussed the deployment of security personnel for the Constituent Assembly polls.

Source : Southasian Medai

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