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EC makes election schedule public

 -  Southasian Media

Jan 14 2008, Kathmandu -  The Election Commission today made public its time table for constituent assembly election. The election is scheduled to be held on April 10.

According to the time table, the schedule for Proportional Representation (PR) system will be complete by March 25 with the distribution of election symbols. Symbols will be distributed for the first-past the post system on March 3.

For the PR system, the parties will present their closed lists to the EC office by February 20 and the EC will let the parties make corrections from February 21 to 27. The parties will present the corrected lists by March 5.

The closed lists of candidates will be made public on March 6. Thereafter, the EC will study the candidates' qualification, following claims and protests. If some candidates have to be excluded, the EC will have to publish a notice by March 21. The parties can withdraw the names of their candidates between March 22 and 23. The EC will inform the parties about the changes by March 24 and the final list will be published on March 25.

The EC has also published its schedule for first-past-the-post system. According to the EC schedule, the candidates will file their nominations by February 25 and the list will be published on February 26. People can protest the nominations on February 27. The EC will give its decision on the matter on February 28 and then it will publish the final list.

The final list of candidates will be published on March 1. Election symbols will be given to candidates on March 2.
"I hope the parties will cooperate," said Chief Election Commissioner Bhoj Raj Pokhrel.

"Casting of votes will begin at 7.00 am and will continue till 5.00 pm on April 10," he said. Talking to mediapersons, he said the election was possible in the Tarai.

TMDP in poll fray
KATHMANDU: The newly-formed Tarai-Madhes Democratic Party headed by Mahanta Thakur has applied for registration at the Election Commission (EC). Registration with the EC is a must to contest the Constituent Assembly polls slated for April 10. A delegation of the TMDP headed by Mahendra Yadav went to the EC for registration. Earlier, the party leadership had a stand that it will not participate in the polls until the government assured the rights of the Madhesis and adopted full proportional representation for the polls.

Source : Southasian Media
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