Nepal's Election Commission prepares for election in April/May next year
KATHMANDU, Dec 13, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The Election Commission of Nepal
is preparing to hold the second Constituent Assembly election in
April/May this year, officials said Friday.
"We have full support of the government. We are now building
infrastructure for election," said Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhi
He said the first condition for holding the election is to
amend the constitution and election laws, adding that many
commissioners are retiring in one month. "The government must be
aware of the fact."
Nepal has been in a political deadlock since May when a special
Constituent Assembly missed a deadline to prepare a new
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Dec. 13 called on parties for
the fourth time to form an all-party government that would hold
the upcoming election.
The parties failed to respond to the president's calls on Nov.
23, Nov. 29 and Dec. 7 due mainly to their differences over naming
a candidate to replace caretaker Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai.
"Parties now need to sign a political agreement similar to that
of the Comprehensive Peace Accord that they signed in 2005,"
constitutional expert Raju Chapagain told Xinhua. "Otherwise, a
consensus will remain elusive."
Meanwhile, Bhattarai said if election is guaranteed to be held
in April/May, he is ready to "sacrifice the post", according to
the PM's Personal Secretary Bishwodip Pandey on Thursday.
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