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Ex-US president Carter arrives on poll mission

  Visit meant to encourage political forces to get ready for early CA elections

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: Former US President Jimmy Carter arrived here today on a five-day visit meant to take stock of the electoral process and look into Carter Center’s possibility of working as an observer during upcoming Constituent Assembly elections.

Carter called on President Ram Baran Yadav at the latter’s office in Shital Niwas and discussed latest political developments and possibility of conducting CA polls within June, said a source. President Yadav apprised him of the new political understanding, including the formation of an Interim Election Council under the chairmanship of Khil Raj Regmi, the sitting chief justice, and appointments in the Election Commission as part of preparations for early CA polls.

The former US president will call on Regmi tomorrow. During his stay, Carter will meet senior leaders of major political forces and encourage them to go for early elections. “President Carter is in Nepal to meet senior government officials, political leaders, and civil society representatives in support of Carter Center’s long-term peace monitoring and reporting work, and to encourage progress towards holding delayed national elections,” the Center said in a statement today.

Officials and aides of the Office of President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs kept mum regarding agendas of the visit, including his meeting with President Yadav. A press meet is scheduled for Monday at Dwarika’s Hotel, where Carter will offer his “perspectives on Nepal’s current political situation and the progress towards elections,” the Center said. Interestingly, the internationally renouned center has been operating in Nepal without registering.

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