Election cancelled in more polling centres

Katawal discusses post-poll scenario with PM

Kathmandu, April 14:

The total number of polling stations, where the constituent assembly election has been cancelled, has mounted to 106, the Election Commission said today. Yesterday the EC had said that election would be held again in 98 polling centres.

The Election Commission has ordered re-polling at seven booths — four in Balgung-2, two in Sarlahi-6 and one in Siraha-3 — on April 17.

With this, the election has been rescheduled at several booths of 21 constituencies in 12 districts. By yesterday, the Commission had ordered re-polling in 98 polling centres.

The Commission also informed that the counting of votes under the proportional representation system in 110 constituencies is underway and that counting of votes of 18 constituencies was completed by this evening, according to EC spokesman Laxman Bhattarai.

Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff of the Nepal Army, Rookmangud Katawal, today called on PM Girija Prasad Koirala at the latter’s official residence. A Baluwatar source said that the duo discussed the “post-election scenario” and its fallout in the future. The 30-minute meeting is deemed meaningful in the event of the Maoists inching towards an absolute majority of seats contested under the first-past-the-post system.

Another report said the European Union Mission, which is here to observe the constituent assembly election process, paid courtesy calls on PM Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist chairman Prachanda today.

The delegation led by Jan Mudler also discussed the post-election political situation, according to the EU Mission, which would stay here till mid-May. Mudler had called on UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal yesterday.