Lawmakers stress cost-friendly election systems

KATHMANDU: Deliberations on the amendment bill related to the provincial assembly elections continued in the meeting of the State Affairs Committee under the Legislature-Parliament on Sunday.

Most of the speakers have suggested in lessening the cost and making the election systems cost-friendly.

The lawmakers further stressed on managing electrical voting machine as existing election systems was time consuming and impractical.

Similarly, Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma has assured to cooperate with the Election Commission, urging the EC to amend the bill in accordance with amendment suggestions given by the lawmakers.

Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav opined that the responsibility of fixing the election date should be assigned to EC or it should be clearly mentioned in the law.

Lawmakers Shakti Basnet, Rekha Sharma, Ram Hari Khatiwada, Dhaniram Poudel stressed on making the electoral system simple and cost-friendly.

A total of 259 amendments have been registered on the bill under consideration in the Legislature-Parliament.