Poll deferral worries Carter Centre

Kathmandu, October 6:

The Carter Centre said today it is “profoundly disappointed” with the announcement of the second postponement of a constituent assembly election.

In a release issued from Atlanta, the centre hoped that Nepal’s political leadership will now use its time to reach reasonable compromises on key issues.” “The peace process and transition will be under severe stress if the delay is too long, and all sides should establish a timeline for holding the polls,” it said, adding this dialogue should include full implementation of previously-signed agreements, address the problems in the Tarai, and accommodate the concerns of historically marginalised groups.

The centre, however, said it is “heartened” by the continued commitment of the seven-party alliance to maintaining unity and resolving their disputes through talks.