Nepalgunj, February 2:

Election Commissioner Nil Kantha Upreti today said it would be nigh impossible to hold the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections in Jestha if the leaders of all political parties don’t reach a consensus on the election system and process by the end of Magh.

Speaking at an interaction programme attended by district-based political leaders, media personnel, civil society members and employees of the District Election Office here, Upreti said the formulation of acts regarding the elections was being delayed as the political parties have not yet agreed on the election system and processes.

Stating that the recent series of incidents in the country has created a dilemma on the issue of which system or process to adopt in holding the CA polls, Upreti said the Election Commission (EC) has, however, been making preparations to hold the same within the stipulated deadline.

Upreti added that the EC was capable of formulating the acts within two days of the parties agreeing on an election system and the process. Saying that no Nepali citizen would be deprived of the right to vote, Upreti said: “Each and every Nepali should be able to participate in the CA poll. The EC will see to it that none is deprived of this right.”

He added that activists of different political parties were creating problems in the collection of voters’ name at some places.

Stating that the United Nations and other international agencies will monitor the CA polls, Upreti said: “Every sector should contribute so that the CA polls can be conducted

in a free, fair and peaceful manner.”

EC officials, party reps discuss CA poll court

Kathmandu: The Election Commission on Friday held discussions with political parties on setting up a Constituent Assembly Court (CAC) to deal with all legal issues related with the assembly elections.

Dinanath Sharma of the CPN-Maoist said parties should play a more vital role in setting up the court and demanded more rounds of discussions before coming to any conclusion.

Laxman Ghimire of the Nepali Congress said the court must have Supreme Court justices as it is going to be as strong as the apex court itself. Binaya Dhwaj Chanda of the NC said the court will curtail the people’s right to knock the appellate courts’ doors as the interim statute has it that no one can challenge the verdict of the CAC.

Hukum Singh Basnet of Janamorcha Nepal said the provision of a CAC in the interim constitution cannot be accepted because the base — the constitution — itself is full of flaws.

“A legal provision based on the interim constitution cannot be flawless — it is going to be full of problems,” he said. According to the interim constitution, the court will be set up by the government to look into all complaints on qualification of candidates and other problems related to the constituent assembly elections.

Chief Election commissioner Bhoj Raj Pokhrel said the CAC will need full support of the political parties. — HNS