Delay in CA poll likely: EC official

Jhapa, March 18:

Election commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav today apprehended that the constituent assembly (CA) polls might not be held on time due to ongoing agitations.

Speaking at an interaction in Chandragadhi of Jhapa, Yadav said it would be difficult to hold the election as laws on election have not been formulated, all the voters’ lists have not been updated and the date for the CA polls has not announced yet.

“As the election will be held by keeping two ballot boxes in each booth under a parallel as well as majority system, it is necessary to muster the manpower for 17,500 booths,” Yadav said.

Speaking on the occasion, members of civil society, representatives of political parties and journalists drew the attention of the EC to the need for maintaining law and order and creating an atmosphere for a free and fair CA poll.

They added that the provision of five constituencies in Jhapa where the population is 8,31,000 was not sufficient.

“It’s the government’s duty to maintain law and order. However, the people will have to help the government to maintain law and order,” Yadav said, adding that there would be domestic and international observers for the CA polls and that the support of all local government and non-government organisations would be sought for the polls.