EC wants three pc threshold in statute

KATHMANDU: The Election Commission submitted a 20-point suggestion to the Constituent Assembly on the draft constitution saying that there should be at least three per cent threshold in the proportional representation election system on sunday. The EC also suggested that the new constitution should  mention the date for elections for the President, Vice-president, House of Representatives and Pradesh Assemblies and if that was not possible, then the EC should have authority to announce the elections for these posts and bodies after consulting the government. EC also recommended that elections to local bodies should be held within six months after promulgation of the new constitution and the EC should have the power to announce the dates for local polls, said Acting Chief Election Commissioner Dolakh Bahadur Gurung. The EC suggested that candidates should not be allowed to file candidacies from two constituencies under the FPTP electoral system. Gurung also said that the EC opposed the draft constitution’s provision to put constitutional bodies under the supervision of Parliamentary panels. Gurung also said that the EC demanded power to collect voters lists as was the case in the past.

Man held with gun

RAUTAHAT: Police on Saturday arrested a person with a gun  after he showed the gun following a dispute with his brother-in-law Ram Babu Majhi at Paurai village in Chandrapur Municipality, Rautahat. The arrested has been identified as Ratna Majhi, 36, of the municipality. A police team deployed from Area Police Office, Chandrapur arrested Ratna after he threatened his relatives with the gun on Saturday night. DSP Netra Mani Giri of Area Police Office, Chandrapur, said Ratna was in custody and further investigation into the case was under way.