Govt, EC and Federal Alliance discuss easing legal complexity

KATHMANDU: The government representatives, office-bearers of the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) and leaders of Federal Alliance (FA) parties on Monday held discussion on easing legal and other technical complexities in order to let the parties that are yet to be registered at the ECN to take part in the local level elections.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had called a meeting at his official residence in Baluwatar to discuss several issues related to polls elections after the government decided to hold the local level elections in two phases -- on May 14 in Province No. 3,4 and 6 and on June 14 in Province No. 1, 2, 5 and 7.

Federal Alliance includes Rastriya Janata Dal, which was recently formed after the merger of six Madhesi parties, and is yet to be registered at the ECN independently.

After the meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav said that the ECN has agreed to extend the deadline for nomination nomination till May 1 from April 29.

He, however said that there was no scope of granting some parties the election symbols that they want due to the constitutional and legal limitations.

According to him, there will be difficultly to print ballot papers for the second phase of elections.

Holding elections in two phases will not breach the election code of conduct if the constitutional provision to bring the fiscal budget on May 29 was amended.

Similarly, FA leader Rajendra Shrestha said that the Alliance was going to reach an agreement in paper soon based on the recently forged consensus with the government.

Furthermore, he shared that the FA had called off all agitation as the government pledged to build conducive environment for the local level elections, registration of political parties and provision of electoral symbols by amending the election-related laws through ordinance.