Poll preparations in full swing

Kathmandu, November 25:

The Election Commission (EC) is working in full swing to hold elections to the Constituent Assembly in six months. For the first time in Nepal, the elections will be held on the basis of proportional representation.

“We have come up with a framework of laws and regulations needed to do our job. The framework will be given full shape once we get political guidelines,” said Laxman Bhattarai, the EC spokesperson. Apart from updating the voters’ list, the EC is also holding a series of consultations with stakeholders these days.

Meetings have been held with representatives of all eight parties and other diplomats. With the objective of helping conduct CA elections in a free and fair manner, foreign delegates have been holding consultations with election commissioners at the EC office.

“We have meetings almost every day. People from all walks of life are showing interest in the CA elections. Their enthusiasm has made us happy. Foreign delegates too want to see elections taking place in time,” he added.

The EC has formed seven committees to garner support from stakeholders.

Bhattarai urged political parties to come up with concrete laws governing elections. He said Nepal may not need to hire foreign consultants for holding CA elections.