THT 10 years ago: It’s official. EC needs more time to hold polls

Kathmandu, April 13, 2007

Election Commission today finally told the government that constituent assembly polls cannot be held in June. “It is technically not possible to hold the elections on June 20.

We have told the government that the commission needs at least 110 days after settling the legalities involved,” Chief Election Commissioner Bhoj Raj Pokhrel told the mediapersons today at his office.

The commission wrote a letter to the prime minister last night urging the government to announce the date of the election keeping in mind that the commission needs 110 days after all legalities concerning voters, candidates, political parties, election officers, monitors and others are dealt with.

He added that the commission does not need to consult any other institution to say the elections are not possible technically.

According to him, offices of the election officers have to be set up by next week if the elections are to be held in June but as the voters’ lists and party registration will be completed only next month, the the above mentioned offices would not be set up even by mid-July.

“We have been working on war-footing as the Interim Constitution had committed to hold the election by mid-June.

General Admn ministry just a click away

Here’s a good news for all the clients of the Ministry of General Administration (MoGA). Now on, the MoGA is just a mouse click away. Just log on to moga site and register your application, send letters to the ministry concerned, send proposals and suggestions and complaints.

Officials at the ministry will entertain them on their computers. Now on, government employees can complete their pending work at home and send it through the new system.

The e-governance scheme will also help government employees draft and submit proposals and bureaucratic notings meant for discussions in the cabinet for approval. Using this system, the government employees can also draft letters and monitor the activities of civil servants.

Minister of State for General Administration, Ram Chandra Yadav, launched the system today. Yadav hoped the system will not only make office work swifter but will also help make the work of the ministry more credible. “With the launch of the system, commoners won’t have to face hassles while getting their work done,” an MoGA staffer said.

Commoners won’t have to visit the ministry time and again to check whether their applications have been processed. Just by logging on to the official website, people can assess the progress in their work.

Installation of a library system and and promotion system are in the pipeline. Minister Yadav is hopeful that the newly-launched system, apart from enhancing the credibility of the ministry, will also ensure quality service.