EC unfettered by CA revival talk,Says its preparations for November 22 election are ongoing

KATHMANDU, JUL 01 – Even as Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has said that revival of the dissolved Constituent Assembly could be a way to break the current political deadlock, the Election Commission (EC) maintains that it is committed to holding fresh CA polls on the government-declared date.

The EC is said to have been carrying on with its preparations and would speed them up after the government clears the existing legal hurdles. “As of today, we are committed to holding the elections on the date set by the government. Our daily activities are focused on preparations for the same,” said EC Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav.

On Saturday, PM Bhattarai stated that the CA could be revived if the political parties so agreed and the Supreme Court supported the move for the promulgation of the new constitution. Majority leaders of all the parties have been demanding CA revival.

The government has to amend some half a dozen electoral laws and the Interim Constitution before holding new CA elections. The EC has given the government until July 22 to amend contradicting clauses of several laws.

“The EC will make public its position in case the government fails to amend the laws. But we are firm on holding the election,” added Yadav.ekantipur

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