KATHMANDU, JUL 27 – After it lost all hopes of holding fresh Constituent Assembly elections in November, the government is all set to fix a new date for the polls by forging consensus among the key stakeholders–the President, Election Commission, political parties and the Ministry of Law.
The government has concluded that the amending the Interim Constitution for the polls is not possible due to time constraints and lack of consensus among political parties.
“The government is trying to set a new date for the elections after consultations with the President, the Election Commission, political parties and the Ministry of Law,” said Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s Political Advisor Devendra Poudel.
Poudel, however, said the government’s preparations to amend the electoral laws through an ordinance will continue despite its decision to defer the elections. “The amendment to the Interim Constitution is not possible without consensus.
“Thus we want to fix a new date and forge consensus on issues,” said Poudel.
Sources close to the EC also said that it will formally inform the government of its inability to hold the elections by Monday.
“Holding elections by November 22 seems impossible and we will formally inform our inability to the government by next Monday,” said EC Spokesman Sharada Prasad Trital.
The grace time given to the government to amend the electoral laws and the Interim Constitution is expiring on Sunday. The grace time was given after the government failed to amend the electoral laws within the earlier deadline of July 22.
The government is at a loss on amending the Interim Constitution in the absence of the Parliament and consensus among political parties.
Two ruling coalition partners, the UCPN (Maoist) and the Madhesi Morcha, have proposed postponing the elections, citing complications in amending electoral acts. However, the opposition Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML have categorically rejected their proposal, arguing that a mere deferral of the elections will not end the current political impasse.
They have been stressing on formation of a national consensus government and fixing a date for new parliamentary elections.Bhadra Sharma,ekantipur