Koirala promises polls by mid-April next year

December 16th, 2007 - 7:22 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, Dec 16 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala today expressed his commitment to hold the Constituent Assembly election by mid-April next year.
He further said that the political parties are close to reaching agreement on the issue of proclaiming a republic and amending the electoral system.
Koirala’s remarks came a day after the Nepal government tabled a proposal in the interim Parliament to amend the interim Constitution, to hold the Constituent Assembly election by mid-April. The Bill was passed by voice vote.
According to the current Constitution, the election should have been held by December 15.
The proposal was tabled following an agreement among the top leaders of the ruling Seven-Party Alliance to hold the poll by April 12, the final day of the year on the Nepali calendar.
The leaders have also reached a tentative agreement on two of the most contentious issues that forced the postponement of the polls - declaration of the country as republic and the election system.
They agreed to include the word “republic” in the current Constitution but its implementation will take place after the Constituent Assembly convenes its first meeting. The parties, however, have not signed a final deal on the proposals.
On the voting system for the Constituent Assembly election, the parties agreed that in the 601-member Constituent Assembly (CA), 335 seats would be filled up in a fully proportional system.
The number of CA members to be nominated by the Prime Minister has been increased to 26 from 17.
Parties have also agreed to iron out the differences over the Maoist demand for cabinet reshuffle. (ANI)

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