CPN-M misses EC consultation
KATHMANDU, JUN 20 – A day after endorsing its work plan for the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections, the Election Commission (EC) has started consultations with the parties for and against the vote in a bid to create an election-friendly environment. Leaders from the four parties represented in the high-level political mechanism and the election-opposed parties were summoned to the Kantipath-based EC headquarters on Wednesday for consultation on the differences among them.
The parties on the High-level Political Committee (HLPC)—UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha—and the poll-opposed forces such as the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) Nepal and the Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN) were urged to bridge the gap to ensure the participation of all the parties in the November elections. Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety briefed that all the hurdles related to election were cleared and the EC was fully committed to holding free, fair and credible elections by the November 19 date announced by the government.
“The EC is moving ahead in full speed and the support from the parties is the only thing required to make the polls a success,” Uprety reportedly told the parties, meaning that all the legal and logistical problems were resolved. Leaders of the four major parties vowed to lend their support to bringing the agitating parties on board. “We are ready to demonstrate maximum flexibility except replacing the incumbent government,” NC Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel told the meeting. UCPN (M) General Secretary Post Bahadur Bogati expressed his party’s readiness to increase the seats under the proportional representation system to ensure the participation of the agitating parties.
FSPN leader Rizwan Ansari said his party was for holding the CA polls by November 19. “We are for making the election a success. Our party applied to the EC for registration for the same purpose.” Ansari, however, added that an all-party assembly should be called to bring the other parties on board the election process. The Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist, which was also summoned for the consultation, was suspicious in skipping the meeting. EC sources say CEC Uprety himself had requested Dev Gurung to attend the meet and present his party’s view.
“You should not feel embarrassed to attend a meeting called by a constitutionally recognised body such as the EC. Otherwise, your party will miss the chance to participate in the democratic process,” Uprety had reportedly told Gurung. Senior officials said they would continue their efforts to consult the CPN-Maoist. With more than three dozen smaller parties, the CPN-Maoist, the MJF-N and the FSPN have been opposing the election plan seeking their role in decision-making.
Nepal police ready to provide election security
Kathmandu, June 20: The Nepal Police is mulling to arrange necessary security provision in view of upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election scheduled for November 19. At a news conference on Thursday, the newly appointed spokesperson of Nepal Police Additional Inspector General (AIG) Nabaraj Silwal said some 80 per cent of the entire police force would be mobilized for election security while other personnel would oversee the internal security. Presently, Nepal Police boasts of 67,181 personnel. AIG Silwal said required number of personnel would be recruited for election purposed and security provision would be arranged based on sensitivity of election booths considering the lessons of 2008 CA election.
CPN-M into forming ‘people’s govt’
PARASI: The CPN-Maoist in Nawalparasi has started forming ‘people’s government’ in the name of joint people struggle committee. The party has formed area-level joint struggle committee and is forming village-level committees and preparations are under way to form the district committee by July 15. There are 27 heads from the party’s area-based sister organisations in the people’s struggle committee.
The newly formed committee will provide the structure of peoples’ government in future.’ Sources said the joint people’s struggle committee was formed after the fashion of ‘Peoples’ government’ during the insurgency. The name given to the committee at present is People’s Protest Committee because it would mean something else if they called it ‘People’s Government.’ Party sources said the committee has planted the party flag in the district and they have captured lands and are acting like they did when they ran a parallel government during the insurgency.