Friday, February 29, 2008

The polls are bound to happen this time

KATHMANDU, Feb 29 - Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Bhoj Raj Pokhrel on Friday said the electoral programmes can not be rescheduled again.
Addressing media persons after his meeting with US Ambassador to Nepal Nancy J. Powell today, CEC Pokhrel claimed that the Election Commission (EC) exercised flexibility this time although the new electoral programmes have brought challenges to the EC.

He added that the programmes for the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections fixed earlier were postponed this time to assist the peace process.

CEC Pokhrel informed that the holding of the April 10 CA polls will be easier for the EC since the government reached to understanding with the major agitating Madhesi Front.

According to Pokhrel, it was agreed to establish a new centre for elections’ monitoring with the US support during his meeting with Ambassador Powell.

Only today EC fixed new dates for filing the name-list of the candidates to contest the CA polls under first-past-the-post (FPTP) system on the request of the government following the signing of an 8-point agreement with the Madhesi party United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF).



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