EC complains Govt. of delaying election-related laws

Posted on: August 22, 2016 | views: 249

the Election Commission (EC) has complained the government of delaying formulation of necessary laws to hold the elections.

The constitution has stipulated that Nepal would hold the elections of local, provincial and federal levels by mid January 2018.

Holding a meeting with the Chief Election Commissioner and other officials at the Commission today, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the government is striving to create the atmosphere conducive for the elections by formulating necessary laws and holding talks with the agitating political parties.

During the discussion with the EC officials, the PM informed that the local body restructuring commission has been asked to submit its report within mid October. The date for the election could be fixed four months before the elections, he added. But, the EC demanded at least six months before the election to fix the date.

PM Dahal, who reached the EC office with Minister for Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development, Ramesh Lekhak; Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development, Hitraj Pandey, and Chief Dr Somlal Subedi, said, all elections should be held in the time the constitution has stipulated. If the elections are not held on time; constitution won't be implemented.

According to the PM, the major political parties could forge agreement on the threshold.
Moreover, Minister Lekhak said government would not budge from its commitment. He urged the EC to prepare a checklist of the activities the government and EC should carry out regarding the elections.

During the meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhi Prasad Yadav informed the high level team that nine laws are necessary to hold the elections.
Dr Yadav further said EC should be allowed to purchase necessary materials not based on Public Procurement Act but on other election related laws.