30 March: Even as uncertainties rule over the exact date of the election of the Constituent Assembly, the Election Commission today invited the political parties who want to contest in the Constituent Assembly elections to register themselves at the commission. At a press conference organised in the capital today, EC officials said the process of registering the political parties will begin from Saturday (March 31) and end on April 27. CA election is constitutionally slated for mid-June.
Chief Election Commissioner Bhojraj Pokhrel told reporters in a press conference in Kathmandu today that all parties wishing to contest the elections will have to apply for registration within the stated time with at least 10,000 signatures. The new constitutional provisions require both the old and new political parties to register at the EC. The parties that are currently represented at the interim parliament do not need to produce 10,000 signatures. They can simply re-register themselves. Pokhrel further informed that the verification of the signatures submitted with the parties’ registration applications would be completed within a week of the closing of the registration process. When asked whether the elections were possible within the stipulated time, Pokhrel said: “Our job is to prepare for the elections.”