EC asks the government to push it by at least 120 days.
We have just received a report from the Election Commission that the EC has expressed its inability to hold election of Constituent Assembly on the stipulated time of June 20. The Commission had written a letter to the government yesterday and the cabinet is now discussion on the content, reports Durga Khanal, a journalist associated with Kantipur daily from the EC office in Kathmandu. The commission argued that all laws should be formulated (there are three laws yet to be brought) and the date of election must be declared at least 110 days prior to the voting day.
This means that the date of the election of Constituent Assembly will have to be differed by at least 110 days. As per the interim constitution of Nepal 2063 the election must be held within mid June. Recently, a meeting of eight ruling parties had decided to hold the CA election on June 20. Many people were skeptical about the possibility of election by that time. The skepticism was fueled by occasional remarks from some western diplomats including UN General Secretary’s personal representative to Nepal Ian Martin. The EC was also complaining about the limited time for the preparation.