Constituent Assembly on November. What About Election Laws?

For many it was a sudden development but today’s ending of political deadlock was the result of long bargaining, blame games and backbiting. Ruling coalition of eight parties decided to hold the election of Constituent Assembly at the end of November. Not only that the Parliament session today went on smoothly after two months of disturbances. On the peace process front, the meeting of the Joint Monitoring Coordination Committee (JMCC) took place and all three parties of the JMCC- UN, Maoist and the government- discussed about the second phase of verification of arms.

Now, don’t ask what about the earlier Eight Party Alliance commitment (which is actually printed in the current constitution) of holding the CA election in June. Didn’t you notice all the allegations and counter allegations, blaming and backbiting in the political theater in the past several weeks after the Election Commission announced its inability to hold election on scheduled time? Finally they have decided that enough is enough, if we don’t get our acts together, we will be in trouble because as we were busy in the blame game Gyanendra got salute from Army in Dakchhinkali temple.

But the original question remains unanswered. Will the ruling alliance be able to formulate key election laws that the EC has been pressuring it to bring out soon? Mixed voting system or proportional representation? They have agreed to review the Election Constituency Delineation Commission (ECDC) report but will they be able to reach consensus so that no voice of resentment will be raised in the run up to the biggest democratic process in the history of Nepal? What about holding talks with agitating groups like Madhesi Forum, two factions of TJMM and Indigenous groups?

It seems the process of reconciliation has just begun and it has a long way to go.

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