Election Update: Commission Extends Nomination Deadline

The Election Commission extends nomination deadline by five days

The Election Commission today postponed the nominations deadline following the government’s request to do so. The cabinet wrote the letter after top leaders of the seven parties agreed to push the nomination deadline by five days. Top leaders of seven parties met at Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s official residence at Baluwatar today morning and a joint request letter was signed by all the leaders urging the commission to postpone the nominations deadline by five days. Now, for proportional electoral system, the parties can file a closed list of their candidates by 18 Ashwin (5 October). As per earlier schedule, today was the last day for filing the nominations. Similarly, the deadline for submission of a closed list of candidates for the first-past-the-post system has been extended to 21 Ashwin (8 October)

Responding to the request letter by the seven parties, Election Commissioner Bhojraj Pokhrel said that considering the current political scenario and to hold ongoing peace process move ahead smoothly, the EC has decided to extend the deadline for submission of the nominations.

Meanwhile, the Maoists are holding informal meeting of their central committee to discuss on the issue of proportional voting system, one of their two key demands that wasn’t agreed by other parties in the alliance, mainly the Prime Minister’s Nepali Congress. The Maoists had asked five days time with other parties to discuss about the possible alternatives of their demands of fully proportional system inside their party.