Nepal's CA Polls: Third Attempt and Challenges

Violations of election code of conduct, on those who were involved in Red Passport Scandal and on Observers, a report by Conflict Study Center

CA polls were postponed twice in the past (June and November 2007) and the third attempt, April 10, is the historic day to Nepal. As the date is drawing closer, the activities of the contesting parties have increased. There are clashes between United Marxist-Leninist (UML), Nepali Congress (NC), Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Janashakti Party with Maoist activists in various districts. The conflict between the Maoist including UML and the NC in Dadeldhura district, far-western part of Nepal, where former Prime Minister (PM) Sher Bahadur Deuba of NC has contesting, have led to curfew for some days. In several places, the NC has claimed Maoists, particularly Young Communist League (YCL) attacks on them, while Maoists have responded that the attacks were by the people as they were out of contact with public for a long time. The quarrel between NC vs. UML, NC vs. Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (MJF), Janamorcha Nepal vs. CPN (United), etc. are prominent at present Nepal. The JTMM (Jwala Singh), waging armed conflict in Tarai, has killed a candidate of United People’s Front in Bardiya district and the same group including other violent groups are also allegedly responsible for abductions to the candidates1, intimidation to the people not to vote for CA polls, bombing, etc. are serious concerns of security dimensions. A bomb blasted by an unidentified person in a mosque at Biratnagar has taken the lives of two-persons and left many injured. Continue reading Nepal's CA Polls: Third Attempt and Challenges

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