Nepal Is Ready To Vote in Historic CA Poll

By Hemraj Regmi

Voting will being at 7:00 in the morning on April 10 (tomorrow) for the much-awaited Constituent Assembly elections. All preparations have been complete for the election, said the Election Commission (EC). Election will not be held in constituency no. 1 of Surkhet district among the 240 constituencies in the country, as CPN-UML candidate in the constituency Rhishi Prasad Sharma was killed yesterday. There are 20, 810 polling centres in 9,793 places to hold the election simultaneously and voters entering latest by 5:00 pm in the polling centre will be able to exercise their voting rights. There are 3,937 candidates in the fray including women 326, independent women 42, party candidates male 2,795 and independent 774 in the election. Some 126, 000 staff and 108,000 volunteers are mobilized to manage the voting, the EC said. Continue reading Nepal Is Ready To Vote in Historic CA Poll

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Suspended King and Former Autocrat Gyanendra Urges Us To Vote!

In yet another instance of demonstrating hypocrisy, suspended king Gyanendra who is NOT registered to vote has urged all people of Nepal to VOTE in the election of Constituent Assembly polls tomorrow. Issuing a press statement today through is palace secretariat, Gyanendra who staged a coup d’état, imposed an emergency and suspended the freedom of expression and imposed autocracy in February 2005 urged US to exercise OUR democratic franchise in a free and fair environment maintaining harmony and unity in the crucial polls. Instead of getting out of the Narayanhitti Palace, stopping to feed himself from the hard earned money of Nepali people, Gyanendra who assumed the throne under doubtful circumstances, issues a press statement in which he says:

“Beloved countrymen, it has been our only wish that the country progresses and prospers according to the sovereign decision of the people through the democratic process and that the nation’s existence, independence and integrity come under threat in no situation.

“We request all Nepalese citizens who are eligible to vote to exercise their democratic right in the April 10 Constituent Assembly elections in a free, fair and fear-free environment, maintaining the mutual harmony and unity.”

Updated on April 13:

In his customary New Year’s Day message King Gyanendra today (Baishak 1, 2056) said: “The enthusiastic participation of the Nepalese people in the Constituent Assembly elections, through which they have emphatically reiterated their firm resolve not to compromise the nation’s existence, independence and integrity under any circumstance, is a source of satisfaction for us. Along with peace and democracy, may the New Year inspire us all to uphold our legendary wisdom in ensuring that our national pride, its distinctive values and identity remain uppermost. On the occasion of the advent of the New Year 2065, we extend best wishes for peace, good health and prosperity of all Nepalese, living in the country and abroad.”

Poll Violence: Dang and Surkhet Incidents

SEVEN KILLED, 22 INJURED IN DANG CLASH: Seven persons were killed and 22 injured in firing during a clash between Nepali Congress and Maoist cadres at Lamahi under Constituency No 1. Maoists said the firing was opened by NC cadres and all the killed persons were Maoist activists. Among the killed, four died on the spot while one died en route to Bhairahawa for treatment. The killed have been identified as Purnaman Sen of Rajapur-9, Labaru Chaudhary of Chaulahi-2, Shital Chaudhary of Sailihar-5, Min Pun of Bela-3 and Jeevlal Chaudhary of Chaulahi-2. Local administration has clamped an indefinite curfew so as to prevent the situation from worsening further. SSP Dipak Kumar Thapa said investigation into the incident was ongoing. The feud between NC and Maoist cadres ensued after Maoists seized over 50 NC activists and handed over to the police, saying that the 50 persons did not belong to the constituency. Maoists said NC cadres opened fire to free them even though agreement had been reached to keep them in custody throughout the polls. Continue reading Poll Violence: Dang and Surkhet Incidents

CA Election: Unprecedented Political Unity In Syangja

Waling (Syangja): Unexpected unity and goodwill has been seen among the various political parties in Syangja district despite the past misunderstandings, disputes and quarrels. Altogether 35 poll candidates from the 14 political parties are in the poll fray. Three big parties Nepali Congress, CPN- UML and CPN- Maoist have shown such unity to let around 300,000 voters of the district cast their votes, said Chief Election Officer Jagat Prasad Shrestha. Continue reading CA Election: Unprecedented Political Unity In Syangja

For the Record, from the Campaign Trail

Conducts against the election code of conduct: This ‘Constituent Assembly Member Election 2008 Observation Bulletin’ was prepared by the National Election Monitoring Alliance (NEMA) on April 9, 2008

1. CPN Maoist cadres prevented CPN UML booth representatives from getting into their respective polling booths of 10 VDCs in Dhadhing Constituency – three Dhadhing, district on April 9, 2008. Likewise, CPN Maoist cadres also prevented Dhadhing Constituency-three candidate from Rastriya Prajantra Party Mr. Jit Bahadur Bhandari and his cadres from going to their poling center in Pira VDC, Dhading district. Continue reading For the Record, from the Campaign Trail