CEC urges seven parties to resolve deadlock today

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Kathmandu, Oct 3 (UNI) Nepal's Election Commission has urged the leaders of the seven parties to resolve their differences over the proportional representation voting today itself, to give system, enough time for resheduling the election programme.

Chief Election Commissioner Bhoj Raj Pokharel said that the EC could face problems in holding the elections on November 22 in the prevailing uncertainties, Kantipuronline reported.

Addressing a press conference, the CEC hinted it may not be possible to hold elections on the sheduled time if the government urged the EC for implementing fully proportional electoral system in the CA elections.

Mr Pokharel also dismissed the claims that leaders of some political parties had held discussion with the election commissioners about changing the electoral system for the polls.

The EC had deferred the nomination date to September 30 following government's request to do so after an agreement between the top leaders of the seven parties.

Now, for proportional electoral system, the parties can file a closed list of their candidates by October 5.

As per the initial election schedule, today was the last day for filing the nominations for the proportional system.

Similarly, the deadline for submission of a closed list of candidates for the first-past-the-post system has been extended to October 8.

UNI

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