Ind, US call for timely polls in Nepal

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Kathmandu, Oct 3: India, China and the United States have urged the interim Nepal Government to hold Constituent Assembly elections on the scheduled time.

The ambassadors of these countries, Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, Zheng Xianglin and Nancy Powell, held separate meetings with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and urged him not to to postpone the elections slated for November 22, Kantipur newspaper reported.

Postponing elections would disappoint common people, they said.

The CA elections in the Himalyan nation appear uncertain owing to differences between the major political parties, particularly Mr Koirala-led Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, over the electoral system.

While the Prime Minister has been insisting that the Maoists should not backtrack from the earlier agreement for the mixed electoral system, Maoist Chairman Prachanda is calling for a fully proportional system.

A meeting between the top leaders of the seven parties is expected today to resolve their differences on the electoral system. The Maoists have threatened to disrupt the November elections if their demands are not met.


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