HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Visiting former US president Jimmy Carter today called on top leaders of various political parties and commissioners of the Election Commission and expressed concern about the ongoing political developments, progress status of polls, inclusiveness, and peace process issues.
He held meetings with UCPN-M chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai, NC President Sushil Koirala, Madhesi leaders Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, Mahantha Thakur and Sarita Giri separately.
He also called on EC commissioners at the EC office.
Expressing concern about issues related to fresh CA polls, federalism and inclusiveness, Carter asked what political parties were doing to clear obstacles, Koirala said. “We informed him that all political parties were committed to fresh polls, federalism and sufficient inclusion in the CA and that the parties are planning to hold talks with dissident political groups to clear obstacles,” Koirala said.
Dahal told Carter that the country had already entered the poll process and expressed confidence that political transition would end after elections. Carter applauded UCPN-M’s role in the peace process and said the party’s role would be important in making the CA polls successful.
Chief Election Commissioner Nilakantha Upreti said Carter expressed concern about the CA polls’ credibility, legitimacy, fairness and inclusion of different deprived and underprivileged groups.
He also expressed the Carter Center’s willingness to observe the polls this time as it did earlier, said Upreti.