HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Election Commission today wrote to the government calling it to amend existing laws to hold fresh Constituent Assembly election by next month.
The commission today dispatched a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs stating that the laws need to be in place by July 22 if the elections are to be conducted on November 22 –– as declared by the government, said Sharada Prasad Trital, spokesperson for the constitutional body.
The Election Commission has demanded that the 13 provision in the Election Act, Interim Constitution, Election Commission Act, Voter List Act and Constituent Assembly Election Act be amended.
The move comes as the commission has been maintaining that it needs 120 days to conduct elections once all legal provisions are in place.
As per the list prepared by commission, Article 33(a) of Interim constitution which states that the ‘CA election will be held within 2064 BS’ should be changed to 2069 BS. Likewise, Article 63 (3a) should be amended for the delineation of the constituencies as per the recently held census. “Article 63 (7) needs to be amended to accommodate new voters who have come of age.”
In addition, Article 142 (5) needs to be amended to allow political parties –– new and old –– to register themselves at the commission. “None of the parties have been registered for the purpose of election. We will summon applications only after the existing laws are amended,” added Trital.