HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress and CPN-UML today rejected Unified CPN-Maoist’s demand of setting up a high-level probe commission to investigate the alleged vote rigging. Both the parties said the fairness of the November 19 elections could not be questioned.
“Polls were held in a free, fair and peaceful manner and were highly appreciated by national and international communities,” they said, adding that the UCPN-M’s grievances, however, could be addressed by forming a parliamentary panel after the Constituent Assembly formally comes into place.
At a meeting of the High Level Political Committee held at the Peace Fund Secretariat in Babarmahal, the NC and UML said that formation of a probe commission could not be justified.
“The UCPN-M thanked everyone for the free and fair elections after the voting was over on the election day. The party participated in district-level and all-party meetings and in counting process as well. But it started taking exception to poll process only after the initial results were out. So its demand that there should be a thorough investigation into vote rigging cannot be justified,” said NC Vice-president Ramchandra Paudel. He said it was regretful that the UCPN-M was raising trivial issues like election officers using different colours of ink while signing the ballot papers. “The UCPN-M’s demand is neither justified nor acceptable.”
But UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said discussions on his party’s demands ‘have begun seriously’ among parties.
“We have not boycotted the Constituent Assembly and the peace process. We have put forth some of our concerns and discussions are under way. I hope we will be able to find a common ground during HLPC’s next meeting.” HLPC’s next meeting is scheduled for December 14.
UML leader Bhim Rawal said today’s meeting dwelt on post-election developments but ‘we are yet to reach a conclusion’ as parties remained stuck to their stances.
“We told the UCPN-M that the weaknesses in the election system can be corrected for future elections after a thorough study by a parliamentary panel. But the November 19 elections cannot be questioned by any commission,” Rawal said.
UCPN-M refuses to show gratitude
KATHMANDU: The Unified CPN-Maoist at Wednesday’s High Level Political Committee meeting, which was presided over by party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, declined to formally express thanks to the government, the Election Commission and all concerned for holding the November 19 elections successfully. “They agreed to thank people for their overwhelming participation in the CA polls but stopped short of thanking the government, the EC and others. As a result, the HLPC could not express its thank formally for the successful conduct of the elections,” said a leader who was present at Wednesday’s HLPC meeting. The cross-party political mechanism had reached a decision to form a chief justice-led government that ultimately oversaw the elections. The UCPN-M has alleged that the government, the Nepali Army and the EC were involved in vote rigging.