KATHMANDU: The President's Office said on Friday that President Dr. Ram Baran found it irrelevant to promulgate two ordinances presented by the Cabinet to amend the existing laws related to the elections and hold the fresh elections of Constituent Assembly.
Spokesperson of the President's Office Hari Kumar Shrestha issued a statement on behalf of the president this afternoon to inform that the ordinances have been rejected for now as the Election Commission has already informed the government that the CA elections, scheduled for November 22, was not possible citing lack of constitutional and legal provisions, and minimum understanding among the political parties regarding their participation for the validity of the elections.
As per the Article 88 (1) of the Interim Constitution, the Cabinet had presented the ordinances for endorsement on July 27.
The Elections Commission told the government on July 30 that it would not be able to hold the polls on November 22.
The president did not see relevance to promulgate the ordinances at the changes context, his spokesperson said in the statement.
When the Constituent Assembly was in its dying moments on the night of May 27 after failing to accomplish its mandate to promulgate the new constitution, Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai had announced the fresh CA elections.
However, the political parties are divided over the prime minister’s unilateral announcement. Some parties and leaders have been arguing that the Interim Constitution has not envisioned the new elections of CA.