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Maoist chief Prachanda's name included in voters' list

india Updated: Jan 27, 2007 15:00 IST
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After spending over a decade waging an armed rebellion, Nepal Maoist chief Prachanda has now enlisted his name in the voters' list from Chitawan district of the Himalayan country.

Mukti Ram Dahal, Prachanda's father, put his name in the voters' list from Bharatpur Municipality Ward No 6 in the district on Friday, according to Election Commission sources.

The Maoists have recently joined the 330-member Interim Parliament, where they have been allotted 83 seats.

Among the 13 members of the Maoist chief's family, 10 new names were added, in the list, according to the report. Besides Prachanda, his wife Sita, son Prakash and daughter-in-law Prabha's name were also added.

At present there are 314,000 voters listed in Chitawan district and the updating of electoral rolls has already begun.

The Maoists are in the process of joining the Interim Government shortly and the coalition government will fix the date for election to the constituent assembly that would draft a new constitution.

The Maoists will join the government after the arms monitoring under the United Nations is completed, according to party sources.

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