Given the political uncertainty in the country, Nepal’s Election Commission (EC) on Sunday extended the last date for candidates to file their nominations for the constituent assembly election scheduled for November 22. The EC took the decision following written requests to do so from seven political parties.
Bhoj Raj Pokhrel, the chief election commissioner said that candidates could now file their nominations for the proportional representation based election by October 4. As per the earlier schedule, Sunday would have been the last day for filing nominations for the poll based on this system.
Similarly, the deadline for submission of nominations for the first-past-the-post election system has been extended to October 8.
“Respecting the request of the political parties, we have extended the dates,” Pokhrel said, adding that it would be difficult for the EC to postpone the election schedule any further, and still hold the election on the scheduled day.
The last general election in Nepal was held in 1999. Pokhrel was still optimistic that the poll would be held on schedule. He also hoped that the political parties would be able to complete the formalities for filing of nominations within the extended deadline. Caught in the imbroglio over the Maoist demands for declaring Nepal a republic and for proportional representation, the political parties are yet to finalise their list of candidates for the crucial CA election.