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Nepal poll costs to be published

world Updated: Oct 16, 2007 23:49 IST
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It would definitely not make the people of impoverished Nepal happy — the Election Commission is now ready to publish a report on the expenditure for the preparation of the Constituent Assembly (CA) election.

The CA election, which was scheduled to be held on November 22, was postponed indefinitely as the parties, and especially Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, failed to resolve some contentious issues.

People have already started blaming Koirala and the political parties for postponing the election indefinitely and pushing Nepal into a new political crisis.

The officials at the Election Commission are now busy compiling expenditure details from different districts. The report is likely to be published within 15 days, the sources said.

“But who is going to be blamed for the money the EC spent over the past year for preparations for the election?” asked Ramesh Adhikari, a school teacher from Kavre.

There are reports that the EC’s expenditure for the election has been to the tune of Rs (Nepali) 5-6 crore, much of which has come as donations from friendly countries.

India has gifted more than 200 vehicles, electronic voting machines and many more items of logistical supports to the Nepal EC for the crucial CA elections.

“Political leaders should realise it is most important for the country to have elections,” said Nagen Thapa, a former Gorkha soldier.

Thapa questioned whether the parties or their leaders would compensate the money Nepal has lost due to the cancellation of the elections. “This is shameful,” he said.

The insurgency-ravaged Himalayan nation is already in a serious financial crisis with high inflation rates, sharp drop in exports and decline in remittances from Nepalis working overseas.

The political situation continued to be deadlocked as the seven parties on Tuesday decided to prorogue the special session of the parliament for two weeks. The special session began on Friday.

The special session of the Parliament to discuss the Maoist proposal for republic and full representative election system, is now slated to begin on October 28.

Meanwhile, Maoist chairman Prachanda has threatened to start a fresh movement if the Naxalites’ demands were not met. Speaking at the third Global Conference of the Non-Resident Nepalis (NRNs) on Monday, Prachanda said though the international community supports their demands, the Nepali Congress is unwilling to consider them.