EC welcomes budget for new CA polls
KATHMANDU, JUL 16 -
The government’s decision to allocate budget for holding fresh CA elections has opened way for the preparation of upcoming elections, said the Election Commission ( EC ).
Unveiling the partial budget, Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun on Sunday announced that the government would allocate Rs 3 billion for holding the fresh CA elections. “We had asked the government to allocate budget for the elections and it has now announced to allocate one third of our demand,” said Acting Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety.
The decision to allocate budget, according to Uprety, will clear way for the preparation of elections. “But that alone is not enough, the government should allocate additional budget too,” said Uprety, adding that the commission would need an additional Rs 3 billion for security arrangement. The EC had demanded the government to allocate Rs 7.60 billion except security expenditure.
But with the July 22 deadline for the government to furnish legal documents closing in, there are doubts if the election can be held on time. “In fact, we are still confused if the election will be held within the stipulated date but there are still chances as politicians always forge consensus in the last minute,” said Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav.
The government announced to hold fresh CA elections on November 22 after the CA desolution sans constitution. The EC had asked the government to clear all the leagal hurdles, including the Interim Constitution by July 22 to pave way for the elections.
Posted on: 2012-07-16 08:28