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Bhuwan KC/Tilak Pathak
The parties which had claiming rigged elections finally agreed to sit in the Constituent Assembly after several attempts. Amidst extensive protests and dissatisfaction, the political parties were able to finalise the list of candidates for the proportional representation. At the same time, this also created internal rifts within the parties. In addition, a dispute arose about whether the prime minister or the President should call the meeting of the Constituent Assembly. Nepali Congress and UML could not agree in principle on a power-sharing deal according to the new mandate. In the name of consensus, the list of proportional candidates could not be finalised in time, which further postponed the CA meeting. without consensus among the parties and delay in CA meeting, new government could not be formed. In the absence of timely consensus among the parties to take the process forward, public excitement seen during the CA election began to wane.

Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:08

Second CA Election Concludes, Changes in Power

Bhuwan KC/Tilak Pathak

The second CA election concluded one and half years after the first CA was dissolved when it failed to draft a constitution. The elections this time went ahead despite extensive protests from the Vaidya-led CPN (M) and smaller 33-party alliance. However, there was few human loss compared to the previous election. After the election, the previously largest party UCPN (M) was limited to the third place, and the previously second largest party the NC became the largest party, while the previously third largest party UML succeeded in becoming the second largest in the new CA. However, after the defeat in the election, UCPN (M) and other parties demanded investigation into the election, raising questions about the election process. They also threatened to not submit the list of proportional candidates and not joining the CA.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:04

Parties enter Election fray

Bhuwan KC/Tilak Pathak
Except for the 33-party election alliance including the Mohan Vaidya-led CPN (M), other major parties entered the election fray. Despite continuous attempts to disturb the election, the Election Commission and the political parties kept moving ahead, and with the cooperation of the parties and the Election Commission to the government, the country was in the midst of the elections. In spite of the murder of the election candidates and obstructions in places, the parties in the fray reached among the people. This created an atmosphere for political process, which had stalled after the dissolution of the first CA, to move forward. Along with the doubts if the election would be free of fear when the 33 parties had boycotted it, there was political polarisation between those in favour and against the election to the Constitution Assembly. The possibility of new political conflict remained despite promulgation of a constitution through the Constituent Assembly.

Saturday, 05 October 2013 11:11

Army Deployed for the Polls

Bhuwan KC/Tilak Pathak

After the agreement between the Federal Socialist Party and main political parties, the November 19 election got additional boost; however, the talks between with CPN (M)-led 33-party alliance was unsuccessful. The attempts by the President for an agreement with all the political parties to create an atmosphere for election also failed. After the failure of talks with the 33-party alliance, main parties got ready to hold the November 19 election. Then the election government decided to deploy the army for the polls for security, which further decreased the possibility of an agreement between the main political parties and CPN (M)-led alliance. The alliance sent a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stating that the army deployment was against the November 2006 Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA).

Thursday, 05 September 2013 11:05

Increasing Election Fever

Bhuwan KC/ Tilak Pathak

The agreement with the Federal Socialist Party, which was protesting due to its dissatisfaction with the parties assisting the government, namely UCPN (M), Nepali Congress, UML, and United Democratic Madhesi Forum, and the government itself, created additional favourable atmosphere for the election. This represented the end of the challenge faced by the government and the political parties in Madhes related to the election. The main political parties shifted into higher gears after the Election Commission published the election timetable. They focus rigorously on internal preparation. However, the attempts at agreement with the disaffected CPN (M)-led 33-party alliance were futile. Though overall atmosphere was favourable for the election, it did not create confidence about the November election after the failure to reach an agreement with the 33-party alliance.

Sunday, 04 August 2013 10:56

Election Activity

Bhuwan KC/ Tilak Pathak

The government and the parties in the high-level political committee became active to prepare a favourable environment for the election. The talks agenda between one of the disaffected parties, CPN (M), and the main parties included the finalisation of major issues of the constitution through a roundtable conference, which gave a new turn to the political developments. The chances of November election looked more promising after the continuing talks and about roundtable conference between the government, the Election Commission, and main parties preparing for the election on one side and those opposing the election. However, there were no in-depth discussions on the difficulty of consensus within the roundtable conference and how it would affect the scheduled November election.

Bhuwan KC/ Tilak Pathak

Despite uncertainties about the election being held, the government announced the election for November 19. UCPN (M), Nepali Congress, CPN (UML), and united Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) welcomed the announcement and started to prepare for the election. The parties opposing the present political process protested the decision of the government to hold the election. Then the leaders of the main political parties stated that they would try to attempt agreement with the opposing parties but the no one can halt the November election. The opposing parties asserted that the election would not be held if their demands were not met and they would not let it happen. Amidst the wrangling among the political parties, the Election Commission took forward its preparations for the election. However, in the absence of consensus among the political parties, the atmosphere for the election was not favourable.

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