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Nepal elections likely in October, says top official

Nepal elections likely in October, says top official

Elections in Nepal for a special assembly that would draft a new constitution will likely be held in October, a senior government minister said Monday, putting the poll months behind schedule.
Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said that though a new date has yet to be decided, it was likely the polls would be held after the monsoon season, which ends in September.
Under a peace treaty signed last year between former rebels and the government, a Constituent Assembly was due to have been elected on June 20 to rewrite the constitution, determine the future of the monarchy, and decide Nepal's political system.
The Communist former rebels formed a coalition with the interim government on April 1 after having joined Parliament earlier this year.
Election officials have sought more time to make technical preparations and for the government to pass new election laws. The officials have also said the security situation in southern Nepal needs to be improved before any elections take place.
Violent protests and strikes in the south since January have stopped officials from collecting voters' names.
The former rebels gave up their armed revolt last year to join a peace process ending years of insurgency. They have locked up their weapons in seven U.N.- monitored camps and confined their fighters to 28 barracks.


Updated : 2021-10-22 15:57 GMT+08:00