Saturday, April 28, 2007

62 parties register at EC

As the deadline for their registration ended on Friday, sixty-two different political parties have registered at the Election Commission (EC) as per the new provisions enshrined in the interim constitution.

For the purpose of Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, 62 parties have registered as per the interim constitution whereby those parties that are not represented in the current parliament have produced over 10,000 signatures.

"Now the Commission will determine working procedures and immediately start the process of verification of the signatures as well as other aspects," Laxman Bhattarai, spokesperson of the EC told reporters.

Bhattarai informed that the EC would probably use sampling method to verify tens of thousands of signatures that the parties have produced.

Those parties whose applications are not deemed adequately appropriate will be given a week to correct.

Because of the constitutional provision making it mandatory for the parties to produce 10,000 signatures, the number of parties registered at the EC this time is comparatively less. In the previous election, there were 150 parties registered at the EC.

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