Thursday, June 07, 2007

Cabinet approves second statute amendment bill
The government Wednesday approved the second amendment bill on the Interim Constitution.
The second amendment will incorporate the decision to hold elections at the end of November, the eight-party decision to reassess the Election Constituency Delineation Commission (ECDC) report and the agreements reached to address the demands of various agitating groups, according to sources.
The previous bill regarding holding the CA elections on June 20 has been rolled back after the Election Commission (EC) announced that the elections were not possible by that date. The amendment bill registered at the parliament in mid-April will be scrapped.
The government will now register the bill at the interim legislature-parliament for its approval.
As per the constitutional provision, the country had to hold Constituent Assembly elections by mid-June. However, top leaders of the eight-party alliance recently agreed to reschedule the polls by November-December as the EC expressed its inability to conduct the election by mid-June due to lack of sufficient preparation time, necessary laws and a conducive atmosphere for holding them in free and fair manner.
The amendment also includes a provision disallowing April Uprising suppressers indicated by the Rayamajhi Commission to contest the CA elections, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Narendra Bikram Nemwang told reporters after the meeting.

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