Monday, August 20, 2007

EC publicizes election schedule
The Election Commission Sunday publicized the programme for the Constituent Assembly elections.
It has announced two separate schedules for the first-past-the-post and proportional electoral systems.
As per the schedule for the first-past-the-post-system, the candidates will have to file their nominations from 10 am to 5 pm on October 5.
The commission will publicise the initial list of candidates on October 6. Complaints against the nominations can be filed the following day. The commission will then review the complaints, and publicise the second list of the candidates by October 8.
The candidates can withdraw their nominations on October 9. The commission will then publicize the final list on October 10 and allot the election symbols on October 11.
Similarly, for the proportional electoral system, the political parties must submit an enclosed list of candidates on September 30.
The parties will be notified to correct the enclosed list on October 1, and they will have to submit the amended list on October 8. The enclosed list will be publicised on October 15.
After following a similar process used for the first-past-the-post system, the commission will publicise the final enclosed list of candidates for the proportional electoral system on November 2 and distribute the election symbols on the same day.
Voting for both the elections will take place from 7 am to 5 pm across the country on November 22.
The commission has informed that vote counting for the first-past-the-post system will not start until all ballot boxes from all the polling booths are collected.
As per the Constituent Assembly elections Act, the commission will declare the candidates elected under the proportional electoral system on the basis of the proportion of the valid votes obtained by the concerned parties after the commission receives the final valid vote counts from across the country.

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