Oli, Dahal’s same voice: none can postpone election

CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli, Election Commission, Supreme Court ruling on ballot papers

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: The CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Center) have said that the elections to the House of Representatives and the State Assemblies must be held on the announced dates.

During a joint news conference organized by the two parties in the capital city on Thursday, the leaders of the two parties said that the Supreme Court’s order on the ballot paper however has disappointed them.

They urged all not to dampen people’s demand and expectation for election.

They further said the Supreme Court decision has drawn their attention. All should be aware of the efforts that weaken and obstruct the democratic system.

On the occasion, UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli said any effort and pretext to postpone election was unacceptable. “As the constitution itself has fixed the election dates, no pretence and condition against election will be entertained,” he said, adding that the rumor that government was maneuvering to postpone election had drawn everyone’s attention.

He argued that there were two ballot papers and these were in line with the constitution. So, let’s stop entangling on minor issues, the Chairman urged.

Similarly, Chairman of Maoist Center, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, said that the SC’s order has upset them to some extent but the election must be held on the slated date.

According to him, the EC had formed a taskforce including experts on resolving the dispute on ballot paper. Later the EC printed the ballot as per the recommendation of the taskforce, he argued.