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Nepal President rejects election-related ordinance

Last Updated: Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 17:03

Kathmandu: In a setback to Nepal caretaker government`s plans to hold early polls, President Ram Baran Yadav has rejected two election-related ordinances, saying they have become irrelevant.

A press statement issued by the Office of the President said the Head of the State took the decision to this effect referring to the announcement by the Election Commission on July 30 that the ordinances, even if they were approved, would not be enough to hold the polls on November 22 as promised by the Prime Minister.

The statement said that in view of "changed circumstances" there was "no relevance" of the two ordinances.

The Cabinet on July 27 had forwarded the two ordinances - Some Election Laws Amendment Ordinance, 2012 and Constituent Assembly Election Ordinance, 2012 - seeking to clear legal and constitutional hurdles to conduct the polls.

"The rejection shows more ordinances without consensus among parties will face the same fate," said sources at the President`s office.

Meanwhile, political advisor to Prime Minister Devendra Poudel said that the President sending back the ordinances related to election was undemocratic and unconstitutional move.

Speaking in a programme in the Capital on Saturday, Poudel said that the government was preparing to send the ordinances rejected by the President back to the President`s office.


First Published: Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 17:03

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