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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

Nepal's chief election commissioner warns political parties

[b]Nepal's chief election commissioner warns political parties [/b]

Kathmandu, 09 December, ( Nepal's Chief Election Commissioner Keshav Raj Rajbhandari has warned political parties that have announced to defy polls that they may become irrelevant.

Speaking in a program at Nepal's Kaski district Thursday, Rajbhandari said, "The king has expressed commitment for democracy time and again in the country as well as outside. The elections have been announced in accordance with his directives to the Election Commission. The people also desire the same. No one can go against the people's desire," he claimed.

He said that Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, the two biggest parties in the seven-party alliance that has announced to defy polls, can still register their parties at the commission till December 12. He added that in case they failed to do so, the people will reject them.

He also said that the commission has completed all preparations for the polls except for the printing of ballot papers. He alleged that the parties who are defying polls have not understood the meaning of democracy. "How right is it to talk of democracy and not participate in polls? The people will answer this question."

He further said, "It is laughable that the parties have not understood even the constitution they themselves made."

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