NC, UML ‘to accept’ 60-40 poll model if federalism row is sorted

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 2, 2015-

The ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have said that they would accept Maoist proposal of a mixed model electoral system—60 percent direct and 40 percent proportional—provided they reach consensus on federalism.

During a four-party meeting at Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s residence on Tuesday, the UCPN (Maoist) proposed to elect 40 percent representatives through the proportional system and the rest under the first-past-the-post. NC and UML leaders said they would accept the proposal provided that the Maoist party reaches an understanding on federalism--the most disputed issue of the constitution.

“I don’t see any problem on electoral system. We can agree on his proposal within a minute if the row over federalism is resolved,” said Nepali Congress leader Purna Bahadur Khadka.

The ruling parties had previously proposed to go for the direct electoral system in their joint-proposal tabled at the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee of the Constituent Assembly.

The ruling parties’ flexibility follows an understanding among the major parties to form a national unity government aimed at accomplishing the reconstruction and rehabilitation process in the wake of the devastating earthquake on April 25 and aftershocks.

There are still sticking points over federalism as the ruling parties failed to reach consensus on federalism again on Tuesday. “We discussed on various alternatives, including mandating the provinces to name provinces on their own. But nothing substantive could be achieved,” said Khadka.

During the meeting, the leaders deliberated on various proposals on federating the country between six to eight provinces.

Published: 03-06-2015 07:01

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