Peace process needs polls: Carter
JAN 08 -
Former US President Jimmy Carter has said holding timely elections is a political, constitutional and democratic obligation for Nepal’s political leadership.
In an exclusive Op-Ed article he wrote for The Kathmandu Post, the founder of the Carter Center said: “An expedited resolution to the political stalemate and the holding of elections in spring 2013 would give the peace process the much needed impetus and would provide the government with a fresh mandate to complete the constitution.”
Carter said elections were the public’s aspiration during the democratic movement of 1991 and the popular movement of 2006. “A new election would give Nepali citizens an opportunity to re-engage with their democracy and institutionalise social inclusion,” he said.
Carter, who has personally
visited Nepal to oversee the
country’s peace process, expressed concern over the extended political squabbling.
“The hope and spirit in which the agreement [Comprehensive Peace Agreement] was made is threatened by deepening political brinkmanship, cynicism and mistrust,” he said.
Posted on: 2013-01-08 08:25