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More parties likely to contest next CA polls


KATHMANDU, MAY 07 -  

The number of the parties contesting the upcoming Constituent Assembly election is likely to rise with as many as 110 prospective parties acquiring party registration forms from the Election Commission.

A total of 119 political parties are currently registered at the EC. According to the commision, 54 political parties had contested the CA elections held in 2008 and 25 of them were elected to the now defunct Constituent Assembly.

"The number of groups interested for party registration indicates that the number of parties contesting in the election will go up," said EC spokesperson Madhu Regmi, adding that people are still approaching the commission for the party registration.

The commission has, however, tightened the regulation for party registration, with a provision under the 2007 Interim Constitution requiring a prospective party to furnish at least 10,000 signatures of its supporters. "Getting a party registered is not as easy as in the past. The supporters must come up with valid signatures and citizenship cards," said Regmi, adding, "We have also developed a software to check validity of signatures and the national ID card."

The software tracks the details included in the party registration application. A duplication of signature or citizenship card will result in disqualification of the party, according to the EC.

Posted on: 2013-05-07 11:59