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Nepali Election Committee extends nomination deadline
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15:23, September 30, 2007

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Nepali Election Commission (EC) Sunday morning extended the deadline for filing the nomination for both the proportional representation system and first-past-the- pole system of constituent assembly elections.

In a press statement issued Sunday by the EC, the deadline for submitting the closed list of candidates for proportional representation system was extended by five days and filing of nomination of candidates for first-past-the-pole system by three days.

As per the EC's previous schedule, the parties had to submit their nominations for the proportional representation system on Sunday and for the first-past-the-pole system on Oct. 5.

Earlier on Sunday, seven major political parties and the Interim Government had separately written to the EC to reschedule the nomination deadline for five days.

Top leaders of the seven-party alliance agreed to request the Election Commission to defer filing nominations for CA seats, after they failed to arrive at a meeting point between the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M) demand for a fully proportional election system and the Prime Minister's outright refusal to change the mixed electoral system till late on Saturday.

Source: Xinhua

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