Leaders of the three main Nepal ruling parties signed a 10-point deal to control the rising election-related violence in the country, which is scheduled to go to the polls on April 10.
“CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal, CPN-Maoist Chairman Prachanda and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, leader of the Nepali Congress, pledged to take action against anyone or any group involved in activities that would upset the coming election to the Constituent Assembly,” said sources from the Nepali Congress.
While the three leaders agreed to hold the elections in a fair and peaceful manner, all parties decided to boost security ahead of the polls and take action against culprits that do not respect their corresponding party affiliations. The leaders also set up hotlines among their group to pass on information of any activities that may disrupt the elections.
The trio has also decided to produce a mechanism that represents all political parties and members of the civil society in each district, which would help in simplify the election process and deal with problems that could occur during the run up to the polls.
During the meeting Tuesday, Prime Minister Koirala expressed concern over the members of the (PLA) guerilla army leaving the cantonments, where the UN supervised their confinement, but will now take part in election campaigns.
All three leaders assured that they would tell their respective party supporters not to obstruct election campaigns of other parties. Instead, they would instruct them to work towards a peaceful atmosphere throughout the election process.