KATHMANDU, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Disputes among major political parties, including the UCPN (Maoist)'s demand to form a probe panel to investigate the vote-rigging, have delayed to call a first meeting of the Constituent Assembly (CA) and formation of the government, leaders said on Sunday.
The dispute among the parties has also delayed the constitution drafting process, a major task of the CA. Nearly one month has elapsed since the Nov. 19 CA elections but the Election Commission (EC) has not announced the final result as the UCPN (Maoist) is refusing to submit the names of its CA members under the proportional category. The party is demanding to form a panel to probe the alleged irregularities in the Nov. 19 election as a condition to submit the names of leaders who will be the CA members.
The party was relegated to the third position in the election securing just 80 seats, compared with the first position in the 2008 election.
The High level Political Committee (HLPC), a cross-party mechanism that played a vital role for holding the election is discussing the Maoist's agenda but there has not been any agreement among political parties.
"We are discussing different alternatives to seek a solution. But we are firm that an independent panel should be formed," said UCPN (Maoist) senior leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha after the HLPC meeting on Sunday.
The Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML, which emerged as the first and second largest parties in the CA election, are saying that the formation of a probe panel is not possible as it would raise a serious question about the legitimacy of the government.
The government formation process begins only after the first meeting of Constituent Assembly (CA). If the parties in the CA fail to form a government on a consensus basis, the CA which also serves as parliament will elect a new prime minister of the country.
The political parties in the country are also divided about the re-election of the president.
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