Delineation of election constituencies is not a big deal: EC
KATHMANDU, Nov 27: Though, the government has to review the number of election constituencies before conducting fresh election following the publication of the new census report on Monday, senior officials at the Election Commission (EC) said it was not a big deal.
"I don´t think the increased number of population will affect the number of election constituencies on a larger scale," Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav told Republica.
According to the census report, the total population had increased by 3.3 million in comparison to census of 2001. As per the interim constitution, elections constituencies should be delineated on the basis of census report.
Another official at the EC said that delineation of election constituencies will not make any difference if new election is supposed to be held by mid May. The government had recently announced that it would hold fresh election by mid May.
"If you ask about election of the 2008 Constituent Assembly (CA), delineation of election constituencies was done after announcement of the CA poll´s date," said the official requesting anonymity, adding, "It can be accomplished within two or three months."
However, Yadav stated that it will be dependent on when the government will form a commission for delineation of election constituencies. "The time given to the commission and who heads it are the important issues," he added.
The EC has been running without a head while two post for commissioners are vacant since a couple of years. There were 240 election constituencies in the 2008 CA election.