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Government committed to hold CA elections by 3rd week of November 2013, says Chairman of the interim election council Khil Raj Regmi: Chairman of the interim election council Khil Raj Regmi on May 29 said that the government was committed to hold the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections by the 3rd week of November (1st week of the Nepali month of Mangsir). He said that the government was in consultations with the parties to resolve the differences on the proposed election ordinance and that the election date would be announced after a "favourable political situation" is created. He also said that the government expected cooperation from the political parties and other stakeholders to create election atmosphere. Nepal News, May 30, 2013.

Looking for an alternative to the Khila Raj Regmi-led electoral government would lead to another 'political disaster in the country, warns UCPN-M Chairman Puhspa Kamal Dahal: Chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Puhspa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda on May 28 warned that looking for an alternative to the Khila Raj Regmi-led electoral government would lead to another 'political disaster' in the country. Dahal said, "It is sad and unfortunate that the same parties that signed the 11-point agreement and 25-point ordinance should be looking for an alternative to the current government." This is not the time to be looking for an alternative to the Regmi-led government, but a time to cooperate among each other for fixing the date for fresh elections, he added. My Republica, May 29, 2013.

We will write the constitution from the streets itself, says CPN-Maoist-Baidya: Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist-Baidya (CPN-Maoist-Baidya) Mohan Baidya said on May 21 that if the demands put forth by his party goes unaddressed then it will through the strength of a nationwide movement create the basis to write the new constitution "from the streets itself". He said the country won't get a way out of the present mess it is in until the current Khil Raj Regmi Government is pulled down and political parties appoint a new prime minister by holding a round table meeting. Nepal News, May 22, 2013.

EC begins registration and renewal of political parties: The Election Commission (EC) on April 30 started the process of registration and renewal of political parties for the upcoming polls to the Constituent Assembly (CA). As per the amended regulations, all the political parties participating in the erstwhile CA polls held in 2008 are also required to register themselves at the EC to be eligible to contest the upcoming polls. The old political parties are not required to submit 10,000 signatures. However, this rule has not been changed for the new political parties. Himalayan Times, May 1, 2013.

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