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Nepal's Election Commission Not Ready For June Polls

Nepal's Election Commission says it will not be ready to hold elections in June for a constituent assembly, as specified in a peace deal between the government and former Maoist rebels.

The chief election commissioner, Bhoj Raj Pokharel, said Friday he has asked the government for at least 110 days to prepare for the polls, after necessary election laws are enacted.

Nepal had set June 20 to elect a special body to rewrite the constitution and determine the future political system for the Himalayan country.

The date was announced after the government and the Maoists signed a peace deal late last year, ending a decade-long insurgency.

Under the deal, the Maoists registered their weapons with the United Nations, and confined their fighters to barracks. The former rebels joined Nepal's interim government earlier this month.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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