May 24, 1979
Late King Birendra,
PROCLAMATION TO THE NATION FROM HIS
MAJESTY KING BIRENDRA BIR BIKRAM
SHAH DEVE ON HOLDING A NATIONAL
Time and again in the past there have been occasions when we made it clear for all that we shall always be true to the ideals of democracy. Since the partyless democratic Panchayat System has been like an umbrella embracing the whole of the Nepalese people, We have been laying stress until now on the all round development of Our people trying at the same time to protect, preserve and preserve and perpetuate the territorial integrity and independence of our motherland.
If on the one hand, public consent has been the heartbeat of the Panchayat polity, it has always been a tradition and duty with US to conduct the affairs of the State in consonance with the wishes of our people. We therefore proclaim hereby that in view of the situation as it obtains in the country today, in order to explicitly understand the kind of change our countrymen desire, We shall arrange to hold a National referendum on the basis of universal adult franchise through secret ballot. In this referendum, all eligible citizens will be asked to vote on one of two choices: whether we should retain the present Panchayat system with suitable reforms or weather we should set up a multi-party system of government?
As any delay in such referendum is undesirable, We shall constitute a National Election Commission within a week and within the framework of those alternatives every adult Nepalese shall be allowed to cast the vote on the basis of universal adult franchise. In the course of such referendum, We hope that co-operation will be forthcoming from all quarters to ensure that the choice to the voters is free, impartial and completely fair.
The love we owe to our motherland is common to every Nepali heart. As we have advanced shoulder to shoulder at all times of our history it is a duty common to all of us to preserve, for all times to come, the independence or our beloved Hindu Kingdom together with our distinct culture, while sharing in full the joys and sorrows of each other Nepalese.
May Lord Pashupatinath bless us all!
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