Election Commission pushes govt for local poll date asap amid continuing confusion

File: Election Commission proportional representation
File: Election Commission

Kathmandu, January 25

Amid the confusion that whether the government conducts local elections in the spring or introduces a new law to defer it by at least six months, the Election Commission has told the government to announce the poll date as soon as possible.

Whereas the commission wants to hold the elections in the spring as the existing local election law requires the government to elect officials before existing ones complete their term, reportedly, some ruling coalition partners want to conduct parliamentary elections before the local ones.

They have cited the constitutional provision that allows the government to hold local level elections within six months from the expiry of their term. Recently, the ruling alliance has decided to take initiatives to amend the local election law to delay the polls, but the main opposition CPN-UML has already warned of a protest.

In this confusion, the constitutional commission says it wants the election date as soon as possible as it also requires some time to prepare for voting.

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