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Election Commission not in the mood to solve NCP legitimacy dispute anytime soon

File: Election Commission

Kathmandu, February 25

Despite the Supreme Court strongly rejecting Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives, the Election Commission seems not much interested in solving the dispute about the dissolution-induced split in the ruling Nepal Communist Party.

A day after the court’s landmark verdict, the Dahal-Nepal faction of the party went to the commission on Wednesday to take stock of the works the commission is doing regarding solving the dispute about the legitimacy of the split party.

However, the commission forced the faction’s leaders Rajendra Pandey and Mukti Narayan Pradhan to return hopeless. “The commission told them that it might take around 70 days to make a decision about the issue,” a source says.

It has been learned that the constitutional body has not done anything regarding an application that the Dahal-Nepal faction submitted to claim legitimacy.

The faction fears it cannot table a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Oli before the decision because Oli and the dissidents will remain the same party, at least legally, until then. In effect, it will delay the new government formation that the faction desperately looks forward to.

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