Kathmandu, January 18
The suspected uncertainty of the local elections before the expiry of the current term of the local governments has almost ended on Tuesday with the ruling coalition agreeing to hold the polls by mid-May.
As the tenure of all local-level elected officials will be over in the third week of May, the Election Commission has been demanding the polls be held by mid-May. The commission has been pressing the government to declare the poll date as soon as possible.
Accordingly, the ruling coalition held a meeting today and discussed the date for the polls, according to the government spokesperson Gyanendra Bahadur Karki.
Karki says the parties have agreed to hold the polls on time.
Earlier, it was reported that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba might delay the polls as his two coalition partners–CPN-Maoist Centre and CPN-Unified Socialist–want so.
But, with the recent agreement, the cabinet is likely to announce to hold the polls by mid-May within this week.