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New Delhi, July 7: The Election Commission of Nepal (EC) wants the government to hold federal and provincial elections in a single phase on November 18 this year, commission authorities have said.
During a meeting with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at Baluwatar, the prime minister’s official residence, Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Chandra Thapaliya and election commissioners recommended the date, a Shaligram commission spokesman said. Sharma Poudel.
Even though Nepal held federal and provincial elections on two different dates – 26th November and 7th December in 2017, this time the Election Commission expressed its intention to hold these elections in one day for two reasons.
“We suggested to the government to hold federal and provincial elections in a single day across the country. The first is that it would be profitable and the second is that it would be comfortable for the commission for the logistical arrangements,” Poudel told Indian Narrative on Wednesday Night.
According to the commission’s spokesperson, Prime Minister Deuba told the election commissioners that the cabinet would make the appropriate decisions regarding the holding of the elections in the coming weeks.
“The Prime Minister has said that these two crucial elections will take place on approximately the same date as the one proposed by the commission,” he said, adding that the electoral body is ready to hold elections on the date which will be decided by the government.
Earlier on May 13 this year, the country’s electoral body held elections to choose a new group of people’s representatives for 753 local levels in a single phase. “The recent local elections also inspired us to hold federal and provincial elections in a single day,” he added.
Beginning with the next federal election, 165 members will be elected to the House of Representatives, the lower house of federal parliament, under the first-past-the-post electoral system and 110 will be elected under the proportional representation system.
Similarly, for seven provincial assemblies, 330 members will be elected by direct ballot and 220 will be elected by proportional ballot.
A few months before the provincial and federal elections are held, the political parties have begun their electoral campaigns across the country.
According to the constitution, Nepal holds local, provincial and federal elections every five years. It will be the second time the Himalayan nation has held federal and provincial elections after adopting its first democratic republic constitution in September 2015. The country’s national charter, also the first full-fledged post-war constitution, had federated the country into seven provinces. and 753 local units.
Although Nepal is a Hindu-majority nation, the constitution declared it a secular, democratic republic after years of political instability. Before entering a republican system in 2007, Nepal witnessed the overthrow of 240 years of Shah monarchy and 10 years of armed conflict which began in 1996.
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