UDMF to boycott election if amendment bypassed

KATHMANDU: The united democratic Madhesi front (UDMF) has reiterated its stand that it would not participate in election if the constitution amendment was bypassed. The UDMF meeting held Tuesday demanded the government to proceed with the constitution amendment, said leader Keshav Jha, adding that it would hold serious discussion with the Prime Minister on Wednesday. The revision of the amendment could be adjusted again to pass the amendment bill, according to him. The UDMF would resort to..

Bhattarai says election ‘impossible’ before constitution amendment

RUKUM: Naya Shakti Party Nepal Coordinator Baburam Bhattarai has declared that holding of any sorts of election before the constitution amendment is not possible. Talking to media persons briefly at Salle Airport, Rukum before returning to Capital on Monday, leader Bhattarai accused the government of announcing the date for local poll just for lengthening its tenure. He was here in connection to a cadre training programme of his party. He expressed views that the voice of Madhes should be..

EC urges parties to register for participation in election by March 1

KATHMANDU: The Election Commission (EC) has urged all political parties to register the parties' names for the participation in the election by March 1. The EC, through a public notice stated Sunday that any political party shall submit the details mentioning party's name, address of central office, number of members on the central executive committee or the equivalent body, number of other officials, organisational structure and annual audit reports, including others for the registration for..

CPN-UML against constitution amendment bill, Oli reiterates

KATHMANDU: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has reiterated that his party would not allow the House to pass the constitution amendment bill under any circumstances. Addressing a programme organised at the party central office Dhumbarahi on Sunday to welcome newcomers to the party, Oli said the amendment bill tabled in the parliament was not in the interests of the nation. He further said that the efforts were on to divide the nation into mountain, hill and Tarai, which, he claimed, was just a..

UML leader doubtful if local level elections will take place

PARBAT: CPN (UML) senior leader and former Prime Minister, Madhav Kumar Nepal, has expressed his doubt over the local level elections from taking place on the scheduled date of May 14. During an interaction with party cadres on Friday evening at Kushma Bazaar, the district headquarters of Parbat, Nepal accused the governing parties of not being serious towards the elections and said the environment has failed to give assurance of the elections. He added that the opposition from the..

Local level election on stipulated date: Deuba

BUTWAL: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has affirmed that the local level election would be held in the stated date. President Deuba said this while inaugurating the BP Memorial Building and launching the BP Memorial Souvenir at Butwal on Saturday. Deuba, also the former Prime Minister, said that the election would not be stopped in any pretext and directed his party cadres to engage all-out efforts in election. Claiming that only the NC could accommodate all political parties..

Take all parties in Nepal into confidence before polls: Indian envoy

KATHMANDU: Outgoing Indian envoy to Nepal Ranjit Rae on Friday urged the government here to take all the political parties into confidence before conducting local bodies polls in May. "As the largest democracy in the world, India supports every move and effort made for strengthening democracy in Nepal. It has been our policy continuously over the period of time," Rae, who is set to retire at the end of this month, said at a farewell function. "And, it is my request to the government of Nepal..

EC seeks security plan from govt agencies for local elections

KATHMANDU: The Election Commission of Nepal has urged security agencies to help conduct the local level elections in free and fair manner. In a meeting with the chiefs of all four security agencies and secretaries of the concerned ministries, the EC on Friday asked the authorities to help hold the polls in a free, fairness, credible and amicable manner. Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhi Prasad Yadav and Commissioner Sudhir Kumar Shah asked the security agencies to prepare a security plan..

Election Commission publicises entire schedule for local polls

KATHMANDU: After two days of the government’s announcement of the date for local elections, the Election Commission on Wednesday made public the election schedule. As per the schedule, the casting vote on the voting day is fixed from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on May 14. With the announcement of election programme, the EC has issued a 19-point directive seeking government’s help. All government bodies, public agencies and committees, educational institutions the EC have urged all to give top..

Oli urges one and all not to obstruct ‘Mechi-Mahakali’ campaign

KATHMANDU: CPN (UML) chair KP Sharma Oli has called on one and all not to carry out any activities that cause obstructions to the 'Mechi-Mahakali' campaign that the party has planned to launch from March 4 to 17. While inaugurating the 'Mechi-Mahakali National Campaign management office' at the party's central office, Dhumbarahi today, leader Oli said the campaign was pre-planned and requested all political parties and organisations not to cause obstructions in its implementation. The..

Cabinet decides to forward constitution amendment bill

KATHMANDU: The meeting of the Council of Ministers has today decided to forward the constitution amendment bill registered in the parliament. The Cabinet meeting held in Singh Durbar decided to forward the bill in tomorrow's Parliament session in a bid to address the voices of Tarai-centric parties, marginalized communities and other minority groups. The meeting further has allocated an additional responsibly to the committee formed under the convenorship of Minister for Federal Affairs and..

Nepal to Hold First Local Elections in 20 Years: Minister

By Gopal Sharma, KATHMANDU (Reuters): Nepal will hold its first local elections in 20 years in May, a minister said on Monday, an important milestone in its long and difficult transition to democracy that the government hopes will culminate in a general election. The Himalayan nation has been unable to complete the journey to a republic because some regional groups rejected a constitution approved by bigger political parties in 2015, saying it concentrated power further among the hill elite..

Ruling parties decide to announce local poll soon

KATHMANDU: The government has decided to announce the date for local polls soon. A meeting of the ruling parties held at the official residence of the Prime Minister at Baluwatar today to discuss about the date for election and other contemporary issues decided in this regard. As part of its effort to reach to a consensus, the government was working to forward constitution amendment proposal along with announcement of local elections by bringing the disgruntled parties on board. Accordingly,..

PM Prachanda’s consultations with UDMF leaders fail to produce results

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' held consultation with the United Democratic Madhesi Front over various issues including local poll and constitution amendment on Saturday. Prime Minister Prachanda held discussions with the leaders of UDMF calling them to his official residence at Baluwatar. However, the meeting could not forge any consensus due to the stance of both sides. On the occasion, Prime Minister Prachanda had proposed with the UDMF to forward constitution..

RPP general convention begins

KATHMANDU: Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) begun its unity general convention in Kathmandu. With the theme 'Nationality, Democracy, Hinduism and Economic Liberalism', this is the first convention after the unity between mother Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal (RPP-Nepal) recently. The four-day convention will pick a new party leadership for a four year's term. RPP Chairman Kamal Thapa inaugurated the four-day unity general convention. Around 3,400..

Dr Lohani announces candidacy for RPP Chair

KATHMANDU: The national chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani has announced his candidacy for the post of chairman in the party's unity convention that is starting in the capital from today. Speaking in the face-to-face programme organised by Reporters Club Nepal, he said, "I am going to file my candidacy to the party chairmanship to challenge the mentality and the thinking of running the party as a one-man show." Dr Lohani shared that he decided to..

Nepal should not back India’s plan to corner Pakistan: Oli

KATHMANDU, (IANS): Nepal's former Prime Minister and Chairman of CPN-UML K.P. Oli on Thursday said India is trying to corner Pakistan and Nepal should not support the move. While opposing India's alleged strategy to corner Pakistan, he said some sub-regional forums are working to ensure fruition of India's anti-Pakistan scheme. Presenting a political document at the party's politburo meeting here, he claimed: "India's strategy is clear -- corner Pakistan. "In the backdrop of the..

Local elections to be held within May 14 by any means: PM Prachanda

PANCHTHAR: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has said the local level elections would be held by any means within May 14 this year as the three major parties have already made an informal agreement on this. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the Hewakhola 'A' Hydroelectricity Project here today. The project is on the Hewakhola River that flows through the border between Yagnam and Nagin of Panchthar district. "I have held discussions on this matter with the Nepali..

UML standing committee urges govt to announce election date

KATHMANDU: The CPN-UML Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday decided to draw the government's attention towards holding the local level elections by coming May and complete all three level elections by January, 2018. Talking to reporters following the meeting held at the UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli's Balkot residence, UML Spokesperson Yogesh Bhattarai said the meeting also decided to continue the ongoing talks with the Madhesi front in a more effective and fruitful manner. "Deliberations were..

Govt. Appoints Interim Police Chief

KATHMANDU: Government appointed Dinesh Chandra Pokhrel as interim police chief after a judicial decision to provisionally suspend the previous appointment following a lawsuit, today announced official sources. Pokhrel will lead the security force until the new inspector general takes office, said Som Lal Subedi, secretary of the Council of Ministers. The Supreme Court of Nepal ordered the provisional suspension of Jaya Bahadur Chand's appointment as the new head of the body. Following a..

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