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With the Supreme Court issuing interim order on Friday barring the implementation of the government's decision to add local units, officials at the Election Commission (EC) said that it has put an end to speculation whether third phase of local elections would be held.
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The Election Commission (EC) said on Thursday that it would be able to hold the second phase of local elections on June 14 only in 461 local units and that it would not be possible to conduct polls on the scheduled date if it were to adjust the 22 local units that have been recently added in 12 Tarai districts.
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Hours before announcing his resignation, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Wednesday sought to know from the Election Commission (EC) whether postponing the second phase of elections could be an option to bring the agitating Madhes-based parties on board the poll process.
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The government’s decision to increase the number of local units in 12 districts along the plains three weeks before the scheduled second phase of local elections has left the Election Commission (EC) in a fix.
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The government's decision to increase the number of local units by 22 in Tarai has put the Election Commission (EC) in an uncomfortable position as it was preparing for holding the second phase of local polls on June 14.
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Indigenous communities have protested the government’s categorisation of many ethnic groups as minorities stating that the move could deprive them of the rights and privileges they are entitled to.
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