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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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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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The government has identified potential boycott by the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal, activities of the Communist Party of Nepal led by Netra Bikram Chand and the open border with India among the security threats for the second phase of local level elections scheduled for June 14.
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When results of the local level elections will be out in coming days, 283 local units, including four metropolises, will have elected representatives after a gap of 15 years.
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