Counting soon after May 14 polls

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 9, 2017-Top leaders of major parties have agreed to start vote counting immediately after the conclusion of first phase of elections on May 14. Earlier, there were differences among parties, with some calling for counting only after the second phase of elections on June 14. The first phase of polls will be held in 34 districts of three provinces—3, 4 and 6—on May 14.  At a meeting of the major parties at Baluwatar on Monday, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli had pressed for starting vote counting immediately after the first phase of polls. A leader of the ruling party said that immediate start of vote counting will help build pressure to hold the second phase of polls which will take place in four remaining provinces—1, 2, 5 and 7. With the constitution amendment bill failing to move ahead, the agitating Madhes-based parties, majority of which are not participating in the first phase of polls, have drawn the government’s attention to the delay. The agitating parties, which had earlier announced to boycott elections, had agreed to come on board poll process after the government’s assurance that it will amend the constitution. (PR)

Published: 09-05-2017 07:58

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