2074, a year of elections

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Nov 26, 2017-The year 2074 in the lunar calendar will be remembered as the year of elections for Nepal, with all three tiers of polls being held within eight months. 

It is also the first time in the country’s history that so many elections have been held in a single year. The local level elections are over while the provincial and federal polls start on Sunday. 

The three tiers of elections are being held since Nepal adopted a new federal structure with the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal two years ago. The new constitution required all the three levels of government elected within two years.

The first vote began in the first Nepali month of Baisakh. It was held in later phases in Asar and Asoj, laying the foundation for the elections to the House of Representatives and the provincial assemblies, which are being held in the month of Mangsir. All the three elections will be held in a span of eight months.

The two elections are being held simultaneously but in two phases. The first round polling is takes place on Sunday in 32 districts of the upper region. Election is being held for the 37 constituencies of the House of Representatives and 74 constituencies of the provincial assemblies.

The second-phase polling takes place on December 7 in 45 districts of the Tarai and the Hills. Contests for a total of 128 seats of the House and 256 of the provincial assemblies are being held in the second phase. 

The first municipal elections in Nepal were held in Bhadau, 2010 BS after the establishment of democracy in 2007 BS as a result of the Rana oligarchy being overthrown. It was, however, not based on adult franchise but on the constitution drafted during the tenure of prime minister Padma Shumsher Rana, former chief election commissioner Surya Prasad Shrestha said. 

The first parliamentary elections were held on Falgun 7, 2015BS. Nine political parties were in the race for 109 seats. The Nepali Congress had won a two-thirds majority.

Published: 26-11-2017 07:46

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