Stories Tagged 'Madhesi parties'

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Apr 10 2017

Election preparations have gathered momentum. The Election Commission is on track to complete preparations, although there have been delays in printing ballot papers for Provinces 2 and 5.
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Prime Minister Dahal is under intense pressure to hold local elections on May 14, as scheduled. However, he has been unable to reach an agreement with the Madhesi parties, and this has complicated his plans.
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The Central Working Committee meeting of the Nepali Congress that began in Lalitpur on Sunday stressed that the participation of the Madhes-based parties in the upcoming local level elections should be ensured by addressing their demands.
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development Kamal Thapa has said that the government was working to bring the Madhes-centric parties on board the local level elections to strengthen democracy and to end the existing political crisis.
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The Election Commission on Sunday expressed serious concerns over the absence of consensus among the political parties on the local level elections scheduled for May 14, considering in particular the situation in Province 2, where the Madhes-based parties that have announced to disrupt the polls have strong presence.
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Last week, the government announced the date for local elections. The decision has been generally hailed as an important step in implementing the constitution, as January 21, 2018 has been set as the constitutional deadline for holding elections to all three levels of government.
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