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State and Federation election date to be announced soon: PM Deuba

State and Federation election date to be announced soon: PM Deuba Kathmandu, July 21: Prime Minister and Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba has said all the three levels of election were imperative for the implementation of the constitution and that the date for the election of the state and federation would be announced soon. Addressing a programme organized by the Society for Democratic Thinking today to commemorate the 35th memorial day of the popular leader the late BP Koirala, PM Deuba underlined the need of conducting all the three levels of elections within the time frame stipulated by the constitution. "The election constituency delimitation commission has been constituted on Thursday only in preparation for the state and federation elections," he said, adding that two rounds of the local-level elections have already been held while the third phase local election for Province 2 is due on September 18. He was of the view that the federal democratic republic would be stabilized only after the conduction of the three-tier elections in the stipulated timeframe. The Prime Minister, who is also the Nepali Congress president, stated that as the largest and the oldest democratic party in the country it was incumbent upon the Nepali Congress to transform the parties yet to change themselves in democratic parties to do so. Nepali Congress leader Arjun Narsingh KC expressed concern over the growing culture of power-sharing among the political parties rather than respecting the knowledge and skills of an individual while …

RPP to support the constitution amendment proposal

RPP to support the constitution amendment proposal Kathmandu, July 21: The Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) is to support the constitution amendment proposal registered at the Legislature-Parliament. The party central working committee (CWC) meeting that ran for three days from Wednesday took a decision to this effect. The meeting, deciding to adjust the party organisations at all 744 local levels, handed the responsibility of taking a decision on whether to join the government to its central work execution committee. The party concluded that its defeat in the local-level election was due to inability to take the party agenda to the every local unit effectively. The meeting demanded the government to print the image of Prithvi Narayan Shah, the unifier of modern Nepal, on currency notes so as to 'promote' the feeling of national unity among the Nepalis. Endorsing the political report presented by party chair Kamal Thapa, report on the comments of the local-level election by general secretary Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan and the report on party organisational structure and future strategy tabled by party another general secretary Jayant Chand, it has constituted an election mobilisation committee for the Province 2 under the convenorship of party vice chair Buddhiman Tamang. However, party senior leader Pashupati Shamser Rana abstained throughout the meeting. The meeting, pledging to establish party principles in line with the constitution at the backdrop of the country's main law adopting the worldwide democratic practices, …

Congress’ candidates elected in top two posts in Biratnagar

Congress’ candidates elected in top two posts in Biratnagar Biratnagar, July 9: Nepali Congress candidates have been elected to the top two posts of the Biratnagar Metropolitan City in the second phase of the local level polls. NC's mayoral candidate, Bhim Parajuli, garnered 23, 031 votes against 17, 322 votes obtained by his closest contestant Binod Kumar Dhakal from CPN (UML) to win the election. Umesh Yadav from Federal Socialist Forum Nepal trailed behind with 14, 958 votes under his belt.   In the deputy mayor's post, Indira Karki garnered 20,146 votes to win the election. Her closest contestant, Namita Neupane, from CPN (Maoist Centre) mustered 11, 524 votes. Nepal Loktantrik Forum's Suchi Chaudhary trailed behind with 10, 536 votes. In 19 wards of the city, NC has been elected in ward no 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 16. The Federal Socialist Forum candidates have been elected in ward no 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 whereas CPN (UML) registered victories in ward no 2, 5 and 11. The CPN (Maoist Centre) has been elected to head ward no 6 whereas an independent candidate has been elected the chair of ward no 10. …

Hearing on Bharatpur vote count deferred until Monday

Hearing on Bharatpur vote count deferred until Monday Kathmandu, July 7: Hearing on Bharatpur vote counting dispute was postponed until Monday as the Supreme Court failed to conclude the hearing today. A joint bench of justices Mira Khadka and Anil Kumar Sinha responded to the writ in relation to the issue filed by advocate Tulasi Pandey and CPN-UML candidate for Bharatpur Metropolitan City-19 Gunjan Man BK. The writ is against the Election Commission's decision to hold re-elections in the metropolis-19 after the vote counting halted following the tearing of ballot papers during the vote count. Earlier, a joint bench of acting Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli and Justice Hari Krishna Karki heard the issue and delivered a verdict asking for bringing torn up ballot papers. Acting on the verdict, the torn ballot papers were presented before the Court on June 27. Likewise, the first round of the hearing conducted by a single bench of Justice Cholendra Shamsher Junga Bahadur Rana also issued a verdict against the EC's direction to organise re-polls in the metropolis. …

EC evaluating local elections: Chief Commissioner Yadav

EC evaluating local elections: Chief Commissioner Yadav Kathmandu, July 7: Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has said that the commission was evaluating its managerial and other kinds of works during the first and second round of local elections. Speaking in a programme organized to make the preliminary report of election monitoring public here today, Yadav said so. The General Election Observation Committee (GEOC), National Election Observation Committee (NEOC) among other monitoring agencies, have prepared the preliminary report of these two elections. Yadav added that the elections remained historical due to notable participation of people despite the various problems. Chief Commissioner Yadav further expected cooperation and support for upcoming provincial and federal elections from all sides. Yadav urged the government to fix the date of provincial election towards the last week of Nepali month Asoj and federal election in the first week of the Nepali month Mansir. Dr Yadav shared that Rs 5.54 billion was spent so far in first and second rounds of elections, adding that the remaining three billion rupees allocated for the elections was sent back to the government. The commission has clarified that the EC had not received any support and grants from foreigners in any topic under elections. Speaking in the same programme GEOC chair Himalaya Shamsher Rana said that the election remained fair, free and peaceful despite normal disputes and clash. NEOC chair Surya Prasad Shrestha shared that the …

Fresh landslide blocks Narayangadh – Muglin route

Fresh landslide blocks Narayangadh – Muglin route Chitwan, June 25: The Narayangadh – Muglin route has been struck by a fresh landslide which occurred at 3 pm this afternoon blocking vehicular movement. Earlier, the road stretch, which was blocked by the landslide from 9:00 pm on Saturday night, was resumed after 11 hours. District Police Office Chief, Deepak Thapa, said the landslide struck the same location where an earlier landslip had swept away a police van and a truck on Friday morning. The police personnel searching for their colleagues in the Trishuli river section of the route ran for their lives when the earth gave way this afternoon. …

RJP reiterates it won’t take part in election

RJP reiterates it won’t take part in election Kathmandu, June 11: The federal alliance of the Rastriya Janata Party (RJP) has reiterated that it would not take part in the second round of local level election, reasoning its demands were not addressed. The alliance meeting held today announced the third round of protest programmes targeting to disrupt the election. Organizing a press conference, the alliance said it was organizing the protest programmes ranging from sit-in, rally, demonstration and general shutdown. However, the alliance said it would come to consensus politics its demands were addressed. Meanwhile, in a bid to bring the agitating alliance on board, the government had rescheduled the second round of local level election. Also, the parliament passed the amendment bill on Act relating to political parties with majority today itself. …

Federal Socialist Forum to support Deuba

Federal Socialist Forum to support Deuba Kathmandu, June 4: Federal Socialist Forum Nepal is to support Nepali Congress President, Sher Bahadur Deuba in the election of the prime minister. A Parliamentary Party meeting held today decided to vote in favour of Deuba in the election. Co-Chairman of the forum, Rajendra Shrestha, told the Rastriya Samachar Samiti that the party decided to support Deuba after NC President Deuba expressed commitment to resolve problems including constitution amendment after formation of the government under his leadership. He said, "We decided to vote for NC President Deuba as 40th Prime Minister of the country as per the commitment to address our demands. We will decide about our participation in the government at the right time." The Forum has now 15 lawmakers represented in the parliament. …

RPP to support Deuba’s candidacy to new PM

RPP to support Deuba’s candidacy to new PM Kathmandu, June 4: The Rastriya Prajatantra Party has decided to support Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba's candidacy to the post of the Prime Minister. The parliamentary party meeting took this decision this afternoon. The meeting also formed a dialogue committee under the convenorship of party general secretary Jayanta Chanda to hold talks with Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) regarding participation in the new government. The RPP has 37 lawmakers in the parliament. …

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