By Narayan Neupane, KATHMANDU:- The government announced local level elections for coming May 13. It will be held in a single phase as per the decision taken by a meeting of the Council of Ministers today.
It may be noted that the Election Commission had recommended the government to hold the election in one phase on May 18. The EC had also advised the government not to make any significant changes in the election law to hold the election on time.
This is the second time that local level elections are taking place under the federal structure adopted along with the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal in 2015.
The first-ever civic poll of Federal Democratic Republic Nepal following the promulgation of Nepal Constitution by epochal Constituent Assembly (CA) was held in three phases. The local election took place on May 14, June 28 and September 18 of the year 2017.
In the election held to devolve the unitary power to the people’s doorstep through local government, some 57 political parties had taken part while only 18 parties had their representation at local level. A total of 35,041 people’s representatives, including 233 independent were elected in the civic poll.
Out of a total of 14,074,424 number of voters determined, 10,489,204 voters (74.53 percent) had cast their votes in the election.
According to the Election Commission, 148,364 candidates, including 83,836 male, 56,427 female, two third gender and 8, 097 independent (6,682 male and 1415 female) from different political parties had participated in the election.
The country has 753 local level governments, including six metropolis, 12 sub-metropolis, 275 municipalities and 460 rural municipalities and 6,743 wards. RSS
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