Govt to formally urge EC to make preparations for local poll
Kathmandu- The government is to formally request the Election Commission to make necessary preparation for holding the local poll.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers decided Thursday to write the EC, urging it to start preparations for the election of local bodies. The existing law grants the final authority of announcing the election date to the government. The government can consult the EC before announcing the date for the election.
In the aftermath of the promulgation of the federal republic constitution in the country, it is yet to be determined on which structure (a new as per the constitution or the existing one) the local poll will be held.
The government is to urge the EC to start preparations for the poll when the ruling partners and the main opposition CPN (UML) are demanding the announcement of poll date.
On the other hand, the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) which is unhappy with the some provisions of the constitution, is pressing the government to go for the election only after the finalisation of the constitution amendment proposal tabled in the Parliament.
The country has the constitutional deadline for holding the three-tier election in less than a year.
Spokesperson for the Government Surendra Kumar Karki has said a ministerial-level taskforce has been constituted to give suggestion to the government about set criteria and given mandate to the Local Level Restructuring Commission (LLRC) and complaints regarding the report mainly on the Province No. 2.
The Committee is assigned to complete the task within two weeks. It is headed by Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Hitraj Pandey and comprises Minister for Supplies Deepak Bohara and Minister for Industry Nabindra Raj Joshi.
The government is expected to announce the election date and the question over the local-level or local body will be made cleared only after the submission of the taskforce report.
The LLRC headed by former Secretary Balananda Poudel had presented its report proposing for a total 719 local units last month. Discussions are being held whether the report of the Commission constituted as per the constitution could be revised.
The meeting has promoted Shishir Dhungana to the post of Secretary and Yam Kumari Khatiwada to the post of Acting Secretary, appointing Joint Secretary Rabi Bhattarai of Nepal Administration as the Consulate General to Guangzhou of China and agreeing to form a taskforce to study about the possibility of increasing capital expenditure. RSS