EC holds discussion with govt regarding local polls in Province 2

KATHMANDU: The Election Commission on Saturday held discussions with the government officials on the local level elections scheduled for September 18 in Province 2.

The Commission Spokesperson Surya Prasad Sharma shared that the discussions were mainly focused on the verdict of the Supreme Court approving the Council of Minister's decision regarding increasing the number and holding the local level elections in Province 2.

The discussion also made a decision that the related government bodies would carry out the works under their responsibility including management of employees at the local levels in Province 2 vigorously once the copy of the Supreme Court verdict was received.

It has been learned that the number of local levels in Province 2 might increase by nine after the court decision.

There are a total of 127 local levels in this province. However, the major political parties are yet to agree on this.

With the Supreme Court decision, the Commission would now have to carry out additional works related to preparing the voters list, the voters identity card and human resources management at the local level which have been added.

The permanent address of many voters would be changed with the increase in the number of local levels.

The commission has already printed the ballots required for the third phase local level election in the province before this.

Election commissioners Narendra Dahal, Ishwari Prasad Poudyal and Sudhir Kumar Shah, the secretaries at the Ministry of General Administration and the Ministry of Law, and the joint secretary at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development were present in the meeting.