KATHMANDU: The Election Commission has summoned both factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) for discussions.

The Commission will be carrying out discussions with representatives from both NCP factions on Friday. Matters related to the mid-term election -- which has been announced for April/May 2021 -- would primarily be referred to in the meeting, among other matters.

Following Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's move to dissolve the House of Representatives (HoR), and announcement of mid-term elections, the ruling party had split into two on December 22.

Both the factions, since then, have remained active in denouncing one another while claiming themselves to be the real NCP.

While one faction of the party is led by PM Oli, the other splinter group has found its leadership in former prime ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal.