Nepal | June 16, 2019

PM’s Maoist party satisfied over local election results

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Pushpa Kamal Dahal at CPN Maoist Centre Central Office meeting

CPN Maoist Centre Chairman and PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal chairs the party’s Central Office meeting at his official residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Courtesy: PM’s Secretariat

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s party CPN Maoist Centre reviewed its performance in the local level elections held in 34 districts and expressed satisfaction over the results.

A meeting of the party headquarters, held at the PM’s official residence in Baluwatar today, concluded that the results were expected given the state of party organisation, which it said was unsystematic despite unification.

Elections were held in 283 local levels in the first phase on May 14.

So far the Maoist candidates have won elections for the position of mayor and chair in as many as 46 local units as results of 272 have been made public. The CPN-UML on the other side has won the leadership of 116 local units, and the Nepali Congress 103.

Results of 11 units are awaited.

The Maoist headquarters observed that the party could perform better in the upcoming provincial and federal elections in 50 more units where the party candidates lost the race by a narrow margin.

In the meeting, Maoist Chairman and Prime Minister Dahal noted that it was Maoist party’s win to successfully hold the elections in order to “decentralise Singhadarbar’s power to people’s courtyards” and making the local levels powerful.

Party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said the meeting has decided to formulate an action plan and select candidates from the party at the earliest for the second phase of local election slated for June 14 in the remaining 41 districts.

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