Preparations underway to hold provincial and federal elections in one go: Minister Thapa

KATHMANDU: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Yagya Bahadur Thapa on Saturday said that the government had already started the homework to hold the Provincial Assembly and House of Representatives elections in a row.

Speaking at a programme organised in the Capital today, Minister Thapa also said, “We are in talks with the Election Commission officials to hold both the elections on same day. Preparations for the same are underway.”

“The bills— Bill on Election of Member of House of Representatives-2017 and the Bill on Election of the Member of Provincial Assembly-2017— will soon be passed in the Parliament,” he added.

He, however, said that the feedback of Election Commission would also be necessary to hold the elections.

Minister Thapa further committed to conclude the local, provincial and federal elections by January 21 next year.

He further shared that the Ministry was working to draft the laws regarding full implementation of federalism in the country.

Speaking on a different note, the Law Minister said that the genuine demands of Rastriya Janata Party Nepal would be resolved soon. He further sought the main opposition party CPN UML's support for resolving these issues.

Thapa also explained that there would now be 77 districts in the country after Nawalparasi and Rukum districts were split.