3 elections in next 14 months unlikely, says Chief Election Commissioner

RAJBIRAJ: Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav has stated that the possibility of holding elections at all three levels within next 14 months as required by the Constitution is decreasing.

Speaking at a press conference organised by Rajbiraj-based District Election Office in Saptari, Yadav said apathy and lack of commitment from the ruling parties regarding the issues has minimised the possibility of holding local, provincial and federal elections on time.

“Elections were promised since late Sushil Koirala’s premiership. But, it has been limited to words only.”

The new Constitution promulgated in September 2015 requires that the elections should be held by January 2018.

Stating that "we can expect the unexpected regarding the political affairs in Nepal", Yadav, however, said the dates could be decided overnight as well.

Stating that elections are a must to make public realise the importance of republic, he informed that three elections-related bills had already been tabled in the Parliament and discussions were underway.