Election at all levels by Dec 2017: PM Oli

Kathmandu, June 15

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today said the government would hold polls for all three levels  federal parliament, provincial parliament and local bodies by mid-December 2017.

Addressing the annual function of Public Service Commission, PM Oli said that the government would hold local polls by mid-December this year, provincial polls by May 2017 and the elections of federal legislature by December 2017.

The process of enacting laws for local polls is under way, Oli said.

“Since the government is working with the goal of holding all three levels of elections by December 2017, there should not be any doubt about the first phase of implementation of the constitution,” Oli said.

Prime Minister Oli said that all three levels’ of elections cannot be held simultaneously. The transition will end within the period stipulated in the new constitution, he said.

The new elected federal parliament will be in place by January 21, 2018 as mentioned in the constitution.

Oli expressed concern about increased tendency among some political forces not to support the government in implementing the constitution .

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari urged all concerned to focus their efforts on implementing the new constitution.