Govt endorses deal with FA, fixes date for second phase of polls

KATHMANDU: The government has endorsed the agreement that the ruling parties forged with the Federal Alliance, and decided to hold the local level elections in four provinces in the second phase on June 14.

The Cabinet's second round of meeting this afternoon took decision to this effect.

Earlier in the morning, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had held consultations with the Election Commission on the matter before holding the Cabinet meeting.

Dahal adjourned the meeting, and went to meet CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli in order the main opposition's support for the constitution amendment as sought by the agitating Madhesi parties and holding the local level elections in two phases.

The first phase of elections will be held in Province No. 3, 4 and 6 on May 31 as scheduled. The Cabinet decided to ask the Election Commission to extend the April 29 deadline for candidacy nomination by a few days.

Province No. 1, 2, 5 and 7 , where the number of local levels will be altered, however, will witness the elections on June 14.

The meeting decided to add representatives from other political parts in the committee, led by DPM Kamal Thapa, to make a decision on the number of local levels that will be increased in the Tarai-Madhes region. Currently, there are Minister Deepak Bohora, Ajaya Shankar Naya and Shankar Bhandari in the committee.

The Cabinet also decided to ask the main opposition to help endorse the constitution amendment bill in order to provide a political way out to the country, according to Information and Communications Minister Surendra Kumar Karki.