PM inquires EC on possibility of both polls in single phase
KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has inquired about the possibility of holding the election of the members of the State Assemblies and the House of Representatives in a single phase.
During his meeting today with the Election Commission officials-- Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav and Commissioners Narendra Dahal, Ishwari Prasad Poudyal and Sudhir Kumar Saha-- at his office, the head of the government expressed his concern over the issue.
In response, he was apprised that the constitutional deadline for the election was approaching nearer and it seemed difficult to conduct the elections in a single phase in the context when required laws to organise the election and a report of the Electoral Constituency Delimitation Commission were awaited, as stated by EC Spokesperson Surya Prasad Sharma.
The EC high-level delegation informed the Prime Minister that the House of Representatives' election was possible to conduct in the third week of November and they needed more time for further discussions to determine whether both election in a single round was possible or not.
In response, the Prime Minister said an appropriate decision would be taken regarding the announcement of poll dates after holding a meeting with top leaders of three major political parties today itself.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, Chief Secretary Rajendra Kishore Chhetri, OPMCM Secretary Kedar Bahadur Adhikari and EC Secretary Maheshwor Neupane were also present in the meeting.