With the second round of the local elections now just 23 days away, major political parties in Province-1 are almost done finalizing their candidates to compete in various positions of their local units. Motivated by the overwhelming participation of voters in the first round of the elections, parties are working with full energy to finalize their candidates so that they will have more time to prepare for the fierce and competitive elections ahead. Province-1, which consists of 14 districts, will hold the elections for its 1,157 ward members. The upcoming election slated for June 14 will elect a total of 137 mayors, deputy mayors and rural municipality chiefs from this province, which has 2,674,563 eligible voters. Election Officers of the districts in the province has fixed 1,862 polling centers, according to Regional Election Office, Biratnagar.
Political parties have reached the final phase of selecting the candidates also because of the pressure from their aspiring candidates. As not much time is left, aspiring candidates have been demanding their parties to make the decisions on time so that they can start their election preparations if they win the ticket.
“A meeting of our party held in Morang on May 19 has directed ward, municipal and regional committees to finalize recommendations of our candidates by May 24,” informed Deg Bahadur Limbu, president of Morang district chapter of Nepali Congress (NC). “As per the instruction, we are speeding up the process and will submit the recommendations to the central office by the set deadline.”