The Election Commission (EC) in Nepal yesterday called a meeting of five political parties and apprised them of the preparations, programmes, and processes of the February 7 National Assembly (NA) elections. CPN (UML) leader Subash Chandra Nembang after the meeting confirmed that the EC briefed the political parties on the poll programmes and processes. “The incumbent government will temporarily name the capitals of the seven provinces as per the constitution and laws. I believe that a political consensus will be reached on the matter,” he said. A total of 2,056 local and provincial representatives will vote in the NA polls.
More than a month after the Left Alliance, a coalition of two communist parties, secured an absolute majority in elections to Nepal’s federal parliament and assemblies in six of the seven provinces, the formation of new governments continues to be in limbo.
The hand-over of power has become an increasingly difficult affair because of constitutional obligations and political bickering, and experts and officials say the new governments at the centre and in the provinces are likely to be formed only after another month.
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