The government has decided to officially communicate to the Election Commission to make necessary preparations for conducting local bodies’ elections in the third or fourth week of May. A Cabinet meeting held this evening took a decision to formally write tomorrow to the Election Commission to do the groundwork for conducting elections for village councils and municipalities between May 14 and 24, according to Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Karki. “With this decision, uncertainty about elections has been put to rest,” Karki added.
Minister for Industry Nabindra Raj Joshi told The Himalayan Times that the exact poll dates would be announced later after addressing the concerns of Madhesi parties and acting on complaints against reports prepared by the Local Bodies’ Restructuring Committee.
Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav told this daily that the government’s decision to send a written letter to the EC urging it to make preparations for the polls would make EC’s task easier. He, however, added that it would have been better had the poll dates been announced.
Full Article: Polls likely before May 24.