Nepal to hold first May 14 as local elections in 20 years, “This is a historic day''

Feb 21, 2017- kathmandu: The government on Monday announced to conduct the local level elections on May 14—after a gap of two decades.

The third Cabinet meeting held in the day took the decision to conduct the local polls in one go after the Election Commission agreed to the date proposed by the government, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal told reporters after the meeting. The local polls were last held in 1997.

The decision follows a long tug of war, infuriating the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, which had been pressing the government to pass the constitution amendment bill tabled in Parliament before declaring the elections. An earlier meeting of the Cabinet had decided to move the bill forward for parliamentary process.

“This is a historic day''

The government is committed to completing the elections,” PM Dahal said after the meeting.

Chiefs of the security agencies had assured the government that the security apparatus was capable of conducting the polls peacefully. The Madhes-based parties announced protest programmes shortly after the Cabinet decision on Monday evening. The Cabinet also decided that the Finance Ministry would release Rs10.29 billion for holding the elections as demanded by the election authority.