While Nepal-Dahal faction of NCP has been demanding the restoration of the dissolved parliament, the Election Commission (EC) has geared up preparations for the mid-term elections scheduled for April 30 and May 10.
In an all-party meeting on Sunday, the EC has prepared the preliminary draft on the work-plan, election schedule, and estimated expenses. It has concluded that around NPR 8 billion will be required to hold the elections in two phases. Moreover, the Commission has decided to publish the voter list on January 28.
EC Spokesperson Raj Kumar Shrestha informed that the expenses this time will exceed the previous expenses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the EC, around NPR 7,759,441,000 was spent to hold the federal and provincial elections in 2017. The total expenditure, including expensed on election publicity, voters’ education, security, and materials required, stood at NPR 30 billion.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is still in the process of hearing the writs filed against the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR).
On December 20, 2020, President Bhandari dissolved the HoR on PM Oli’s recommendation, leading to NCP party spilt and protests across the country.
Many writs were filed against the dissolution, claiming that PM Oli’s decision was undemocratic and unconstitutional.
However, PM Oli said that the HoR dissolution was made in line with the constitution and national and international practices.
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