Kathmandu, Aug 24: The first ever parliamentary elections in Nepal following the abolition of monarchy is slated for November 26. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba made the announcement ahead of his bilateral visit to India. The polls are in line as per the constitutional requirement to form an elected Parliament before January 21, 2018.
The Madehsis, ethnic minority living in southern region of Nepal bordering with India, have agreed to participate in the polls despite their key concerns yet to be addressed by the government. The Constitutional Amenent Bill moved in the Parliament last week to grant Madhesis more share in the Central Government failed to secure the majority votes.
According to Hridayesh Tripathi, a Madhesi leader, the demands of their community would be raised in a rigorous manner ahead of the polls, and following it. He, however, assured his party would not be calling for a poll boycott as the legislative elections is one of the most landmark moment in the Nepal’s democratic history, following the abolition of 239-year-old monarchy.
Meanwhile, the third and final phase.of Nepal local body elections would be conducted as per the schedule on September 18.
The incumbent Nepali government was chosen through the election to the Constituent Assembly in 2013. The Nepali Congress is the single largest party under the current setup, with 105 seats. Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) is the second-largest party with 91 seats, followed by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) with 26 members in the Constituent Assembly.