Kathmandu, May 17: The main opposition CPN-UML has reiterated its demand to hold the second phase of local level elections without any alteration to the number of local level units.
The standing committee meeting of the party chaired by Chairperson KP Sharma Oli on Wednesday decided to draw serious attention of the Election Commission and the government towards holding the second phase of local elections soon, as per the approved report on demarcation and naming of the local level units.
It may be noted that the government has formed a task force led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development Bijaya Kumar Gachchadar to review the number of local level units, so as to address the demand of the Tarai-centric parties and thereby ensure their participation in the second round of local elections.
The second phase of elections in province no. 1, 2, 5 and 7 is scheduled to be held on coming June 14. The Legislature-Parliament is meeting on Thursday following the first round of elections held on May 14.
Meanwhile, the party has also demanded formation of a parliamentary probe committee to investigate the incidents of violence that took place in Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk, Dhading, Kavre, Rasuwa, Humla, Rukum, Nuwakot, Makwanpur, Ramechhap among other in the lead up to the elections. It has also protested against what it called misuse of state power and resources by the ruling parties to bring the election results in their favour, as stated in a statement released by party Secretary Yogesh Bhattarai.
Expressing happiness over enthusiastic participation of people in first round of local-level elections and its achievement received so far, the CPN (UML) has also extended gratitude to all voters who cast their votes to elect their representatives.
The party has also stressed that the local-level election has approved the new constitution and has provided further basis for constitution implementation.
Also, the CPN (UML) has demanded that the government build political consensus to implement the constitution and to hold three-tiers of election on the slated date by withdrawing the impeachment motion filed against Chief Justice Sushila Karki and constitution amendment proposal, as both were insignificant.
The party also expressed happiness over Nepal's signing of the agreement on 'One Belt One Road' project as the continuity of initiatives taken by erstwhile government for the country's participation in the project initiated under the leadership of China.
The CPN (UML) has expressed the belief that the project would provide boost economic development of Nepal as well as would help to take Nepal to the international forum. (RSS)
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