KATHMANDU: The Election Commission has summoned both factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).
As the dates of midterm election approaches closer, the Election Commission has called both KP Sharma Oli-led faction and Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’-led faction for a discussion.
Raj Kumar Shrestha, the Election Commission’s Spokesperson, said that the Commission has called Oli-led and Prachanda-led factions of the NCP for a discussion on Friday as both factions have been claiming that the party they represent is the legitimate NCP and they should be provided the election symbol of Sun.
Earlier last week, the Election Commission had decided to not give legal recognition to the split of the NCP. The Election Commission also stuck down the decision of Prachanda-led faction to elect Madhav Kumar Nepal as well as Oli-led faction’s decision to expand the central committee of the party.
While the NCP has not formally split, both factions continue to run the party in a parallel way.
The decision of Prime Minister KP Oli on December 20 to dissolve the House of Representatives and set dates for midterm elections not only triggered over a dozen of litigations in the Supreme Court but also left the ruling NCP on the brink of a split.
The Election Commission has been making preparations to hold midterm elections on April 30 and May 10 as announced by the government.