KATHMANDU – Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has reached the Election Commission as the constitutional body intensifies preparations to hold midterm polls to elect the House of Representatives.
Prime Minister Oli, who is also the chairman of Nepal Communist Party, reached the Election Commission at 11:45 pm amid preparations of the constitutional body to hold the elections of the House of Representatives.
Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Paudel and NCP Standing Committee Member Subhash Nembwang are also accompanying PM Oli.
Earlier on January 29, the Election Commission had called both rival factions of the NCP to discuss the election preparations and the dispute of the NCP.
While the faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and Madhav Kumar Nepal have already laid claim on the party, Prime Minister Oli was yet to reach the Election Commission.
Both factions led by Prachanda and Oli are claiming that the party they lead is the legitimate NCP. According to a source close to PM Oli, he will inform the Election Commission about the decision the cabinet has taken on Monday on holding elections in two phases.
He will also hold discussions about the preparations for the elections scheduled to be held in two phases in April and May and make claims that the faction he leads is the official NCP.
Earlier on Monday, the cabinet meeting had decided to conduct polls in the first phase in four provinces and three remaining provinces in the second phase.
The cabinet decided to hold elections in Province 2, Gandaki, Lumbini and Sudurpaschim on April 30. Similarly, the government plans to hold elections in Province 1, Bagmati and Karnali on May 10 in the second phase.