Leaders of left alliance - the
CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist Centre - met office bearers of the
EC and demanded that results of the PR election be announced immediately.
PMO prepared directives and by-laws for running
provincial parliaments and Governments, defining the role of provincial
chiefs (Governors). Sources said that the Government is set to
appoint Governors and announce the temporary capitals of the seven
provinces in a Cabinet meeting on January 4.
The Government proposed temporary headquarters
for all seven provinces, from which administrative works of the
respective provinces will be carried out for the time being.
CPN-Maoist Centre leaders during the headquarters
meeting of the party Centre urged the party leadership to ensure
that Pushpa Kamal Dahal becomes a powerful chief of the unified
party if CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli is appointed the Prime
||Reiterating its position, the EC said
that it cannot announce the results of the House of Representatives
elections under the PR category before the NA elections.
An all-party meeting called by Prime Minister
Sher Bahadur Deuba to finalize the announcement of NA election
date, appointment of province chiefs and declaration of temporary
provincial headquarters failed to reach consensus.
Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
Yagya Bahadur Thapa said preparations are underway to introduce
an ordinance to extend the terms of TRC and CIEDP.
CPN-Maoist Centre Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal
stated that the process of forming the new Government would move
ahead after the NA election.
The Government decided to hold the NA election
on February 7. A meeting of the Council of Ministers held at Prime
Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's official residence in Baluwatar
took a decision to this effect, said Minister for Finance Gyanendra
The Government decided to extend the tenure of
CIEDP and TRC by a year. A decision to this effect was taken in
a meeting of the Cabinet. Terms of TRC and CIEDP end on February
TRC's office in Province-1 has failed to meet
its target in investigating the complaints related to the serious
human rights violation during the Maoist insurgency. "The Commission
had been entrusted with the investigation of 1,207 cases in the
first phase but as there were elections one after another, we
have so far investigated only 285 cases and sent them back to
the commission's central office," Investigation expert Mina Sedain
||CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and CPN-Maoist
Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal held talks and agreed to intensify
their efforts to unify their two parties.
EC said that delay in naming Governors may affect
the NA election. The EC, which is preparing for the election scheduled
for February 7, plans to publish the voter list on January 21.
EC proposed to use four types of ballot papers
of two colors in the NA election slated for February 7.
Government recommended Governors of the seven
provinces and named seven temporary provincial workstations.
EC announced the winners of the PA elected under
the PR. Altogether 220 members of PA have been elected under PR
CEC Ayodhee Prasad Yadav inaugurating the election
operation and management training organized for election officers,
assistant election officers, and District election officers to
be deputed in NA election in Kathmandu said that no one should
carry out activities that would hamper the NA election.
CPN-UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli in a press conference
organized at the Tribhuvan International Airport upon his arrival
from regular health check-up in Thailand said that the new Government
would reconsider the Governors of the seven provinces and names
of seven temporary provincial workstations recommended by the
HRW in its World Report 2018 released said that
the Conflict victims are yet to get justice in Nepal.
||CPN-UML Chairman K P Sharma Oli and
CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal expedited negotiations
on power-sharing in the new Government and party unification.
In a significant move toward implementing the
federal set up as envisioned by the new constitution promulgated
in September 2015, the newly-elected members of the provincial
assemblies in all seven provinces took the oath of office and
As part of holding the upper house election slated
for February 7, the EC made public the name list of voters who
will elect 56 members of the 59-member upper house of federal
NC, RJP-N and FSF-N forged an alliance for the
upcoming election of NA scheduled for February 7. In a meeting
held at Baluwatar with the NC, the leaders from RJP-N and FSF-N
have agreed to make the alliance for the election.
83 candidates filed their nominations for the
NA elections scheduled for February 7. The voters will elect 56
members in the 59-member NA through a secret ballot, while three
are appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Government,
according to the constitution.
Amid criticism for failing to investigate war-era
cases of disappearance, the CIEDP proposed NR 2 million for the
families of persons who have yet to be traced since they disappeared
during the Maoist insurgency.
Speaking at a press conference at CPN-UML's headquarters
in Kathmandu, CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli, said the new Government
would review all the decisions taken by the caretaker Government
and revoke the ones that could be against the constitution, law
and national interest.
CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli said in Pokhara
that he was ready to amend the constitution. He, however, added
that he would not support any attempt to divide hills and Madhes.
All the eight candidates for NA were elected unanimously
in Province 2. Ramprit Yadav and Pramila Yadav from FSF-N; Brisesh
Chandra Lal and Ramesh Yadav from RJP-N; Mukta Yadav and Jitendra
Dev from NC; Suman Pyakurel from CPN-UML and Sashikala Dahal from
CPN-Maoist Centre were elected from Province 2.
The left alliance partners agreed to share posts
of Chief Ministers, provincial speakers and deputy speakers as
per the deal reached between CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and
CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
FSF-N Chairman Upendra Yadav said that if the
left alliance agreed to amend the constitution, his party could
join the Government.
CPN-UML leader Pradeep Gyawali said that chances
of amending the constitution to address the demands of the Madhes-based
parties are slim in the near future.
24 members have been elected unopposed to NA from
seven provincial assemblies as no other contender filed nominations
for those seats or some of the contenders withdrew their nominations.
Presidium Member of RJP-N Rajendra Mahato at
an interaction programme organized in the capital, Kathmandu said
that his party would not join the Government of the left alliance.
Nine days before the end of their three-year tenure,
TRC and CIEDP requested the Government for another extension of
CPN-UML Publicity Department Chief Yogesh Bhattarai
speaking at a press conference organized by Press Chautari Sunsari
Chapter in Dharan city of Sunsari District said that the proposed
unification between CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre can't be defined
Following assurances from top political leaders
that they will 'extend every possible support' in the investigation
process, the CIEDP wrote to the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction,
seeking extension of its tenure by one year as provisioned in
the ordinance authenticated by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari
on January 19.
EC has printed 10,000 ballot papers for the NA
election slated for February 7. There are 2,055 NA election voters
- 1,505 chiefs and deputy chiefs of 753 local levels and 550 provincial
The first ever meeting of the PA was held at
the headquarters of Province 3 in Hetauda.
A meeting of the CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre
Party Unification Coordination Committee led by CPN-UML Chairman
KP Sharma Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal
1 failed to reach any conclusion on unification.
Three days after Province 3 held its first assembly
meeting, Province 2, 5, 6 and 7 held their first assembly meetings.
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari intensified her
efforts to effect unification between the CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist
Centre suggesting that CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli could be
the Prime Minister and CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal
Dahal could be the unified party's chairman.
Cabinet extended the tenure of two transitional
justice mechanisms - the TRC and the CIEDP - by one year.
Cabinet meeting also decided to bestow martyr
status on security personnel serving in Nepali Army, Nepal Police,
Armed Police Force or National Investigation Bureau, civil servants
and government teachers killed during the 10-year armed conflict.
NHRC unveiling an 11-point recommendation concerning
transitional justice asked the Government to come up with a law
criminalizing conflict-era torture and enforced disappearance
so as to prevent a situation of conflict-era victims seeking justice
through international institutions.
Election for the NA held in six provinces with
52 candidates vying for 32 seats. Voting will took place between
10am and 3pm. Voting was not required in Province 2 where all
eight candidates have been elected unopposed. EC said the NA polls
were held in a peaceful and enthusiastic atmosphere in six provinces
with 99.52 per cent voter turnout.
EC unveiled the final result of the NA election
held on February 7. According to the EC, the CPN-UML won 27 NA
seats, the NC won 13, the CPN-Maoist Centre 12 and the RJP-N and
the FSF-N won two seats each.
CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal
held talks with CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and urged him to
settle issues related to unification of the two parties before
forming the new Government.
EC announced the PR seats won by the parties in
the HoR more than two months since the federal and provincial
elections were held. The CPN-UML received 41 seats, followed by
the NC's 40, the CPN-Maoist Centre's 17, and six each of the RJP-N
and the FSF-N among the 110 seats for PR in the HoR.
In Dailekh District, the assailants detonated
the IED at the dam site of the Upper Karnali Hydropower Project
at Dab. In Sankhuwasabha District, an unidentified group of assailants
detonated an IED in an under-construction powerhouse of Arun-III
Hydropower Project. There were no human casualties in both the
incidents, said Police. However, walls and security check posts
were damaged in both the incidents.
EC submitted the result of the NA election to
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
CPN-UML leaders offered to make CPN-Maoist Centre
Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal the Prime Minister for two-and-a-half
years after CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli completes two-and-a-half
years as Prime Minister.