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LDOs asked to Determine size of DCCs (kp 27/06/2017)

Clashes, blasts raise security concerns: Such incidents could result in low voter turnout during polls: Experts (kp 27/06/2017), Light to moderate rains expected on voting day (kp 27/06/2017), EC ‘not acting tough’ on election code violators (kp 27/06/2017), 250,000 leave Valley for vote (kp 27/06/2017), Surge in outbound traffic from capital (ht 27/06/2017), United States, UK appeal for peaceful polls (kp 27/06/2017), Poll officials to accept govt IDs from voters (kp 27/06/2017), Observers charge EC lost its independence (kp 27/06/2017), Voter education ‘ineffective’ in Siddharthanagar, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 27/06/2017), IED detonated at house of UML candidate (kp 27/06/2017), EC urges govt to discipline Mainali (ht 27/06/2017), Security stepped up in Province 7: One bomb disposal team has been deployed a every local level (ht 27/06/2017), 10,630 yet to receive voters’ ID in Morang (ht 27/06/2017), EC to tighten preventive measures against ballot tearing, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 27/06/2017), Thin security presence spawns worry in Dang during polls, by Devendra Basnet (rep 27/06/2017), Nepalgunj voters want haphazard development to stop, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 27/06/2017)

Is UML Reconsidering Its Position?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 26/06/2017)

No measures to reduce invalid votes: Observers (kp 26/06/2017), Only fresh voter ID cards to be accepted: Those issued during 2013 CA polls, citizenship cards, passports, driving licences or land certificates won’t work unless the EC decides otherwise (kp 26/06/2017), Three missions permitted to watch polls (kp 26/06/2017), Silence period on (kp 26/06/2017), 7 injured in explosion during Maoist Centre’s election rally (kp 26/06/2017), Migrant workers returning home for elections, by Khagendra Awasthi (kp 26/06/2017), Prez approves Army mobilisation for second phase of local polls (ht 26/06/2017), Code of conduct violations rife in Bajura (ht 26/06/2017), Big parties fooling voters with conflicting promises (rep 26/06/2017), Ex-Kamaiyas to vote for candidates who will address their demands, by Balkrishna Adhikari and Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 26/06/2017), Nepal-India border closed for elections (rep 26/06/2017), All parties have their eye on landless voters in Dharan, by Durga Dulal and Rohit Rai (rep 26/06/2017) [They will forget this with the closing of the polling stations!]

Cheated and silenced, the voters in the Terai will go to the polls with a heavy heart, by Anurag Acharya (The Record 25/06/2017)

Minority groups flay parties for ignoring them (kp 25/06/2017), Brush with controversies may weaken EC’s teeth: Vehicle purchase plan, call details of staffers among other issues in question (kp 25/06/2017), Not against polls: RJP-N (kp 25/06/2017), Bibeksheel Party gunning for 2nd round vote: The party is running for mayor and deputy mayor in Baitadi, Kailali and Kanchanpur districts (kp 25/06/2017), 51 election candidates over 80 years of age (ht 25/06/2017), Madhes-based parties likely to give tough fight to Big III in Morang (ht 25/06/2017), 3 communities will decide Nepalgunj poll result, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 25/06/2017), RJPN brass campaign for party's independent candidates, by Sher Bahadur KC (rep 25/06/2017), Voter ID card distribution begins today (rep 25/06/2017), Tea estate workers lament 'use and throw' policy of political parties, by Raju Adhikari (rep 25/06/2017), Leaders only visit us during elections: Locals (rep 25/06/2017) [!!]

Rejected blue ink to be used in vote again (kp 24/06/2017), CEC Yadav plays down EC secy’s transfer (ht 24/06/2017), Old faces competing for mayoral post in Gulmi, by Shiva Lal Subedi (rep 24/06/2017), Maoist Center lures voters with sample land ownership certificates in Dharan, by Rohit Rai (rep 24/06/2017)

Costly Election Boycott, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 23/06/2017), No political pressure on EC: Yadav (kp 23/06/2017), Mayoral candidates vow to rejuvenate Biratnagar, by Madhav Ghimire and Binod Bhandari (kp 23/06/2017), EC likely to bar party reps from touching ballot papers (ht 23/06/2017), 32 Doti polling centres sensitive (ht 23/06/2017), 66 polling stations highly sensitive in Kanchanpur, 18 in Palpa (ht 23/06/2017), NHRC to monitor elections in 35 districts on June 28 (ht 23/06/2017), Polling Together: Two years after bloody clashes, Tikapur is trying to bury the past to hold local elections, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 23/06/2017), Polls apart (nt 23/06/2017), Factors that could sway Butwal city polls, by Roshan Sedhai and Sher Bahadur KC (rep 23/06/2017), Big parties woo Tharu voters in Tikapur, by Balkrishna Adhikari and Yogesh Rawal (rep 23/06/2017)

EC secy transferred after row over purchase of cars, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 23/06/2017), Election commissioners scramble to defend move (kp 24/06/2017)

Fringe parties' survival at stake with rise in political opportunism, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 23/06/2017)

Setting a bad precedent: Postponing elections is a terrible habit, it will weaken Nepal’s democracy, by Damakant Jayshi (nt 23/06/2017)

The baffled voters: Effective voter education programmes are necessary to reduce the number of invalid ballots, by Umesh Raj Regmi (kp 23/06/2017)

Second Round Poll: Success Will Prevail, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 22/06/2017), Achham’s female candidates for compulsory girl child education, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 22/06/2017), Central leaders busy in election campaigns (kp 22/06/2017), Election Commission clueless about number of contestants (ht 22/06/2017), EC deploys 75 undercover officials for phase II election (ht 22/06/2017), Dalits of Bajura village cannot vote freely (ht 22/06/2017)

EC assigns election symbols to candidates (kp 21/06/2017), EC publishes final list of nominees (ht 21/06/2017), NHRC to step up vigilance (kp 21/06/2017), 4 APF AIGs in election security visit (kp 21/06/2017), 7 held for anti-election activities (kp 21/06/2017), SC directs EC to produce torn ballot (kp 21/06/2017), SC asks EC to submit ‘original decision’ over Bharatpur re-polling (ht 21/06/2017), SC seeks torn Bharatpur ballots, other documents (rep 21/06/2017), Communication unavailable for 4 remote polling stations in Bajura (ht 21/06/2017), Women leaders buoyed, eyeing better posts in next elections, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 21/06/2017), Over 5,000 women elected in phase one local polls (rep 21/06/2017), Candidates head into election campaigns carrying flags and symbols of other parties (rep 21/06/2017)

Is it ethical for teachers to take to politics? Some 1,000 teachers quit their jobs to contest local polls, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 21/06/2017)

Election And Population Dynamics, by Prem Khatry (rn 20/06/2017), 11 elected unopposed (kp 20/06/2017), Four-day school closure for polls (kp 20/06/2017) [Schools cannot be closed often enough!], Parties counting on Muslim voters in Rupandehi and Kapilvastu, by Madhav Dhungana and Manoj Paidel (kp 20/06/2017), Tingla residents boycott election (kp 20/06/2017), Parties urged to exercise restraint: EC (ht 20/06/2017), Poll code of conduct flouted in Province 7 (ht 20/06/2017), 3,366 nominated to contest for 685 posts in Jhapa election (ht 20/06/2017), 1,234 candidates to contest in polls in Panchthar (ht 20/06/2017), Twenty candidates contesting in Khotang (ht 20/06/2017), NC, Maoists join hands to keep UML at bay: Form a poll alliance in over 70 local units (rep 20/06/2017), Communal harmony major agenda for Tikapur voters, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 20/06/2017)

CPN-MC, FSF-N tie up for votes in Biratnagar (ht 19/06/2017), Ensure elections: The EC will have to do more to ensure that elections are held and the counting is also done in a free, fair and impartial manner without any security lapses (ht 19/06/2017), RJPN attempts to foil candidacy filing in various districts, by Mahesh Kumar Das and Suresh Yadav (rep 19/06/2017), RJPN demands release of cadres (rep 19/06/2017), Political parties violate election laws (rep 19/06/2017), Thawang finally ready for polls, by Devendra Basnet and Dinesh Subedi (rep 19/06/2017), We are caught between the government and RJPN: Locals of Province-2, by Upendra Yadav (rep 19/06/2017), ‘Phase III poll as suggested by agitating forces’ (ht 19/06/2017) [Did they really suggest it in this way?], No Shift In Position Fuelling The Fire, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 19/06/2017), Polls ‘undemocratic’, say RJP-N leaders, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 19/06/2017), Candidacies filed despite protests (kp 19/06/2017), Sporadic clashes in Tarai but candidates unfazed (kp 19/06/2017), UML cadre killed in clash with NC in Bajura (ht 19/06/2017), FA condemns firing, arrest of protesters (ht 19/06/2017), Doubtful deferral: It would be wrong to blame only the RJPN for Province 2 delay. Congress is as responsible, by David Kainee (rep 19/06/2017)

Nominations for June 28 local elections today, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/06/2017), Candidates to file nomination today (ht 18/06/2017), Refrain from using kids for electioneering: EC (ht 18/06/2017), Far-flung Bajura villages deprived of voter education (ht 18/06/2017)

Holding Local Polls Still A Challenge, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 17/06/2017), Poll officials, volunteers return from Province 2 (kp 17/06/2017), EC lifts some provisions of election code of conduct in Province 2 (ht 17/06/2017), Polls leave villages across Mechi untouched (ht 17/06/2017), RJPN cadres torch poll materials (rep 17/06/2017)

Nomination deadline pushed to Sunday (kp 16/06/2017), Govt postpones polls in Province 2: UML objects to the move; RJP-N unconvinced; Deuba runs risk of repeating history (kp 16/06/2017), Invalid ballot: Candidates teach people how to vote, by Birendra KC (kp 16/06/2017), Two former PLA members in race for top local level posts in Morang (ht 16/06/2017), CPN-MC hindering poll campaigning, allege NC, UML (ht 16/06/2017), The Third-Phase Local Election, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 16/06/2017)

Strong security in place for polls: Home minister (kp 15/06/2017), EC concerned as officials detained (kp 15/06/2017), Remote Bajura villagers demand parturition centre in return for votes (ht 15/06/2017), 15 voting centres most sensitive in Panchthar (ht 15/06/2017), Bajhang women to vote for those pledging to end chhaupadi (rep 15/06/2017)

Phase II poll preparations complete: CEC (ht 14/06/2017), Tea workers announce ‘no vote’ agitation (ht 14/06/2017), UML cadres injured in Bajura clash (ht 14/06/2017), Teacher falls prey to leaders’ promise (ht 14/06/2017), NC picks Dalit leader as mayoral candidate (ht 14/06/2017), Security beefed up across tarai amid RJPN threats (rep 14/06/2017), 42 polling stations marked 'security-sensitive' in Udayapur, by Maheshwor Chamling Rai (rep), Birgunj locals eager to cast votes, by Ram Saran Tamang (rep 14/06/2017)

Technically included, practically left out: The number of Dalit candidates for top jobs in municipal and village councils is near zero despite commitments for inclusion in the constitution and party documents, by Bhola Paswan (The Record 13/06/2017)

Candidate selection delayed in Province 2, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 13/06/2017), Confusion reigns in central Tarai (kp 13/06/2017), UML not to back party’s corrupt local reps (kp 13/06/2017), ‘EC can’t accept third-phase elections’ (kp 13/06/2017), It’s all a ruse: Landless people’s take on polls, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 13/06/2017), NHRC condemns poll event disruption (ht 13/06/2017), Election fever grips Biratnagar metropolis (ht 13/06/2017), Parties launch poll campaign in Jhapa district (ht 13/06/2017), Major political parties struggling to finalize candidates, by Santosh Singh (rep 13/06/2017), Bhojpur wants capable, competent persons (ht 13/06/2017), RJPN cadres beat up 3 polling officers, vandalize vehicles (rep 13/06/2017)

Parties accused of giving tickets to affluent candidates, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 13/06/2017)

Bibeksheel set to field candidates in five districts: Sajha focuses on party organisation, remains undecided, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 12/06/2017), EC: Materials printed in local languages with ‘good intent’ (kp 12/06/2017), ‘Zero tolerance against anti-election activities’ (kp 12/06/2017), Apex court postpones hearing on Bharatpur ballot count row: Bench of Justices Bishwombher Prasad Shrestha and Prakash Man Singh Raut ‘find no time for the case’ (kp 12/06/2017) [??], MTF submits details for candidate authorisation (kp 12/06/2017), EC fiat to strictly implement poll conduct code (ht 12/06/2017), FNJ members told to resign before filing candidacy for civic polls (ht 12/06/2017), Candidates selection incomplete in Bara (ht 12/06/2017), Parties yet to choose poll contestants in Siraha (ht 12/06/2017), Kin of poll-clash victim stage mute rally (ht 12/06/2017), Family, ethnic ties decisive in tarai polls, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 12/06/2017)

CPN-UML finalises Province 1 candidates (kp 11/06/2017), 3 parties field aspirants from a single family (kp 11/06/2017), Poll body firm on ensuring code compliance (kp 11/07/2017), 20 candidates obtained less than 100 votes in Kavre (ht 11/06/2017), Major parties finalize candidates in Dhankuta, by Siddharaj Rai (rep 11/06/2017), Parties barred from distributing symbol-printed materials (rep 11/06/2017)

EC gives RJP-Nepal three days to submit details (kp 10/06/2017), Parties gearing up for quick candidate picks , by Tika Ram Pradhan (kp 10/06/2017), ‘Illegal arms a major security threat’ (kp 10/06/2017)

House amends Local Level Election Act: Move aimed at bringing agitating parties on board the election process, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/06/2017)

Special security plan for polls in Rupandehi, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 08/06/2017)

Over 4,500 temporary cops resign (kp 07/06/2017), Election offices stage mock polls, run voter education programme, by Bedraj Paudel (kp 07/06/2017), Election fever grips Bhojpur (ht 07/06/2017)

Question of credibility: The Election Commission acting like an extended wing of the government does not bode well for democracy, by Achyut Wagle (kp 06/06/2017)

RJP-N ‘ready’ for polls with one of six vote symbols: Election officials say the demanded symbol - umbrella - cannot be given to the united party as ballot papers have already been printed and delivered to the districts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/06/2017)

EC to take diplomats on poll inspection visits (ht 06/06/2017), Election drives wedge between siblings (ht 06/06/2017), Preparations for polls over in Sunsari (ht 06/06/2017)

First vote in rainy season fraught with challenges, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/06/2017)

Brothers become rival candidates in Baitadi (kp 05/06/2017), Bharatpur vote count venue declared prohibited zone (kp 05/06/2017), Writ petition against EC’s decision on Bharatpur vote row: Petitioners demand annulment of the Election Commission’s decision and a court order for the EC to resume counting of the votes in the disputed ward (kp 05/06/2017), SC stays EC’s decision to hold re-polling in Bharatpur-19 (hts 05/06/2017), Re-polling in bharatpur-19: Apex court stays EC decision; Asks authorities to maintain status quo until Sunday (kp 06/06/2017)

706 candidates lose security deposit (ht 05/06/2017)

Educate voters: Emphasise on voter education for the upcoming second phase of local elections, by Reena Chikanbanjar (ht 04/06/2017)

44k police deployed in the East for poll security (kp 04/06/2017)

Mother, daughter NC’s deputy mayor candidates in Jhapa (kp 03/06/2017), NA mobilised to ensure security ahead of polls (ht 03/06/2017), Locals concerned as parties flout poll code of conduct in Panchthar (ht 03/06/2017), Children being used for poll campaigning (ht 03/06/2017)

Bharatpur vote counting fiasco: 90 ballot papers found torn, 70pc in shreds, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 02/06/2017), EC undecided how to resolve ballot-tearing row (rep 02/06/2017), Political parties violating election code in Morang (ht 02/06/2017), Poll date change elates Muslims (ht 02/06/2017), Candidates yet to submit expense details (ht 02/06/2017), PM election boils down to EC decision on Bharatpur incident, by Tika R. Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp 03/06/2017), Bharatpur Scam Spoils Prachanda’s Image, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 04/06/2017)

RJP-N viewed as strong contender in the plains, by Aman Koirala (kp 02/06/2017)

Local concerns: Some analysts believe it will be tough to hold elections in the Tarai belt without first amending the constitution, by Biswas Baral (rep 02/06/2017)

Bharatpur vote counting fiasco: EC panel fails to throw enough light on incident, by Prithvi Man Shrestha and Bimal Khatiwada (kp 01/06/2017), EC seeks number of ballot papers torn  (ht 01/06/2017), Parties gearing up for elections in Biratnagar (ht 01/06/2017), Polls rescheduled for June 28: Kune 16 is candidacy nomination day (rep 01/6/2017), Repeated deferrals annoys voters, candidates, by Devendra Basnet (rep 01/06/2017), Rainfalls may affect elections during monsoon, by Ram Saran Tamang (rep 01/06/2017)

Phase II local polls to be held on June 28: The government says the decision to reschedule polls was taken after members of the Muslim community drew its attention to the Ramadan festival they are observing (kp 31/05/2017), Govt registers bill to amend local poll law (kp 31/05/2017, RJP-N fallen between two stools? Differences within the party stalling decision on its participation in local elections: Some leaders within the RJP-N are for finding ‘a political way out’ and going to polls while others say participating in the polls without government addressing their demands would mean losing face with the constituencies, by Anil Giri (kp 31/05/2017), RJP-N cadres clash with police, four injured: The clash ensued when police intervened as the RJP-N supporters were trying to padlock the office of Chief Election Officer (kp 31/05/2017)

More than 150,000 personnel to be deployed for poll security (kp 31/05/2017), Widow and kids of slain Tamang seek protection, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 31/05/2017), Re-election unacceptable, says main opposition (ht 31/05/2017), UML threatens protest if Bharatpur goes for re-polls (rep 31/05/2017), Nine journos in election fray in Dang (ht 31/05/2017), Investigation panel returns from Chitwan (ht 31/05/2017), Quitting job paid off only for eight, by Anil Bhandari (rep 31/05/2017)

Phase II local elections rescheduled for June 23 (kp 30/05/2017), Govt puts off phase 2 local polls for June 23 (rep 30/05/2017), NDF seeks conducive environment for polls (ht 30/05/2017), NC picks candidates for Doti, Udayapur (ht 30/05/2017), Vote counting put off in Bharatpur after Maoists tear ballot papers, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep 30/05/2017), Most parties fielding Tharu candidates in Kailali rural municipality (rep 30/05/2017)

Parties ‘ready to delay polls by about a week’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/05/2017)

UML’s Shakya elected Kathmandu mayor (kp 29/05/2017), ‘I’ll make Kathmandu a better place to live’, interview Bidhya Sundar Shakya (kp 29/05/2017), Victory in defeat: New parties have proved that their foray into politics is not only hype (kp), ‘Failing to win won’t stop our work’, interview with Ranju Darshana Neupane (kp 29/05/2017), Sajha Party thanks its voters (kp 29/05/2017), EC gears up for second phase of local elections (kp 29/05/2017), Myadi recruits up in arms against police (kp 29/05/2017), Siraha engaged in preparations for local poll (ht 29/05/2017), EC opening election office in all local units today (rep 29/05/2017)

Second Phase Election: Fraught With Challenges, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 28/05/2017), 100k civil staffers to be on poll duty (kp 28/05/2017), RJP-N protest dampens poll spirit in Banke (kp 28/05/2017), Security in Bajura to be stepped up (kp 28/05/2017), Four-party meeting ends inconclusively: NC leaders ready to delay second phase of local level elections, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 28/05/2017), Election should not be postponed: Oli, by Bhim Ghimire (kp 28/05/2017), Salt, rice top voters’ demands in remote Bajhang villages, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 28/05/2017)

Gathabandhan ups the ante: Announces protests aimed at foiling June 14 election; The RJP-N says it will not participate in polls as the government has failed to address its demands and implement past deals, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/05/2017), RJPN announces to disrupt polls, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 27/05/2017)

SC stays govt decision to add local units in Tarai districts (kp 27/05/2017), SC stays addition of local levels in Tarai: Observes such changes should be made one year before civic polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 27/05/2017) [Under this consideration the whole local elections would be invalid!!], UML wins mayor, news digest deputy mayor seats in Pokhara Lekhnath (kp 27/05/2017), 11 women candidates elected to deputy mayoral, vice-chair’s posts in Dhading (ht 27/05/2017), Mood in Madhes veering toward election, by Ajit Tiwari (rep 27/05/2017), Locals concerned about lack of voters' education, by Raju Adhikari (27/05/2017)

Election and ballot papers: Simple solutions are possible, by Pramod Raj Pokharel (ht 26/05/2017)

Including the excluded: The real winners of the local elections are not political parties, but women, by Om Astha Rai (nt 26/05/2017), Federal feminine republic of Nepal (nt 26/05/2017), Madam Mayor, by Kantika Sejuwal (nt 26/05/2017)

Elections with added units not possible on June 14, says EC, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/05/2017), Parties in Banke ready for polls, save RJP-N (kp 26/05/2017), Voters of remote Bajura village demand rice before election, by Arjun Shah (kp 26/05/2017), Madhes-centric parties welcome govt decision to increase local units (kp 26/05/2017), Quake victims hope elected reps will help them get grant (ht 26/05/2017), Election activities intensify in Dang (ht 26/05/2017), 13934 representatives elected in 278 local units (rep 26/05/2017)

Unprincipled Hobnobbing In Local Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn 25/05/2017), Gearing Up For Second Phase Local Poll, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 25/05/2017), Police blamed for candidate’s death in Malkot firing (kp 25/05/2017), Security beefed up for second phase of local level elections (ht 25/05/2017), Musahar community deprived of voter education (ht 25/05/2017), Results still awaited three cities, two other units (rep 25/05/2017), Major political parties facing hard time choosing candidates (rep 25/05/2017)

Polls on June 14 with added local units difficult, says EC: According to EC officials, PM Dahal has sought to know whether postponing elections could be an option to bring agitating forces on board the poll process, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/05/2017), EC tells PM second phase polls not possible if local bodies increase (ht 25/05/2017), EC rules out polls in 22 newly-created local units: Dahal proposes defering second round polls to accomodate new units, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 25/05/2017)

Bar Afghanistan, Nepal has perhaps the slowest vote counting process, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety (rep 25/05/2017)

Campaign to educate voters yet to reach villages (kp 24/05/2017), Aspirant candidate spends Rs 1.5m to open 6km track, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 24/05/2017), Parties at pains to select candidates (ht 24/05/2017), NC selects candidates in rural municipalities (ht 24/05/2017), EC takes flak for not enforcing code, credibility questioned (rep 24/05/2017), Preparations in full swing for phase II local polls, by Binod Subedi (rep 24/05/2017), Locals of Rolpa eager to cast votes, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 24/05/2017), Parties set to adopt failed alliance strategy again, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 24/05/2017)

Congress Can Bounce Back, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 24/05/2017)

Vote count resumes in Pokhara Lekhnath (kp 23/05/2017), UML wins mayor, NC deputy mayor in Madhyapur Thimi (ht 23/05/2017), Madhes moves into election mode, by Suresh Yadav (rep 23/05/2017), Party-switching worked for many but didn't for some, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 23/06/2017), Maoists still remain influential in 'war-era' bases, by Devendra Basnet and Ganesh BK (rep 23/05/2017)

12 Tarai districts to get 22 more local units: Cabinet decides to upgrade Birgunj and Biratnagar as metropolitan cities (kp 23/05/2017), Cabinet adds 22 local levels in Tarai (ht 23/05/2017), Govt forms 22 more local units in Tarai districts: EC says it will now be 'quite difficult' to conduct second round local polls on June 14, by Bhadra Sharma and Gyan P. Neupane (rep 23/05/2017), Decision to increase number of local units puts EC in a fix: The EC says it cannot make any comment as it is yet to receive information about the government decision of increasing 22 local units in 12 Tarai districts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/05/2017), Local unit addition affects poll preparations, says CEC Yadav: Chief commissioners says preparing new voter lists and managing logistics in the new local units are challenging tasks (kp 24/05/2017), Phase II polls as scheduled: CEC (ht 24/05/2017), New local federal units: UML accuses govt of gerrymandering; Oli says the decision should not have been made taking cues from the results of the first-phase polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/05/2017), UML takes serious exception to govt decision (ht 24/05/2017), EC 'totally unaware' of decision on 22 new local units (rep 24/05/2017)

Towards tech-friendly polls: The chaos of the elections reflected the nature of our society, where planning and order have never been a priority, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 23/05/2017), Sheer underrepresentation: Electing a familiar person to represent the locals is almost impossible under the new structure, by Achyut Wagle (kp 23/05/2017)

Maoist Center Shaken To Roots, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 22/05/2017), Maoist Center fails to impress urban voters, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 22/05/2017), Parties other than UML boycott counting in Pokhara (ht 22/05/2017), Election activities intensifiy in Province 7 (ht 22/05/2017), Parties preparing for second phase of polls in Morang (ht 22/05/2017), EC rejects PM's request to increase local units: The election body has also refused to give umbrella as the election symbol to the newly-formed Rastriya Janata Party Nepal as demanded by its leaders (rep 22/05/2017), Madhesi parties in bid for poll alliance (rep 22/05/2017), Parties in final phase to select candidates for second round polls, by Ajit Tiwari (rep 22/05/2017), Poll observer urges enhanced voter education (rep 22/05/2017)

Local Elections Voters Punish Flip-floppers, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 21/05/2017), EC, ministry review security situation for Phase II vote: Potential election boycott by RJPN, activities of CPN and open border with India among the security threats, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/05/2017). Vote counting in Bharatpur resumes after 16-hour halt, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 21/05/2017), Changu vote counting centre sealed (kp 21/05/2017), General strike hits life in Rasuwa after Khukuri attack (kp 21/0572017), Election preparations begin in eastern region (kp 21/05/2017), Not over yet: Election Commission can do a better job during the second phase of local elections, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp 21/05/2017), UML leading with NC not far behind (ht 21/05/2017), Certificate seized three days after being sworn in as ward chairperson (ht 21/05/2017)

Early Indications Of Local Polls, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 20/05/2017)

Election Commission to change stamp colour for Phase II polls (ht 20/05/2017)

Hubby elected ward chairman, wife deputy mayor of Rukum (ht 20/05/2017), CPN-UML leading in vote count on Day V (ht 20/05/2017), UML maintains tiny lead as vote-count nears completion (rep 20/05/2017), Maoists in blame game after KMC losses, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 20/05/2017), Five women mayor and deputy mayors to lead Syangja towns, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 20/05/2017), Man beaten almost to death during conflict becomes Gorkha's mayor, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 20/05/2017), Women who made it to major local unit posts, by Pooja Chauhan (rep 20/05/2017)

As results trickle in, NC admits its shortcomings (kp 19/05/2017), Chepangs elected ward chairmen (kp 19/05/2017), UML leading with NC close behind in vote count (ht 19/05/2017), CPN-MC sweeps polls in Rukum (ht 19/05/2017), Vote counting in hills excites tarai folks, by Ritesh Tripathi (ht 19/05/2017), Maoists lose influence in Gorkha, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 19/05/2017), Results declared for two-thirds local units (rep 19/05/2017), Political Parties And First-Phase Local Elections, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 19/05/2017)

E-voting, anyone? What we need right now is a healthy debate on voting system, by Saugat Gautam (rep 18/05/2017)

Poll observers point to lack of voter education: Huge ballot papers, dozens of electoral symbols and inadequate awareness programmes could lead to high number of invalid votes (kp 18/05/2017), Report stresses need for effective voter education (ht 18/05/2017), CEC says counting will be completed in a week (kp 18/05/217), More desks set up to speed up vote counting (ht 18/05/2017), Women win village seats, by Narayan Sharma (kp 18/05/2017), UML calls for probe into poll violence: Says second phase elections should be held under current structure (kp 18/05/2017), UML, Congress pitted in tough electoral battle (ht 18/05/2017), More results of local level election on Day III (ht 18/05/2017), Congress, UML neck and neck on Day 3 of vote count (rep 18/05/2017), Only one woman elected mayor so far, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 18/05/2017), Local election seen as harbinger of inclusiveness (rep 18/05/2017) [??], 'Ill-timed' second phase polls less exciting for Muslims, by Binod Subedi (rep 18/05/2017), RPP seemingly headed for a stinging defeat, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 18/05/2017) [This anti-inclusive Hindu fundamentalist party should see it as the referendum it has been asking for!!!]

The election effect: One hopes the dysfunction that became so apparent with the all-party mechanisms after 2007 will stop after these elections, by Deepak Thapa (kp 18/05/2017)

All Eyes On Second Phase Poll, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 18/05/2017), Palpa, Jhapa prepare for JUNE 14 elections (kp 18/05/2017)

Vote counting tedious, time-consuming affair: It may take weeks for results to be out if enumerators keep at current pace (kp 17/05/2017), Slow counting leaves voters disappointed, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 17/05/2017), Correct it: Adequate counting units should be added to finish counting even in the metropolitan cities within a week at the latest (ht 17/05/2017), Vote counting to speed up (ht 17/05/2017), Early counts show high vote wastage, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/05/2017) [!!!], Poor voter education blamed for high number of void votes, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 17/05/2017), Local polls bring promising signs of social change, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Namobuddha, Dhulikhel re-election today (kp 17/05/2017), Keys to ballot boxes ‘go missing’ from inside court building (kp 17/05/2017), Ex-Maoist fighters win in Rukum village, by Hari Gautam (kp 17/05/2017), UML front-runner even on Day Two: Kathmandu Metropolitan City results unlikely before one week, states Election Commission (ht 17/05/2017), Local level election results so far (ht 17/05/2017), Early vote count shows big 3 leading pack (rep 17/05/2017), NC, UML win 12 wards each in Makawanpur, by Ashok Shrijan Shrestha (rep 17/05/2017), New parties put in 'unexpected performance', by Roshan Sedhai (rep 17/05/2017), Manang drops consensus way, by Santosh Pokharel (rep), Representatives who stand out (rep 17/05/2017), NC’s memo against killing of its cadre (ht 17/05/2017), Lessons From Local Polls, by Shyam KC (rn 17/05/2017), A Victory For Democracy, Nation, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 17/05/2017), New Delhi changes tack, assumes ‘neutral position’: Observers say India has softened stance on Nepal’s constitution and is encouraging Madhes-based forces to take part in polls, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 17/05/2017), US seeks int’l observers’ access to June 14 polls (kp 17/05/2017)

Legal vacuum for elected representatives to start work (rep 16/05/2017)

Complicated ballot paper, poor voter's education and inks blamed for slow vote counting, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 16/05/2017)

UML, NC ahead in Manang and Mustang districts (kp 16/05/2017), Malkot clash: RPP candidate succumbs to bullet injuries (kp 16/05/2017), Family members of victim shot by APF seeking justice, by Madhusudan Guragain (rep 16/05/2017), Large number of youngsters participate in Chitwan polls (kp 16/05/2017), Valley residents complain of tardy pace of vote counting, by Rupesh Acharya (kp 16/05/2017), Painstakingly slow vote-counting a new challenge for EC, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 16/05/2017), 18 hours to count just 2,000 votes in Lalitpur (rep 16/05/2017), EC to provide more staff (rep 16/05/2017), An anxious wait for election results, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 16/05/2017), UML leads vote count, NC follows (ht 16/05/2017), Thapa, Darshana catch poll limelight (rep 16/05/2017), Elections re-scheduled (rep 16/05/2017), First Phase Local Elections of 2017, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 16/05/2017)

Infrastructure, clean environment remain a powerful appeal to voters, by Anup Ojha and Manish Gautam (kp 15/05/2017), More parties turning to social media to swing opinions, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 15/05/2017), First time voters prefer good candidates over party links, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 15/05/2017), Those who didn’t vote: Daily wage laborers say earning evening meal a higher priority, by Ram Saran Tamang (kp 15/05/2017)

Nation holds local polls in 20 yrs: First round of election successful with more than 73 percent turnout: EC, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/05/2017), 73% voter turnout in historic local polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 15/05/2017), First phase of civic polls witnesses enthusiastic participation, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 15/05/2017), Ballot papers ‘confusing’ (kp 15/05/2017), Large ballot paper confuses voters, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 15/05/2017), Election cancelled in three centres; one killed (kp 15/05/2017), APF accused of killing youth in Kavre: Protest over murder disrupts polling in Namobuddha (ht 15/05/2017), Dhading CPN-UML cadre beaten to death (ht 15/05/2017), Nawalparasi’s  ballot paper used at Nagarkot (kp 15/05/2017), UML for re-polling over ‘code violation’ (kp 15/05/2017), Periodic polls: After the success of first phase of local polls, challenge now is to ensure the second one (kp 15/05/2017), Local polls at last: Voters were more enthusiastic as the new constitution has given more power and authority to the elected representatives at the local level (ht 15/05/2017)

Local representatives to enjoy executive, legislative and judicial powers, by Ashok Dahal (rep 15/05/2017) [This not only means rights but also duties!!!]

Nearly 100 pc turnout in Gorkha polling centre (ht 15/05/2017)

Go vote for democracy (kp 14/05/2017), First phase of local elections today, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 14/05/2017), All set for polls: Voters will, for the first time under the new constitution, instate elected representatives in village and municipal councils which will have more powers and budget (kp 14/05/2017), ‘Fully prepared to hold first phase of local polls today’, interview with Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav (kp 14/05/2017), Quake-displaced return to cast vote, by Anish Tiwari (kp 14/05/2017)

High number of null votes possible in Ramechhap (ht 14/05/2017)

Health Minister Thapa escapes possible scuffle with UML cadres (kp 14/05/2017)

Citizenship, passport, driving licence can be used to vote: EC; Poll body, however, says names should be on voter list, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/05/2017), Voters’ ordeal to find their identity cards: Many who voted during last CA polls complain of being delisted (kp 13/05/2017)

Raute demand voting rights, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 13/05/2017)

Know your vote (kp 13/05/2017)

On eve of polls, govt doles out Rs 150m to Kailali incident victims (rep 13/05/2017) [??]

EC warns against poll campaigning (ht 13/05/2017)

Two days to collect ballot boxes in upper Gorkha, by Santosh Pokharel and Narahari Sapkota (rep 13/05/2017)

Election Commission prohibits vehicular movement on election day (rep 13/05/2017)

1k voters returning from India daily (kp 13/05/2017),  Outflow of people leaving Valley to cast vote up (ht 13/05/2017)

Cylinder bomb goes off in Bhaktapur (kp 13/05/2017), IEDs found outside two candidates’ homes (kp 13/05/2017)

Nerve centre: With over 100,000 security personnel being deployed for the local level elections, the election security cell will serve as the hub, by Manish Gautam (kp 13/05/2017)

Senior politicians, ministers not to cast their votes in phase I polls (rep 13/05/2017)

Double symbol confuses voters, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/05/2017), Voters find ballot papers confusing (kp 12/05/2017)

Dozens of Nepalis stranded after Rasuwa border closure (kp 12/05/2017)

Grassroots democracy (nt 12/05/2017), Trial and error democracy: Nepal is experimenting with radical decentralisation in local elections, and does not have the luxury of failing, by Om Astha Rai (nt 12/05/2017)

EC all set to conduct phase one local polls (rep 12/05/2017)

Security upped for Sunday’s vote (kp 12/05/2017), 41 youths arrested (ht 12/05/2017), Police tighten security to prevent poll violence (ht 12/05/2017), NHRC casts doubts (ht 12/05/2017)

Three disable-friendly polling centers in Nuwakot and Rasuwa, by Bhagwati Lama (rep 12/05/2017) [All polling centres should have such provisions!]

Youths demand employment, elderly people seek allowance, by Janak KC (rep 12/05/2017)

Parties found using children in campaigns, by Anish Tiwari (kp 12/05/2017), Rights group concerned over use of schools, kids (kp 12/05/2017)

Journos urged to abide by election code of conduct (ht 12/05/2017)

Vehicles to stay off roads on Sunday (ht 12/05/2017), NTB to open shuttle service from Tribhuvan Int’l Airport on election day (kp 12/05/2017) [And what about travellers who are not going to stay in five-star hotels???]

Poll paraphernalia ramp up small traders’ business (kp 12/05/2017)

Local elections not a priority for foreign media (rep 12/05/2017)

The call of the ballot box (rep 12/05/2017)

It’s party time on the internet: … but still doubtful if the wave of digital campaigning in this local election will translate into votes, by Sonia Awale (nt 12/05/2017)

Why social media won’t change anything: We’re still a masu-bhat, raksi and ‘dai ko mama ko party’ type of nation and we tend to vote accordingly, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 12/05/2017)

Incidents of violence a cause for concern: EC; Political leaders point finger at each other for cases of violence, clashes (kp 11/05/2017), UML activist killed in clash, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 11/05/2017), Son of UML candidate killed in clash with Maoists, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 11/05/2017), Violence in the time of polls: Govt and security forces need to be alert, but constructive public engagement is best policing (kp 11/05/2017), Unidentified groups detonate explosive devices in three districts (kp 12/05/2017), Police alerted by recent acts of violence, by Manish Gautam (kp 12/05/2017), EC panel probing deadly Dolakha clash (rep 12/05/2017)

Voters perplexed as parties forge ‘strange’ electoral alliances (rep 11/05/2017)

Second phase poll date can’t be changed: Yadav (kp 11/05/2017)

EC: Silence period to kick in from Thursday midnight (kp 11/05/2017)

Candidates fail to impress Sindhupalchok quake victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/05/2017)

Election activities nil in Rautahat (ht 11/05/2017)

Spending in poll campaign different this time, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 11/05/2017), Candidates spending millions for campaigns, by Hari Krishna Gautam (rep 11/05/2017)

Confusion still reigns among voters, by Binod Ghimire and Anish Tiwari (kp 11/05/2017), Many voters in Surkhet say they don’t know how to vote, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 11/05/2017)

EC lifts ban on ministers from participating in campaign (kp 11/05/2017)

Temporary cops to be deployed in areas other than they come from (kp 11/05/2017)

People returning to villages to cast their votes, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 11/05/2017)

Social media a strong tool this poll season? Difficult to say it indeed will have an impact on voters: Experts, by Binod Ghimre (kp 10/05/2017)

NHRC concerned about travel arrangement for elderly, differently abled, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/05/2017)

Locals living on city fringes ‘unaware’ of voting process (kp 10/05/2017)

Voter education drive to continue till poll eve (kp 10/05/2017)

Polls expenditure ceiling criticized as impractical, by Santosh Neupane (rep 10/05/2017)

First-time voters voice their preferences (ht 10/05/2017)

Biplav’s party ‘major obstacle’ to polls, by Janak Nepal and Tularam Pandey (kp 10/05/2017)

NC, Maoist Centre supporters clash in Rukum (kp 10/05/2017)

Half of polling centres most sensitive: MoHA, by Manish Gautam (kp 10/05/2017)

Internet voting: Viva la revolución: In the age of internet, rather than voting every five years at a polling booth, we could vote directly, issue-by-issue, using our smartphones, by  Manish Pokharel and Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 10/05/2017)

Counting soon after May 14 polls (kp 09/05/2017)

Dalit women candidates face discrimination, by Janak Nepal, Tularam Pandey and LP Devkota (kp 09/05/2017)

CEC urges parties to abide by poll code (kp 09/05/2017), EC seeks clarification from UML candidates, CPN-MC’s whip (ht 09/05/2017)

Cops file public offence case against 19 CPN M cadres (ht 09/05/2017)

Jumla youths prefer yarsa to elections, by LP Devkota (09/05)

‘Chief Election Officer hiring trade union members’ (ht 09/05/2017)

Security department chiefs inspect Bara voting centres (ht 09/05/2017)

Election code of conduct: EC team to keep close vigil (kps 08/05/2017)

Media Coverage Of Polls, by P. Kharel (rn 08/05/2017)

2 forces to answer EC over motorcycle rally (kp 07/05/2017)

10 embassies to observe polls in Valley (kp 07/05/2017)

IED recovered from NC candidate’s house, 5 held (kp 06/05/2017)

Over 49,000 in fray for May 14 elections (ht 05/05/2017)

SC seeks govt clarification over voting rights of Nepali migrant workers (rep 05/05/2017)

Third gender barred from contesting poll, by Anjali Subedi (rep 05/05/2017)

Seven candidates withdraw nomination in Hetauda (ht 05/05/2017)

Thousand-plus candidates vying for 391 posts in Lamjung (ht 05/05/2017)

Dozens elected unopposed (kp 04/05/2017), Candidates elected unopposed in various districts (rep 04/05/2017)

Disabled worry privacy violation while casting vote, by Pooja Chauhan (rep 04/05/2017)

EC wants schools closed for 7 days for May 14 polls (rep 04/05/2017) [Why?]

Major parties looking to forge electoral alliances (ht 04/05/2017)

It’s not done yet: The first-phase nomination has gone very well, but the second phase still has political hurdles (kp 04/05/2017)

Two-phase election is problematic, says Bipin Adhikari (rn 04/05/2017) [interview], Polls Amidst Polemics, by Mukti Rijal (rn 04/05/2017), Local Polls And Emerging Developments, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 04/05/2017)

Around 44,000 nominations filed for May 14 polls, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/05/2017)

In Kaski, electoral mood in overdrive (kp 04/05/2017)

Poll officials face difficulties to reach Upper Dolpa, by Thakur Singh Tharu and Bishnu Lal Budha (kp 02/05/2017)

Against odds, EC sets stage for May 14 polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 02/05/2017)

Female leaders forced to accept candidacy for second position (ht 02/05/2017)

Voting centre location excludes disabled, pregnant women (ht 02/05/2017)

No woman candidate for major post in Mugu, by Suman Malla (rep 02/05/2017)

Nominations for first phase of local polls today, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/05/2017)

Confusion looms over local polls:  mpeachment motion against CJ Karki precipitates a series of events from Nidhi quitting as home minister to coalition partner RPP-N considering exit (kp 01/05/2017)

The election blunder: National integration is more important than elections to satisfy the ‘ego’ of certain persons linked to implementing the constitution in its current form, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 01/05/2017)

Sole woman candidate for local level election in Kalikot (rep 01/05/2017)

Polls: Parties hop on youth bandwagon (kp 01/05/2017)

India to gift vehicles to EC (kp 01/05/2017)

Election candidate injured by bullet shot during police live-fire exercise (kp 01/05/2017)

Govt to mobilise 50,000 Myadi police for second phase of elections (kp 30/04/2017)

50,000 observers for local level elections (ht 30/04/2017)

Embassies seek EC nod to observe polls outside KTM, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/04/2017), Int'l community concerned over foreign observers' absence in local polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 29/04/2017), EC to let diplomats observe polls in Valley (ht 29/04/2017)

Hardly any female aspirant for major posts in Dhading, by Shankar Shrestha (rep 29/04/2017)

UML picks male candidates for top local level posts in Siraha (ht 29/04/2017) [This is the UML understanding of inclusion and equality!]

Muslim community demands rethink on phase II poll date (rep 29/04/2017)

Yarsha season affecting local elections, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 29/04/2017)

Candidates start making their election manifestos public, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 29/04/2017)

Polls deferral worries candidates of election expense: Prospective candidates have been spending Rs 10, 000 on a daily basis for their promotional campaign, by Daman Rai (rep 28/04/2017)

Not yet there (nt 28/04/2017)

RJP-N misses time to enlist for Phase I vote: New party only informs poll body about the merger of six Madhes-based parties to become RJP-N and demands ‘umbrella’ as its election symbol, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/04/2017)

Nawalparasi, Rukum polls in two phases (kp 27/04/2017)

Local leaders turn to social media to woo electorate: Many voters strongly feel that the elections are won on the ground, that the numbers of likes and shares on social networking sites are not the deciding factor, by Pradeep Menyangbo (kp 27/04/2017)

Active Citizens For Local Govt, by Mukti Rijal (rn 27/04/2017), Setting The Stage For Conducting Polls, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 27/04/2017)

EC to begin vote counting shortly after phase I polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 26/04/2017)

Too many candidates in big parties, small parties struggle to find aspirants, by Sangam Gharti Magar (rep 26/04/2017)

Election fever grips rural municipalities of Koshi-Mechi (rep 26/04/2017)

EC unveils Phase II poll schedule (ht 25/04/2017)

No foreign observers for local polls: EC (ht 25/04/2017)

Govt confirms June 14 as Phase II polling day: Cabinet approves contents of revised constitution amendment bill; Call to defer April 29 deadline for candidate nomination bya few days in states 3, 4 and 6, where vote takes place first (kp 24/04/2017), PM: Deuba govt to oversee June vote (kp 24/04/2017)

Gathabandhan to take part in two-phase local elections: Govt agrees to fast-track endorsement of a revised constitution amendment proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/04/2017), Two-phase poll OK, but changes could hamper preparations, says EC: Warns that local elections could become uncertain, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 23/04/2017)

Ballot paper printing over, being sent to district (kp 23/04/2017)

Yadav directs NGOs not to influence vote (kp 21/04/2017)

‘Preparations in final stage’ (kp 21/04/2017)

Ballot papers, voter IDs printed: EC (ht 21/04/2017)

Meritocracy At Local Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn 20/04/2017), Conducting Polls Amid Protests, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 20/04/2017)

18,572 polling booths set up (kp 20/04/2017)

Security chiefs say measures in place for local elections (kp 19/04/2017)

Police disrupt Chand party’s anti-poll events (kp 19/04/2017)

NP fails to arrange dress for temporary police (kp 18/04/2017)

China provides 11 types of poll materials: EC purhcases indelible ink on its own (rep 18/04/2017)

Election activities yet to kick off in rural areas, locals confused (ht 18/04/2017)

Morcha’s protests challenge for polls: Security officials, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 18/04/2017)

Senior citizens hope to take one last shot at polls: Ageing people say it is their last chance to cast vote, by Daman Rai (rep 18/04/2017)

People excited to cast vote in local polls, say voter educators: Local political leaders in particular, who seem to be excited about the elections, are providing help in all possible ways, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/04/2017)

Law bars issuing poll symbols to parties outside House, says Yadav, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/04/2017)

EC concerned over voters’ ID distribution (kp 17/04/2017)

Parties violating poll code in Dhankuta (ht 17/04/2017)

EC opens offices of chief returning officers in all 75 districts, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 17/04/2017)

Delayed poll education programme: Concerns grow over low voter turnout, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/04/2017)

EC to open offices of chief poll officers today (kp 16/04/2017)

Ruling parties for single-phase polls: Dahal, Deuba and Thapa assert that elections will be held on May 14 even if the Madhesi Morcha refuses to participate (kp 15/04/2017)

Partyfull Panchayat: The parliament should immediately correct this constitution-defying apartheid law and allow all parties to use their party symbols as electoral symbols, by Ujwal Thapa (rep 15/04/2017)

EC finalises polling stations across nation (ht 15/04/2017)

Govt delay in releasing funds puts temporary cops at their wits’ end: With no cash in hand, recruits are facing hard time managing food and lodging, by Manish Gautam (kp 15/04/2017)

EC chief drops a hint about polls in two phases, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/04/2017)

Poll panel to deploy more than 21,000 voter educators across the country (ht 14/04/2017)

EC chief urges coordination among election officers (ht 13/04/2017)

It's too late to raise the number of local bodies: Paudyal (rep 12/04/2017)

Election materials: Items from China arriving today (kp 12/04/2017)

Polling stations finalised for 74 districts (ht 12/04/2017)

More than 50 organisations apply to EC to monitor polls, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/04/2017)

EC begins training election officers across country (kp 11/04/2017)

EC seeks poll security expenditure estimate from home ministry (ht 11/04/2017)

MoHA seeks EC nod to transfer 300 police officers (rep 11/04/2017)

Four Province 2 districts finalise polling stations (ht 10/04/2017)

Voter education materials sent to districts (ht 09/04/2017)

EC to distribute voter identity cards from May 11; May retain 2013 polling stations in six districts of province 2 (ht 08/04/2017)

EC seeks govt nod to print ballot papers for Province 2 (ht 07/04/2017)

Not enough time to educate voters: EC; Poll panel fears higher percentage of invalid votes than witnessed in 2013 CA elections, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 06/04/2017)

EC pressured into relaxing election code, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 06/04/2017)

Dozens of mayoral aspirants from big parties in Koshi hills (rep 06/04/2017)

Local Level Election: Confidence And Suspicions, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 05/04/2017)

I/NGOs told to follow election code (kp 05/04/2017) [Those providing relief to earthquake victims before the elections shall be arrested????]

Ballot papers printed for 60 districts; EC starts voter education training across the country (ht 05/04/2017)

Teachers quit job for civic polls (kp 05/04/2017)

Number of voters in Tarai up by 15.46 pc, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/04/2017) [Nevertheless is the number of registered voters in the Tarai less than in the rest of the country even though the population is higher according to national census!]

District judges to oversee polls (ht 04/04/2017)

PM explores possibility of polls in two phases, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 04/04/2017) [Why?], Polls in all 744 local units in one go: EC, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 05/04/2017)

Province 1 awaits election in anticipations of first-ever mayors, by Raju Adhikari and Bhim Chapagain (rep 04/04/2017)

Carter Center applies for monitoring local elections: Besides Carter Center, the Norwegian embassy, the USAID had also inquired the EC recently for poll monitoring roles, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/04/2017)

14.054m people eligible to vote: EC (kp 03/04/2017), 14,054,482 voters for local polls (ht 03/04/2017), Over 14 million eligible to vote in local polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 03/04/2017)

Democracy becomes much dearer, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 03/04/2017)

Bibeksheel moves court demanding election symbol (rep 03/04/2017)

Female turnout disappoints EC: Women job aspirants account for only 14pc of total 179,486 applicants, by Manish Gautam (kp 02/04/2017)

Election Commission vows to hold local polls in free and fair manner (kp 01/04/2017)

Hustle and bustle at EC, as poll preparations in full swing, by Anjali Subedi (rep 01/04/2017)

‘10k ballot boxes arrive at Kerung’ (kp 01/04/2017)

EC seeks PM help on polling centres in Province 2 (kp 31/03/2017)

BRB issues 48-hr ultimatum to PM: Demands participation in local polls (kp 31/03/2017), NSN to protest at EC, election offices (ht 02/04/2017), BRB caught from EC, released (kp 03/04/2017), Police detain Bhattarai among dozens from demo outside EC (ht 03/04/2017)

Local polls bring job opportunity for many, by Anup Ojha (kp 31/03/2017)

Udayapur youths miffed at not being able to vote (ht 30/03/2017) [???]

Even if election is deferred in Province-2 the rest of the country will vote on May 14, interview with Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav (rep 30/03/2017)

Voter card printing to begin April 2, 14m voters to get IDs, by Bhadra Sharma (ht 30/03/2017)

Big party mayoral aspirants in Pokhara, Bharatpur, by Santosh Pokharel and Sangeet Sangroula (rep 30/03/2017), Major parties initiate process to pick candidates for local polls (rep 30/03/2017)

UML reports EC about threats, code violation, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/03/2017)

Officials discuss security issues on Monday in view of Morcha protests: Point to challenges in holding elections in eastern Tarai districts (kp 28/03/2017), Security Council recommends Army deployment for May polls: The decision should be endorsed by Parliament within a month of the deployment (kp 28/03/2017)

China pledges Rs 136m assistance for local polls:  PM says he ‘had open and candid discussion with Chinese president’; Two leaders hold talks on important issues related to bilateral interest, by Anil Giri (kp 28/03/2017)

EC bars trade union office bearers from election duty, by Arjun Poudel (ht 28/03/2017)

Polling stations fixed in 68 districts: Task remains in six districts of Province 2 and Dhading (kp 28/03/2017)

Finance Ministry releases Rs3.4b for election security (kp 27/03/2017), Additional security sought in tarai districts for upcoming polls, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 27/03/2017)

Six districts of Province 2 yet to finalise polling stations (ht 27/03/2017)

Ballot papers printed for 36 districts, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 27/03/2017)

Leaders, locals take to social media to announce candidature, by Nagendra Upadhyay and Mukti Prasad Neupane (rep 27/03/2017)

Refining Electoral Democracy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 26/03/2017)

Poll Campaign Advertising, by Krishna Shrestha (rn 25/03/2017)

Publish ‘minority’ list, EC asks govt, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/03/2017)

Ballot papers for 18 districts printed (ht 25/03/2017)

EC assured of poll security (ht 24/03/2017)

EC yet to get started on voter education, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 24/03/2017)

Criteria for national parties: 3 percent vote share, 1 FPTP seat a must, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/03/2017), Threshold of 3pc plus one FPTP seat for national party (rep 23/03/2017), House endorses Bill on Political Parties with threshold provision (ht 23/03/2017), For stability: This bill is very important for holding three tiers of elections that are not very far off and there is little time to prepare for all these elections (ht 24/03/2017) [The treshold is necessary, but your argument that the major political parties are inclusive is wrong!]

Parties missing deadline in some districts allowed to contest polls (ht 23/03/2017)

Poll security in 8 tarai districts a big challenge (rep 23/03/2017)

NSC nod to deploy army for elections (ht 23/03/2017)

EC set to publish notice for polls: The election body says it will allow only national institutions to observe the elections (kp 23/03/2017)

Polling station fixing in ‘2 days’ (kp 22/03/2017)

Wheels for polls: MoHA, EC seek vehicles (rep 22/03/2017)

EC seeks Indian, Chinese assistance (ht 22/03/2017)

House passes bill relating to wards and constituency: Provision to allow division of one ward between two constituencies (ht 21/03/2017)

JEOC to mobilize 200,000 security personnel for local elections, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 21/03/2017)

Lies, damn lies and statistical lies: When elections do not reflect the will of the people, they could become a problem in themselves, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 19/03/2017)

Poll code of conduct for observers endorsed (kp 19/03/2017)

Province 2 likely to see heavy police presence during local elections, by Manish Gautam (kp 19/03/2017)

4 secretaries summoned over poll code (kp 19/03/2017)

EC chief takes his poll concerns to PM Dahal: Calls for environment to accommodate all parties for May 14 elections, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/03/2017)

EC removes Hindu state, monarchy from RPP’s statute (ht 18/03/2017) [The correct way would have been not to register anti-national parties like the RPP-Nepal that stand aginst the fundamental principals of Nepali state and society and try to disturb social harmony!!], EC removes 'Hindu state', 'monarchy' from RPP's statute, by Bhadra (rep 18/03/2017), Election Commission robbed us of our soul, says Kamal Thapa (ht 18/03/2017), EC move can ruin poll environment: Thapa; Objects to removal of ‘Hindu state’, ‘monarchy’ from his party statute, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 19/03/2017)

Up to 11 security personnel to be deployed per polling booth: An estimated 226,000 security personnel including intelligence officials are likely to be deployed during the polls, according to MoHA officials (rep 18/03/2017)

Six types of ballot papers for local level elections (kp 18/03/2017)

Few days delay in printing ballots 'not serious', by Bhadra Sharma (rep 18/03/2017)

No temp cops in sensitive districts: Govt (kp 18/03/2017)

Quandary over election symbol allocation, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/03/2017), EC awards electoral symbols to 26 parties: A total of 79 political parties have been registered with the EC for the upcoming local elections (kp 18/03/2017)

Flagged off: With local polls less than two months away, the Nepali public sphere is abuzz with talk of candidates for mayors or village council chiefs, by Om Astha Rai (nt 17/03/2017)

Question of threshold: A stabilising factor, by Pranav Bhattarai (ht 17/03/2017)

EC clips wings of ministers, MPs, secys: Election Commision bans foreign junkets till polls are over, by Arjun Poudel (ht 17/03/2017)

Home ministry seeks security threat reports from districts (rep 17/03/2017)

255 returning officers deputed for local polls (rep 16/03/2017)

Over three lakh voters in Chitwan local bodies (ht 15/03/2017)

EC seeks army’s role for ballot printing security (rep 15/03/2017)

EC seeks logistical help from neighbors, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 15/03/2017)

Additional cash to conflict victims: EC appears softer towards govt on poll code violation; Former commissioners say govt decision untimely, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/03/2017) [As usual, the politicians get active ahead of elections, but they will forget their promises immediately after the elections!]

EC seeks local election security plan, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/03/2017)

EC to start printing ballot papers soon, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 13/03/2017)

EC to procure 30,000 ballot boxes from AIT: Selected as its quoted price of Rs106.8 million to supply ballot boxes and  the security seals was the lowest among six bidders (kp 13/03/2017)

Local polls elate women leaders, by Raju Adhikari (rep 13/03/2017)

EC puts expenditure cap for candidates (kp 12/03/2017)

EC asks govt to depute staff to local levels by Thursday, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 12/03/2017)

Electoral Violence, by Prabin Manandhar (sp 10/03/2017)

Govt brings bill for delineation of electoral constituencies (rep 09/03/2017)

EC And Electoral Integrity, by Mukti Rijal (rn 09/03/2017), Local Polls & Strengthening Of Democracy, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 09/03/2017)

EC now at point of no return: CEC Yadav, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 09/03/2017)

Govt hands over local level restructuring report to EC, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/03/2017), Districts to get LBRC report (ht 10/03/2017)

EC seeks operational plan from security agencies (kp 07/03/2017)

Local polls cost may cross Rs40b mark (kp 06/03/2017)

Debate over poll-related bill surfaces (rep 06/03/2017)

EC bars PM from electioneering (rep 06/03/2017), PM, ministers directed to comply with poll code, by Arjun Poudel (ht 06/03/2017)

EC not to call international observers for local polls (kp 05/03/2017)

Poll body seeks support from India and China: The Election Commission says it has sought support from the neighbouring countries to prevent a lengthy procurement  procedure, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/03/2017)

Election Commission to buy 30,000 ballot boxes (kp 04/03/2017)

Minister breaches election code of conduct (kp 03/03/2017), Govt breaches poll code, appoints 4 VCs (rep 03/03/2017), PM uses chopper to ride roughshod over poll code, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/03/2017)

‘Avoid use of schools as polling centres’ (ht 03/03/2017)

EC tells ministers not to engage in campaigning, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/03/2017)

EC registers 81 parties for local polls (kp 02/03/2017)

70,000 temporary police recruits on cards for local polls, by Manish Gautam (kp 01/03/2017), 105,000 civil servants to be deployed for local polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 01/03/2017). 226,000 security personnel to be deployed for local polls (kp 02/03/2017)

Elections, parties and money: Creating a fund with tax deductible donations can end campaign finance corruption, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 28/02/2017)

Baidhya and Chand-led Maoist parties won’t be able to contest local polls: EC (ht 28/02/2017)

Election Commission proposes expenditure limits for local polls: Rs 700k highest amount a candidate can spend, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/02/2017), Seven-lakh ceiling set on poll spending, by Arjun Poudel (ht 27/02/2017), Govt’s dillydallying puts EC in a fix to begin ‘actual preparations’, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 27/02/2017)

SC refuses to register 'right to reject' plea, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 27/02/2017)

EC books 30 parties (rep 27/02/2017)

Poll symbol rule riles fringe forces, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/02/2017)

Delay in bringing poll code a major cause for concern: We’ll take a decision most probably by tomorrow: EC, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/02/2017)

Poll expenses likely to touch Rs 20 billion: Rs 10.3b already approved for Election Commissionn; MoHA yet to finalise budget required for security, by Anil Giri and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/02/2017), EC prefers local resources over external help for upcoming polls (ht 24/02/2017)

MoHA starts homework for poll security plan (kp 23/02/2017), EC makes public election schedule (kp 23/02/2017)

Local Election A Reality Now!, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn) [They should have been held together with the election for the two constituent assemblies in 2008 and 2013, but this has been prevented by the leaders of NC, UML and the Maoists! Reasons for this denial that had given by them then are still valid!]

Cabinet sets May 14 as local election date, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 21/02/2017), Local polls after 20 years, finally, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 21/02/2017), Morcha announces stir, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 21/02/2017), UML welcomes announcement (kp 21/02/2017), With shortest time ever for poll preparations, EC faces daunting task, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 21/02/2017)

1.5 pc threshold proposed for upcoming parliamentary poll, by Ashok Dahal (rep 20/02/2017)

EC needs Rs 10.3 billion for civic elections (ht 20/02/2017)

EC presses ‘close’ button on EVM purchase for now: Move follows controversy that the election body was in bid to buy the machines without competition, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/02/2017), Amid controversy, EC drops plan to use Smartmatic EVMs, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 17/02/2017)

PHSC endorses new election commissioners (rep 15/02/2017)

EC starts preparing for civic elections (ht 14/02/2017)

EC registers over 250,000 new voters (rep 13/02/2017)

Breaking the threshold: All the making and breaking of post-1990 governments have been due to the big parties, not the small ones, by Deepak Thapa (kp 09/02/2017), Fringe parties: Threshold design to disenfranchise marginalised groups; The bill related to political parties, which awaits parliamentary nod, requires a national party to pass 3 percent vote threshold in parliamentary polls (kp 10/02/2017)

Crucial bill on local elections stalled, by Prakash Timilsina (rep 09/02/2017)

PM roots for EVMs, others sceptical (rep 08/02/2017), Moves to buy EVM stirs controversy (kp 09/02/2017), Developers of Nepali voting machine feel discouraged, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 09/02/2017)

Local Polls Vehicle Of Grassroots Democracy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 05/02/2017)

Letter from govt lacks clarity, says poll body: EC yet to take a decision on how to respond to the government missive (kp 04/01/2017), Election body to ask govt for polling date: To write to the Cabinet today to make matters clear, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/02/2017)

Political parties are trying to sabotage Election Commission, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety (rep 04/02/2017)

Nepali workers abroad still unable to vote, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 04/02/2017)

Local level election bill endorsed (kp 03/02/2017)

Election Commission: Maintaining Independence, by Mukti Rijal (rn 02/02/2017)

45 parties registered with EC for local elections, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/02/2017)

District judge to be poll commissioner: Provisions on vote threshold and election symbols in the bill on political parties are contentious. The major parties want a threshold of votes to ensure a seat for a party in the Parliament but fringe parties have been opposing the provision (ht 01/02/2017)

No Alternative To Elections, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 31/01/2017), Election And The New Generation, by Prem Khatry (rn 31/01/2017)

‘EC gradually losing autonomy’, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 30/01/2017)

Three members recommended for EC, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/01/2017)

Parliament endorses two poll-related bills (kp 26/01/201), Parties barred from accepting donations from NGOs, govt agencies; Motorbike/vehicle rallies banned; Wall paintings/pamphleteering on public/private walls prohibited (rep 28/01/2017), 'Right to reject' removed from election bill (rep 28/01/2017)

Local Polls: A Political Discourse, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 25/01/2017)

‘Ready to hold local level polls within May-June’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 25/01/2017)

Parties continue to bicker over threshold: Parties that are against threshold say big political parties want to maintain monopoly by keeping the provision, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/01/2017)

Ensure Early Polls, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 24/01/2017)

PM consults CEC on local elections, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/01/2017)

Polls impossible if date not fixed within a week, says Shrestha: PM’s press adviser Govinda Acharya says government would set the date only after endorsing essential election-related bills (kp 21/01/2017)

EC invites former election chiefs to seek their views, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 20/01/2017)

Polls uncertain as govt ties up amendment and election bills (rep 20/01/2017)

Fixing election date: Sub-panel for further deliberation (kp 19/01/2017), EC: Polls unlikely in May-June if issues not resolved in 10 days, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 19/01/2017)

Improving Laws For Federal Elections, by Mukti Rijal (rn 19/01/2017)

EC seeks laws pronto for local polls in May, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/01/2017), Local polls possible in May only if laws ready by Jan: ECN chief (ht 18/01/2017)

Crisis of confidence: If three elections are to be held by next January, parties need to strike an immediate deal (kp 16/01/2017)

‘Local elections by May-end’: PM Dahal’s political adviser Chakrapani Khanal says dates will be announced in 10 days: Ruling Maoist Centre  and NC ‘unwilling’ to wait until the amendment bill  is passed to announce  the local poll dates, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 13/01/2017)

Lawmakers want amendment bill to state poll dates (ht 10/01/2017)

Sub-panel seeks more time to talk poll-related bills: A meeting of the State Affairs Committee is expected to extend the deadline on Sunday (kp 08/01/2017)

EC ‘not well-prepared’ as elections draw near, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 03/01/2017), Election Commission preparing for local polls against all odds: The election-governing body may formally ask parties to register names for local polls in a week; Officials believe the decision could spur parties into shifting their focus towards elections, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/01/2017), EC to estimate the number of parties contesting polls (rep 05/01/2017), Printing ballot papers for local elections may take two months: EC, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 06/01/2017)

EC needs five laws, admin centres for local polls by May, by Prakash Acharya (ht 01/01/2017)

‘Govt may ask EC to prepare for elections’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/12/2016) [And what about corresponding laws that are a preconditions for the preparation of elections?]

Govt drops right to reject provision in elections: Experts describe move as regressive, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 30/12/2016)

EC to have less time as election laws unlikely before a month: 11-member taskforce will submit its report to State Affairs Committee after sorting contentious issues (kp 25/12/2016)

Voter list updated in Mountain districts (kp 25/12/2016)

Local elections: Apex court sets up amicus curiae; Seeks opinion from six experts to decide on whether to hold polls under existing structure or new set-up (kp 22/12/2016), Sub-committee(s) to finalise election laws: Three election related bills have been languishing at the State Affairs Committee of Parliament for more than two months (kp 22/12/2016), Sub-panel formed to finalise threepoll-related bills (kp 23/12/2016)

PM rules out local polls in old set-up (kp 21/12/2016)

Parties divided over choice of poll modality, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 15/12/2016)

Govt registers two poll related bills: Up to three-year jail term, Rs 2 lakh fine proposed for those violating election laws, by Prakash Acharya (ht 15/12/2016)

Lack of election laws puts EC in a fix, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/12/2016), All nine election-related bills still in pipeline, by Ashok Dahal (rep 13/12/2016)

Parties mulling civic polls under existing structure (ht 13/12/2016)

UML, Madhesi parties doubt polls by constitution deadline, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 12/12/2016)

Local bodies told to help EC update voter list (ht 11/12/2016)

Bill proposes hike in penalty for poll-related offences (kp 06/12/2016)

Early local polls crucial to holding four layers of election in next 14 months: Clouds of uncertainty  hang over elections after the government registered a constitution amendment bill in Parliament, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/12/2016)

PM proposes local polls by mid-April, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/12/2016) [??], Four parties discuss holding local polls (rep 01/12/2016)

EC working on voter list (kp 30/11/2016)

Legal hurdle remains in Nepalis voting from abroad (kp 29/11/2016)

No election without political consensus: CEC Yadav (rep 29/11/2016)

Lawmakers want voting age to be lowered to 16 years (ht 26/11/2016)

Fringe parties against vote threshold to ensure seat for party in Parliament, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/11/2016) [This was to be expected but the number of parties in parliament has to be reduced dramatically if Nepal shall have a chance for reasonable politics in future!], ig and small parties sharply divided over vote threshold (rep 26/11/2016)

21 January 2018: Nepal’s politics is sliding towards the edge of the cliff, and there isn’t much time left to meet the deadline for an elected Federal Parliament (nt 25/11/2016)

Civil society urges government to announce local election date (kp 23/11/2016)

Govt, EC at odds over right to fix poll date, by Kosh Raj Koirala (kp 23/11/2016)

EC should declare poll date: Nidhi (kp 21/11/2016)

EC starts updating voter rolls in 21 districts from today (rep 19/11/2016)

52 parties fail to re-registerTo be barred from upcoming polls if decision is not reviewed, says CEC (kp 16/11/2016)

Lawmakers push for stronger EC (kp 14/11/2016), EC seeks more authority for free, fair polls (ht 14/11/2016)

EC updating voters’ list in 21 districts in first phase, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/11/2016)

‘Public funding of parties necessary to check poll anomalies’ (ht 08/11/2016) [??]

EC wants power to announce poll dates, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 06/11/2016)

Local bodies’ support sought to update electoral rolls (ht 05/11/2016)

Only three of nine election-related bills arrive in parliament (rep 28/10/2016)

Local polls in mid-March: CEC (kp 27/10/2016)

Proposed Electoral Bills: Some Provisions Questioned, by Mukti Rijal (rn 27/10/2016)

EC asks parties to furnish details for re-registration: The notice follows two rounds of talks with the parties about finding a common view on re-registration (kp 21/10/2016)

Better get going: Denial of local democracy has resulted in grievous injury to almost every aspect of national life, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp 21/10/2016)

Provide Autonomy: Election Commission should be empowered to announce as well as organise elections (kp 18/10/2016)

3 poll bills land in House panel (kp 17/10/2016), Poll bill proposals give EC more teeth: Clause 15 of the bill states that a political party should hold intra-party election at least once every five years in line with the statute of the concerned party (kp 17/10/2016)

NC, UML register proposals to amend poll-related bills: Say atleast 3pc votes must to get berth in parliament, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 08/10/2016)

Govt removes key provisions in poll related bills: Two or more parties can fight an election under the same election symbol after forming an alliance, by Prakash Acharya (ht 04/10/2016), Flawed bills: The Election Commission’s proposal allowing two or more political parties to take part in elections jointly under one single election symbol is flawed (ht 05/10/2016), The five basics: Reforms proposed in draft bills should be tabled in parliament in their original form and should on no account be mutilated based on whims and fancies of bureaucrats, by Ila Sharma, Election Commissioner (rep 05/10/2016), EC against revising draft bills for polls: The commission says key clauses have been either changed or dropped, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/10/2016), Big III want key provisions of poll bills changed, by Prakash Acharya (ht 07/10/2016), Big parties propose differing thresholds: Small parties against any threshold; EC should fix election dates: UML, by Ashok Dahal (rep 07/10/2016), NC to discuss EC issue with other parties (kp 07/10/2016)

Deuba calls for timely local elections (kp 28/09/2016), Oli demands poll roadmap (kp 28/09/2016), Local Government: Fulfill Commitment To Hold Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn 29/09/2016)

Electoral reforms: The main objective of providing the public fund to the political parties is to discourage the interest groups from getting their vested interests served through legal means (ht 28/09/2016), Govt registering bill denying EC power to set poll dates (rep 28/09/2016)

Submission of audit report: Election authority proposes axing defiant parties, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/09/2016), 11 parties removed from EC register (kp 24/09/2016)

EC should be vested with authority to announce election dates: Sharma, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/09/2016)

EC says 6 months for poll preparations (kp 29/08/2016)

Democracy 2.0: There is no reason why Nepali citizens should not get to vote over the internet, by Mahesh Singh Kathayat and Bimal Pratap Shah (kp 28/08/2016)

PM Dahal directs EC to start poll preparations, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/08/2016), Local body restructuring: NC makes a pitch for at least 1,000 units; Deuba says elections a must, calls for consensus on statute amendment, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 23/08/2016) [Mr Deuba, you were the one who dissolved the last elected local bodes for political motives in 2002!!]

Direct Election To A Chief Executive And Prosperity, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 21/08/2016)

EC ready to hold elections by January 2018: Yadav (ht 18/08/2016)

EC proposes 1.5 pc threshold for PR system: Also wants to bar candidates from contesting more than one constituency under FPTP, by Sangeet Sangrouls (ht 10/08/2016), EC for mandatory one-third women representatives (rep 11/08/2016)

Can’t work on polls sans local body report: EC (kp (10/08/2016)

NC, Maoist Centre for holding local elections in Feb-March, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 28/07/2016)

Effective electoral justice mechanism a must: Chief Justice (ht 26/07/2016)

Yadav okayed as election chief, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/07/2016), CEC Yadav assumes office (kp 12/07/2016)

Preparing for the polls: The many and varied complexities of restructuring local bodies should be understood, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 06/07/2016)

Laws must be in place first to hold polls: EC; PM Oli visits commission office to enquire about its preparedness, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 28/06/2016) [Govt and politicians think they can run the state by declarations and statements!]

EC moots public funding for parties, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/06/2016), State funding for elections: Money and muscle, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht 29/06/2016)

Election at all levels by Dec 2017: PM Oli (ht 16/06/2016), PM reaffirms local polls by mid-December, by Sangeet Sagroula (rep 16/06/2016)

Pun calls for polls in package (kp 05/06/2016), We should hold all three elections simultaneously under a unity govt, interview with Barsha Man Pun (kp 06/06/2016)

NC leader Singh proposes holding elections at all levels (ht 13/05/2016)

NC against civic polls under existing structures: UDMF also demands election to local bodies only after restructuring federal units, by Prakash Acharya (ht 10/05/2016), Cong objects to plan to hold local polls by Dec, by Binod Ghimre (kp 10/05/2016), Conditions must be met for local polls, says Election Commission (ht 10/05/2016), Local polls by December? Leaders say there’s a catch: Call for resolving political and technical complexities before elections, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 11/05/2016), NC, UCPN-M rule out possibility of civic polls (ht 11/05/2016), Cong criticises govt’s policies, programmes (kp 11/05/2016), NC opposes local election plans (rep 11/05/2016), Hold local polls: As the largest party in parliament, Nepali Congress should have welcomed the plan of holding the local polls (ht 11/05/2016) [It has been NC chairman Deuba who dissolved the local bodies in 2002 for base motives! Obviously, he still wants to have them being dissolved forever!!]

EC proposes bill to fund parties, by Prakash Acharya (ht 28/04/2016)

EC working out plan to curb rigging, by Prakash Acharya (ht 11/04/2016)

India ex-poll chief for EC autonomy; Quraishi: Since Nepal’s election commission has no right to set the date, elections are not being held periodically (kp 06/04/2016)

Still pending: Local elections can institutionalise democratic processes or they can be a political tool, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 06/04/2016)

Cabinet for amending Local Body Election Procedure Act (ht 02/04/2016), Local poll law moves forward: Cabinet decides to submit draft to Bill Committee under Prime Minister’s Office for final look before tabling it in Parliament, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 02/04/2016)

Election Commission wary of missing out on poll window (kp 22/03/2016)

Trials and errors: Hopefully Nepal will adopt best practices of other democracies to produce less flawed election results, by Pramod Mishra (kp 17/03/2016)

Speaker sends back CC recommendation of Yadav for EC chief (rep 11/03/2016)

Election Commission scraps registration of 15 political parties (ht 07/03/2016), Minister weighs case against EC: Prem Bahadur Singh says he will challenge Election Commission’s decision to scrap his Samajbadi Janata Party at Supreme Court (kp 10/03/2016)

Parties to report progress towards inclusion (kp 04/03/2016) [There will be hardly something to report!]

Parties not ensuring full representation to be crossed off EC list: Political parties need to ensure inclusive representation of women, Dalits and marginalised groups in their working committees and those of their sister organisations (kp 28/02/2016)

Election commission seeks mandate to fix election dates (rep 23/02/2016)

Dispute on hearings committee delays EC chief appointment, by Ashok Dahal (rep 08/02/2016)

Ex-EC commissioners suggest 1.5 pc threshold for PR seats (ht 02/02/2016), Fringe parties not for vote threshold (kp 06/02/2016)

EC urges prime minister to fix local election date (kp 08/01/2016)

Money in politics: In South Asia, elections are treated as festivals and voters as consumers of lies, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 22/12/2015)

Ayodhee Yadav recommended as new EC chief (kp 09/12/2015)

Preparations begin to fill vacancies in EC (kp 07/11/2015)

Election of local bodies still uncertain (ht 26/10/2015) [Party leaders don't need local elections! They are only interested in their power games at the centre, nothing else!]

Proportional representation: Start with humble threshold, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht 13/08/2015)

EC seeks more teeth for electoral reforms, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 20/07/2015)

Local polls possible only after December: EC (kp 17/07/2015)

Exclusionary elections: The draft consitution needs to restrict special representation to politically excluded groups, by Seira Tamang (kp 10/07/2015)

Sharma: Let EC announce elections (kp 10/07/2015)

Govt urged to hold local body election (kp 18/04/2015)

We should adopt fully proportional electoral system, interview with former Secretary and Chief Election Commissioner Bhojraj Pokhrel (rep 16/04/2015)

Baglung by-election today (kp 11/04/2015), Baglung-1 bypoll held peacefully (ht 12/04/2015), 73pc voters cast ballot in Baglung: By-election results to be out Sunday (kp 12/04/2015), NC candidate elected from Baglung-1, by Prakash Baral (kp), Khadka of NC wins; UCPN-M forfeits deposit (ht 14/04/2015)

Worth the paper? The use of machines in voting has definitely advantages; A vote once recorded in EVM cannot be tampered with, by Birendra Prasad Mishra (rep 19/03/2015)

EC bars nominations in Baglung-1 by-polls (ht 11/03/2015), 13 contenders file candidacy, by Prakash Baral (kp 16/03/2015)

UCPN-M fields Sharma for Baglung-1 by-poll (ht 08/03/2015), Sharma drops out of race for CA By-poll (kp 15/03/2015)

EC mulls reforms in election code of conduct (rep 04/02/2015)

New election code of conduct being formulated: Uprety (ht 03/02/2015)

Party finances: Election body to take action for non-compliance (kp 02/02/2015)

152 parties yet to submit expenditure details to EC (rep 26/01/2015)

EC to start voter registration from Jan 15 (reep 24/12/2014)

EC for 3 pc threshold, MMPR system (ht 24/12/2014)

Petition against Dahal quashed (ht 18/12/2014)

EC plans to be independent poll governing body, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 15/12/2014)

Uprety urges PM for EC’s independence (ht 05/12/2014)

Electoral model becomes more vital, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 21/11/2014)

Take action against those hiding poll expenses: EC (kp 18/11/2014)

‘Journos followed election code’ (ht 18/11/2014), CA poll media monitoring: Maoists got 68pc space on radio, TV (kp 19/11/2014), Broadsheet dailies covered CA polls fairly: EC report (rep 19/11/2014)

Poll talks: Election laws should undergo periodic changes to keep pace with time and socio-political developments in the country, by Motikala Subba Dewan (kp 16/11/2014)

32 candidates in Banke yet to submit election expenditure details, Arjun Oli (rep 20/10/2014)

Experts air views on election system (ht 17/10/2014)

Ballot papers of CA polls recovered (kp 10/10/2014)

Task force for phase-wise diaspora voting, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 24/09/2014)

PR poll system riddled with faulty provisions: CEC Upreti (ht 14/09/2014), Parties misused PR system: CEC Uprety; Nilamber opposes HLPC, roundtable (rep 14/09/2014)

Local body polls: Women ask govt for equal participation, by Chahana Sigdel (kp 04/09/2014), '50 pc women representation must in local polls' (kp 04/09/2014)

Vote fraud probe needs more time (kp 03/09/2014)

EC fines 1,497 CA election candidates (kp 28/08/2014)

EC refutes rigging claims, seeks ‘autonomy’ (kp 22/08/2014), Electoral laws: ‘CA Court stricture impractical’, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht 22/08/2014)

Parties divided over local polls (kp 25/07/2014)

Parliamentary panel begins ‘vote rigging’ investigation (kp 22/07/2014)

EC in bid to ensure votingright of Nepalis abroad (ht 19/07/2014)

CA Court seeks ballot papers, documents of Morang-4 (rep 07/07/2014)

Poll expense details: EC slaps 18 parties with Rs 1,000 fine (ht 05/07/2014) [This is absolutely ridiculous!!!]

By-polls in four constituencies: EC says winners may be declared by this evening, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 23/06/2014), 66 percent turnout in CA by-elections, by Santosh Ghimire (rep 23/06/2014), CA by-elections record high voter turnout (ht 23/06/2014)

Cast your ballot without fear: EC (kp 21/06/2014)

By-election fever grips Kailali (ht 20/06/2014)

Voter ID issuance from Friday (kp 19/06/2014)

EC asks PM, DPM to explain poll code violation (kp 15/06/2014)

By-election preparation in final stage: CEC Uprety (kp 14/06/2014)

Security to be beefed up for by-election in Kathmandu-2 (ht 03/06/2014)

EC directs Kapilvastu to keep Nov 19 ballots safe (ht 31/05/2014)

By-election preparations almost complete, says CEC Uprety (kp 24/05/2014), EC to use EVMs in by-elections set for June 22 (ht 24/05/2014)

Major parties begin preparations for June by-elections (ht 22/05/2014)

EC publishes by-election schedule for 4 constituencies (nn 15/05/2014)

EC appoints returning officers for by-election (rep 14/05/2014)

Election offices to open (kp 12/05/2014)

Election expenditure: Action awaits 24 parties, 2,964 candidates (kp 11/05/2014)

DPMs contradict each other on local election (kp 10/05/2014)

Committee calls for reforms in PR system (ht 07/05/2014)

Local polls after statute: Gautam (ht 06/05/2014)

Voters can enjoy ‘right to  reject’ in by-elections (ht 04/05/2014)

EC spending unbridled: Report (kp 28/04/2014)

Tougher law on poll spending (kp 23/04/2014)

EC starts enforcing bypoll code (ht 21/04/2014), EC code of coduct for CA by-elections (rep 21/04/2014), Voter roll update from next week (kp 23/04/2014)

EC proposes amendment of local body act 2048 (nn 18/04/2014), Parties to ensure 50% candidacy for women in local polls, by Santosh Ghimire (rep 18/04/2014), Centre against periphery: There is no political will for local elections anong Kathmandu's smug and self-absorbed rulers (nt 18/04/2014), Vacuum in the villages: Nepalis are paying a heavy price  for the absence of local elections, by Kunda Dixit (nt 18/04/2014)

Conducting local elections: Politicians renege on their pledge, by Mukti Rijal (ht 15/04/2014)

Koirala alters local election plans (ht 12/04/2014)

CA by-polls to be held on June 22 (kp 11/04/2014), By-election in four constituencies to be held on June 22 (ht 11/04/2014)

Writing before rhetoric: It would be wiser for donors to push for the timely writing of the constitution instead of local polls, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 11/04/2014), Think nationally, act locally: Federalism and local elections are not contradictory, they are two sides of the same coin, by Damakant Jayshi (nt 11/04/2014)

Local body election law amendment: Poll panel proposes 50  percent female candidacy, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 05/04/2014), EC in talks with women leaders (kp 07/04/2014)

CA Court order on Nepal’s poll victory (ht 03/04/2014)

Local elections by mid-June: PM (ht 31/03/2014) [Please don't ridicule the people!!], Local polls impossible by June-end, says CEC Uprety, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 31/03/2014), Election intention: NC-UML need do assure Maoists and Madhesi parties that local elections will not affect the federalism agenda, by Dipendra Jha (kp 01/04/2014)

Parties share seats of 26 lawmakers (kp 28/03/2014) [This is once again a fundamental violation of the constitution! These seats are not reserved for any parties!!!]

EC urges govt to clear its position on local election, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 26/03/2014)

CA court scraps  complaint against KC (kp 20/03/2014)

Govt steps up preparations for local polls, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 19/03/2014), EC yet to garner parties’ backing in holding local polls, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 19/03/2014)

Local bodies’ elections: An urgent need, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (ht 19/03/2014)

Ministry initiates process to amend local election laws (kp 18/03/2014)

CA Court suspends RPP-N member (kp 18/03/2014), RPP-N lawmaker's CA membership stayed (ht 18/03/2014)

Local polls can be held in May-June if there is political will, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety, Chief Election Commissioner (kp 17/03/2014)

Major parties divided over holding local polls (kp 13/03/2014)

Congress does not want CDOs to conduct local polls, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 12/03/2014)

Talks on to conduct local elections before June 14 (ht 11/03/2014), Local polls in status quo against federalism: Upendra Yadav (ht 11/03/2014), Of the people: Holding local elections within the next six months will require consideration of a host of factors, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp 11/03/2014)

EC: Revise laws to conduct local polls by May-end, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 10/03/2014), Govt policy to stress on early local elections (kp 10/03/2014), Local polls after statute, says Minister Nidhi (ht 10/03/2014), Local polls in status quo against federalism: Upendra Yadav (ht 10/03/2014), UCPN-M for local polls after drafting statute (ht 10/03/2014), Myagdi leaders for elections before constitution delivery (ht 10/03/2014), A useful campaign: For local elections to happen, NC-UML need to reach out to other parties (kp 10/03/2014)

Local Elections: Not Yet Focal, by Abhijit Sharma (sp 07/03/2014)

EC starts local poll work: Forms two separate committees for the purpose, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 03/03/2014), Govt has two weeks to fix local poll dates: CEC (ht 03/03/2014), Local Election Rhetoric, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 03/03/2014), Go local: NC-UML must assure all others that local: elections will be fair and independent (kp 04/03/2014), Congress plans nationwide move targeting local polls (kp 07/03/2014), UML asks govt to announce date (kp 07/03/2014), Majority of people want election: Carter Center (kp 07/03/2014), Local development ministry ready for civic elections (ht 08/03/2014)

PR rules not practical: Uprety (ht 03/03/2014)

165 CA candidates yet to submit election bills (ht 01/03/2014) [related to Saptari]

Parties yet to clear publicity materials (ht 28/02/2014)

Leaders misuse PR system to send kin to CA (ht 28/02/2014)

Poll expenditure details: EC seeks action against violators (kp 20/02/2014)

RPP-Nepal taken to task over nominations (ht 18/02/2014), Stay order on UCPN-Maoist PR candidate’s CA membership (ht 18/02/2014)

Election panel seeks govt letter for local, by-polls (kp 17/02/2014), EC for local bodies polls before mid-June (ht 17/02/2014)

Local Body Elections Best Remedy To Local Malaise, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 15/02/2014)

Make political parties’ financials transparent: EU EOM (nn 14/02/2014) [see report], EU EOM-N seeks statutory safeguard for PR seats (rep 15/02/2014)

Double winners withdraw from one constituency (nn 05/02/2014), Four leaders withdraw constituency (kp 06/02/2014)

EC ready for local election: Commissioner (rep 28/01/2014), ‘EC working to hold local polls’ (kp 01/02/2014), Congress, UML gear up for local election, by Birendra KC (kp 03/02/2014)

EC to begin voter roll update from February (kp 19/01/2014)

Majority of parties in breach of EC rules, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 17/01/2014), Party funding: Challenge For Transparency, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 18/01/2014), Kick them all out! all out! Most of our political parties have yet to submit their financial reports, and have been flouting deadlines time and again. But the Election Commission is turning a blind eye to it all, by Guffadi (kp 18/01/2014)

Electoral democracy: Weighing the PR system, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht 13/01/2014)

The wrong faces: The Proportional Representation system in its present form defies its very purpose of ensuring inclusion, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp 12/01/2014)

CA hopes dashed, driver also loses job: His boss, who didn’t get the Nepali Congress proportional representation seat, has however, retained his chair (ht 12/01/2014)

CA Court refuses to stay Dahal’s victory in Siraha: Seeks proof to substantiate vote rigging allegation (ht 11/01/2014)

PR seats allocation irregularity to be probed (ht 10/01/2014), CA Court summons RPP-N over PR list (ht 10/01/2014)

Election office negligence delays return of candidates’ deposit (ht 09/01/2014)

Petition against nomination of politicos in CA (ht 09/01/2014)

Scrap PR Electoral System, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 09/01/2014) [Better scrap the FPTP system which has been even more misused than the PR system, and please reform the latter!!], Need for change: The Proportional Representation system needs to be reformed, not abandoned, by Leena Rikkila Tamang (kp 10/01/2014)

SC: Allow voters right to reject (kp 06/01/2014), Govt told to ensure negative voting right, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht 06/01/2014), SC gives voters right to reject poll candidates (rep 06/01/2014), A new dimension (ht 07/01/2014), Timely verdict: Right to reject provision (rep 07/01/2014)

Only 40 Kavre candidates ‘have furnished poll expense details’ (ht 05/01/2014)

CA Court refuses stay order against KC's win (ht 04/01/2014)

Disputes highlight flaws in PR method, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 03/01/2014) [The flaws in the FPTP system are even worse as the non-inclusive selection of candidates proves!!], Voices raised against PR system (kp 05/01/2014), An Urgent Call To Reform PR System, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 05/01/2014) [It's true, the PR needs improvements, fundamental reforms of the FPTP system and democratization of the parties are far more urgent!!], Siraha will be sending 20 representatives to new CA (ht), Many PR seats for home districts of party bosses, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep) [The behaviour of the party bosses is a special kind of corruption and nepotism!!], PR berth for murder accused leaves victim's family dejected (rep 05/01/2014)

PR lists irk party rank and file in backward areas (rep 02/01/2014), Dissatisfaction in parties over selection of PR candidates (rep 02/01/2014), Surgery gone wrong: Proportional Representation (rep 02/01/2014) [Not the system is weak but the party leaders whose continued violation of constitution and laws is justified a a necessity!!], PR Seats Breed Problem, by BG (rn 02/01/2014), Amid dissatisfaction over PR nominations, EC’s deadline expires today (nn 02/01/2014)

EC turns down RPP-N faction’s pleas, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 01/01/2014)

PR lists submitted amid resentments (kp 31/12/2013), Dozen NC central leaders object (kp 31/12/2013), Nepali Congress PR lawmakers (list) (kp 31/12/2013), NC submits PR list (ht 31/12/2013), Cong submits PR list with 67 new faces, by Prakash Acharya (ht 31/12/2013), NC picks 91 PR names amid note of dissent, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 31/12/2013), Dahal hands in names despite deputies’ dissent (kp 31/12/2013), UCPN (Maoist) PR list (kp 31/12/2013), UCPN-M gives candidates’ names to EC: Bhattarai, Shrestha express dissatisfaction, boycott meeting, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 31/12/2013), Maoist top brass divided as PR final list submitted, by Ashok Dahal (rep 31/12/2013), Spouses, aides in Madhes PR lists (kp 31/12/2013), Wives of 3 party chiefs in Madhesi parties' PR lists (rep 31/12/2013), RPP-N splits over seat row, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/12/2013), RPP-N splits over PR seats dispute, by Jivesh Jha (rep 31/12/2013), Post-poll euphoria fizzles out as RPP-Nepal splits (ht 31/12/2013), Ashok Rai party gives EC deadline a miss (kp 31/12/2013)

Losers more profligate in poll expenses, by Dhruba Subedi (rep 30/12/2013)

18 candidates yet to submit poll expense details (ht 29/12/2013)

KUSL: Debate on Elections Results (sp 27/12/2013)

Independents lose costly battle in Kapilvastu-4, by Manoj Poudel (kp 23/12/2013)

We are ready to hold local elections: CEC Upreti (nn 23/12/2013), EC for local polls by mid-April (rep 24/12/2013)

Students remove poll campaign materials, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp 22/12/2013) [This is unpaid child labour! Students should study. Nepal needs a law that binds the political parties to remove poll campaign materials until a special date after elections under penalty of severe fines!!]

CA polls, vote counting credible: Carter Center (kp 20/12/2013)

Candidates filing poll cost details (kp 20/12/2013)

Rank and file: Future elections must require the submission of ranked PR lists (kp 19/12/2013) [Yes, and please make the inclusive selection of FPTP candidates binding!!!]

40 FPTP candidates fail to submit details of election expenses (ht 18/12/2013)

Rs 4.84 billion spent on CA polls (nn 17/12/2013)

Mulling people’s right to reject: The Nepali context, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (ht 16/12/2013)

Complaints against PR candidates (ht 09/12/2013), UML CC likely to okay PR list  criteria today (ht 09/12/2013), Four parties submit PR candidates’ names (ht 09/12/2013), RPP-N finalizes PR list of candidates (rep 09/12/2013), RPP-N finalises PR candidates (nn 09/12/2013), With one day to go, only five parties submit PR candidates (nn 09/12/2013), NC urges Election Commission to extend PR name list submission deadline by five days (rep 09/12/2013)

Only 3 parties submit list of PR candidates, so far (rep 08/12/2013), RPP-Nepal, RPP to submit names of PR candidates today (ht 08/12/2013)

NC, UML begin selection of candidates (kp 07/12/2013), CPN-UML to hold CC meet on Dec 9 to pick PR candidates (ht 07/12/2013), RJ finalizes its PR candidates (rep 07/12/2013), Dahal gets CA Court summons: Six more victory related cases filed (ht 07/12/2013), Dissenting parties to team up (ht 07/12/2013), Dahal blames army for poll rout (ht 07/12/2013), CPN-Maoist to declare CA illegal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 07/12/2013)

Maoist vote claim baseless: Army (kp 06/12/2013), NA denies vote fraud: To hold review meeting Monday, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 06/12/2013), Pun takes vote rigging charge to CA Court (kp 06/12/2013), Polls Conclude But Dissatisfaction Over Results Persist, by Gani Ansari (rep 06/12/2013)

Filling seats: The parties must remember that PR was introduced to make the CA more inclusive (kp 05/12/2013), UML sets criteria to pick PR candidates: Choosing Khas-Arya members for Constituent Assembly an uphill task, by Arjun Bhandari (ht 05/12/2013), Madhesi Parties Have Few PR Seats, Many Aspirants, by Jivesh Jha (rep 05/12/2013), Alleged vote rigging: Maoists point finger at EC, Army: EC rubbishes fraud claims, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 05/12/2013), UCPN-M task force says there’s proof of rigging (ht 05/12/2013), EC circular was guideline for vote fraud: Maoists (rep 05/12/2013), Plaint filed in CA court against Gachhadar (kp 05/12/2013), Gachhadar’s win challenged in CA Court (ht 05/12/2013)

EC allocates PR CA seats to 30 winning parties (kp 04/12/2013), PR seats allotted, 30 parties make it to CA: Nine of them, including UCPN-M, snub EC meet (ht 04/12/2013), EC to proceed with allocation of PR seats (rep 04/12/2013), Fewer invalid votes this time around (kp 04/12/2013), Invalid vote percentage down, but marginally (ht 04/12/2013), 90 defeated parties demand inclusion in CA (ht 04/12/2013)

EC allocates PR seats; 30 parties in new CA: Seat allocation to be made public today, by Gani Ansari (rep 03/12/2013), 30 parties get PR seats (nn 03/12/2013), NC Struggles To Finalize PR List As Aspirants Pile Pressure (rep 03/12/2013), UCPN (M), allies to shun EC meet (kp 03/12/2013), Many facts prove rigging: UCPN-M probe panel (ht 03/12/2013), Govt insists polls were fair, refutes vote rigging claims (ht 03/12/2013), CA court summons NC CA member (ht 03/12/2013), Govt amending Act for holding local body elections (ht 03/12/2013), Financial assistance for casualties during election (nn 03/12/2013)

High time for local level election, says CEC Uprety (rep 02/12/2013)

EC to allocate PR seats by Monday (rep 01/12/2013)

EC revises PR vote count: May announce party-wisefinal seat tally tomorrow (ht 30/11/2013), Proportional seats: Parties get a week to pick candidates (kp 30/11/2013), Election campaigns help swell deposits, by Dikshya Singh (ht 30/11/2013)

PR vote count over, NC, UML may get 91, 84 seats, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 29/11/2013), NC on top after final vote count; Hung parliament yet again; 31 parties to have representation in CA, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/11/2013), PR vote count ends, threshold on Sunday: At least 19,000 votes may secure a PR seat: EC official, by Gani Ansari (rep 29/11/2013), Dalits, marginalised suffer election blow in 16 eastern districts, by Lila Vallav Ghimire (kp 29/11/2013), Denied ticket, dissident shows the way, by Manoj Poudel (kp 29/11/2013), Going Local: This year, voters supported candidates familiar with their constituencies, by Dambar Krishna Shrestha (nt 29/11/2013), Assaults on the rise after election (ht 29/11/2013), Winning candidates tired, ill (ht 29/11/2013)

CA stokes inclusion fears: Only 10 women, 63 Janajatis, 2 Dalits won FPTP polls (kp 28/11/2013), Final PR results likely today: EC says voter turnout on Nov 19 could be 78 percent (kp 28/11/2013), NC continues to lead in PR votes: Count likely to end today (ht 28/11/2013), Poll violence was up in central dists, by Laxmi Sah (kp 28/11/2013), 14 parties demand poll rigging charge probe (ht 28/11/2013), EC to dissatisfied parties: Go to court (kp 28/11/2013), EC Suggests legal remedy for disgruntled, by Gani Ansari (rep 28/11/2013), PR candidates off to Capital to grab seats, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 28/11/2013)

NC way ahead in PR vote count (kp 27/11/2013), NC maintains lead in PR count (ht 27/11/2013), NC, UML to probe defeat of their candidates (ht 27/11/2013) [??], In erstwhile red fort, 'true' communists pushed to corner, by Raju Adhikari (kp 27/11/2013), Madhes parties lose security deposits (ht 27/11/2013), Madhesi Forces Defiant Despite Defeat, by Jivesh Jha (rep 27/11/2013), EC Lifts Election Code Of Conduct, by Gani Ansari (rep 27/11/2013), EC meeting dissatisfied parties over vote-rigging (kp 27/11/2013), Charges baseless: Gupta (kp 27/11/2013), Women representation in new CA: Rights activists dread fall in numbers, by Weena Pun (kp 27/11/2013), Missing link: Marginalized representation (rep 27/11/2013), Guarantee Gender Equality In New Constitution : Women, by Anjali Subedi (rep 27/11/2013)

Cong gets past UML in PR race (kp 26/11/2013), 'Losing by slim margins more painful', by Benup Raj Bhattarai (rep 26/11/2013), Marginalized Groups Secure Lesser Seats Under FPTP (rep 26/11/2013), Plea to nullify Solukhumbu election (kp 26/11/2013), UCPN (Maoist) candidate moves CA court, by Gani Ansari (rep 26/11/2013), Ramechhap spreads out PR vote, by Gani Ansari (rep 26/11/2013), Humla family fined for not casting vote, by Jaya Bahadur Rokaya (kp 26/11/2013), State Expenses For CA Polls Around Rs 13b (rep 26/11/2013)

FPTP count nears end, NC, UML shine: UCPN (M) bags 25 seats so far; Last FPTP results from Saptari-2 expected today; 10 women win CA seats (kp 25/11/2013), New CA Likely To Have Fewer Parties: 'Over 22,000 PR votes may secure a CA seat', by Gani Ansari (rep 25/11/2013), Experts Suggest Giving 26 Nominee Seats To Women, by Anjali Subedi (rep 25/11/2013), UCPN (Maoist), allies to gather vote ‘fraud’ proof (kp 25/11/2013), Dahal, Baidya mull ‘working alliance’ (kp 25/11/2013), UCPN (Maoist) still unsure about CA Boycott (rep 25/11/2013), Gorkha voters urge UCPN (Maoist) to join CA, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 25/11/2013), More parties claim polls were ‘unfair’ (kp 25/11/2013), Call to probe Siraha-6 polls (kp 25/11/2013), UCPN (Maoist), MPRF-N, FSP To Discuss Poll 'irregularities' With EC (rep 25/11/2013), Nip it in the bud: EC must quickly probe allegations of electoral fraud so that the nation can move on (kp 25/11/2013), 93 held for poll violence charged with public offense, by Amar Khadka (rep 25/11/2013), Thousands of invalid votes in Dhanusa, by Suresh Yadav (rep 25/11/2013), Splits, Hunger For Power Behind Madhesi Parties´ Poor Show, by Jivesh Jha (rep 25/11/2013), UML maintains PR vote count lead, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/11/2013), Independent Candidate: Social worker elected to draft statute, by Rabindra Upreti (kp 25/11/2013), NC, UML sweep mid-Tarai (rep 25/11/2013), 5 secretaries Madhesi parties defeated (kp 25/11/2013), Leaders throng network sites (kp 25/11/2013), Winners visiting voters to extend their thanks, by Amrita Anamol (kp 25/11/2013), Winners and losers: The NC and UML cannot afford to ignore issues championed by the Maoists, Madhesis and Janajatis, by Dipendra Jha (kp 25/11/2013), UCPN (Maoist) must remain in the political process, interview with Mumaram Khanal (kp 25/11/2013), As you sow: Euphoria is in the air in Kathmandu following comeback of NC and UML; But only time will tell how long it will last and if it was justified, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 25/11/2013) [Neither is there consense between NC and UML nor do both together have the necessary two-thirds majority in the CA! Especially, the elected FPTP MPs are a non-inclusive lot that does in no way represent Nepal's society as it would be necessary!!]

Congress largest party in FPTP polls: Senior NC, CPN-UML leaders secure victories; many top UCPN (Maoist) leaders lose (kp 24/11/2013), NC emerges largest party under FPTP, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 24/11/2013), 232 First Past the Post results announced: NC wins 101, UML bags 90 constituencies: Proportional Representation vote counting continues; CPN-UML leading,Nepali Congress not so far behind (ht 24/11/2013), UML also Makes A Comeback (rep 24/11/2013), UML in PR lead (kp 24/11/2013), EC rejects election review (kp 24/11/2013), EC dismisses ‘foul play in election’ allegation (ht 24/11/2013), UCPN (M) not to deviate from peace, statute, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 24/11/2013), Our agenda thrive: Bhattarai (kp 24/11/2013), UCPN-M defends its agendas (ht 24/11/2013), Maoists analyse electoral debacle: Leaders term the unexpected results a ‘technical coup’ (ht 24/11/2013), Rivals plotted against us: UCPN (Maoist) leaders (kp 24/11/2013), UCPN-M loses Bagmati bastion (ht 24/11/2013), UCPN-M wiped out from three zones: Gets not even one seat in 29 constituencies (ht 24/11/2013), UCPN (Maoist) sweeps votes in Rolpa, by Hira Bahadur Ghartimagar (rep 24/11/2013), Gorkha sweep fails to excite Maoists, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 24/11/2013), NC, UML Gain Ground In Mid-west, by Kalendra Sujuwal (rep 24/11/2013), Double delight for Koirala, Nepal, Gautam: Dahal, Bhattarai, Khanal, Gacchadar fail to win from two constituencies, by Jaya Ram Gautam (kp 24/11/2013), For some leaders elections but mean a win (ht 24/11/2013), Big names Who Lost Their Deposits (rep 24/11/2013), Four party chiefs defeated in Sarlahi, by Santosh Singh (rep 24/11/2013), Repolling held in Saptari (kp 24/11/2013), 16 parties in Dhading flunk in PR (ht 24/11/2013), Police gear up to tackle post-poll violence: Winners, their rallies to be guarded (kp 24/11/2013), ‘Few’ women win under FPTP polls, by Pragati Shahi (kp 24/11/2013), Number of invalid votes increases, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 24/11/2013), Invalid votes down in Makawanpur (ht 24/11/2013), 3,999 ballots cancelled (ht 24/11/2013), KMC Urges Parties To Remove Poll Publicity Materials From Public Places, by Arjun Poudel (rep 24/11/2013), Congress’ Paudel says constitution within a year (ht 24/11/2013) [This will depend on your close cooperation and willingness to concessions towards CPN-UML and UCPN-M! In the first CA you have been the boycotting party even though NC had been the loser in the election!!], Behind the success: Technical reform processes initiated by the EC were largely responsible for the 70 percent voter turnout this election, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 24/11/2013), Part of the problem: Our leaders have become instrumental in handing over to Delhi the key to Nepal’s internal affairs, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp 24/11/2013), Experts in Delhi for unity among Nepali parties, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp 24/11/2013), Winners and losers: NC and UML won this time because they were the least divisive political forces, not because they were the most exciting options, by Mukesh Khanal (rep 24/11/2013)

NC, UML leave Maoists far behind: UML heavyweights Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhala Nath Khanal, Subas Nembang secure victory; NC's Gagan Thapa, RC Poudel win (kp 23/11/2013), UML takes lead as PR ballot count begins (kp 23/11/2013), NC takes pole position (rep 23/11/2013), Maoist chief urged to stay within CA process: Int'l community's concern (kp 23/11/2013), Prez tells Dahal not to run from duty: UCPN (Maoist) calls its leaders to the Capital to assess election results (kp 23/11/2013), 'UCPN (M) to participate in Constituent Assembly' (nn 23/11/2013), Dear Comrade: A heartfelt letter to the forgetful man who once did this and then did that, by Zahra Sen (kp 23/11/2013), Senior Madhesi leaders contend with defeat (kp 23/11/2013), MJF-Nepal boycotts vote-count: Seven other parties follow suit, by Bhim Ghimire (kp 23/11/2013), Madhesi Parties Join Chorus Against Election Results, by Jivesh Jha (rep 23/11/2013), Five gen secys lose in a district (kp 23/11/2013), Changing fortunes: Nepal, Oli bounce back; Pun, Shrestha out (rep 23/11/2013), Khatun Epitomizes Women's Victory In Bara -4, by Anjali Subedi (rep 23/11/2013)

Cong, UML in tight race to the top (kp 22/11/2013), UML takes lead, NC closely follows (rep 22/11/2013), NC, UML gain in Capital (kp 22/11/2013), UCPN (M) leaders seek poll review (kp 22/11/2013), UCPN (Maoist) Cries Foul, Threatens To Boycott CA (rep 22/11/2013), Don’t rock the boat, civil society tells UCPN (M) (kp 22/11/2013) [Please give them some time to understand! NC and UML never accepted their defeat in 2008 as well and this contributed to the failure of the first CA!!], Exercise Restraint Until The Entire Results Are Out: EC (rep 22/11/2013), Down, not out: Dahal should gracefully accept the election results and join the CA (kp 22/11/2013), Dangers of petulance: The Maoist withdrawal from the ballot-counting is hopefully temporary, and they will come back, humbled by the people’s verdict, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 22/11/2013), EC orders count halt in Siraha-5 (kp 22/11/2013), EC airlifts ballot boxes in inaccessible areas (kp 22/11/2013), EC airlifts ballot boxes in eight districts (kp 21/11/2013), Making a comeback, in style: The man who gave Dahal a drubbing, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/11/2013), Congress cadres rejoice in Capital: Venue sees wave of NC supporters as the party made a winning streak, by Weena Pun (kp 22/11/2013), Poll successful, says rights body (kp 22/11/2013), Int'l Observer Groups Say Polls Free, Fair (rep 22/11/2013) [But only if you disregard the aspect of missing inclusion!!], Polls better than in 2008, say int’l observers, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 22/11/2013), US, EU welcome CA election (kp 22/11/2013), The next step: Nepalis were disillusioned with the candidates on offer, not with democracy. That is the main take-home for the political parties (nt 22/11/2013), Voting in majority: From Mahottari to Morang, voters were openly receptive to elections and showed up in record numbers, by Anurag Acharya and Navin Jha (nt 22/11/2013), Another chance: Holding peaceful elections was the easy part, resolving the deadlock on the constitution will be harder, by Anurag Acharya (nt 22/11/2013), Sore losers: There will be no third chance for Nepal’s leaders to set things right, by Trishna Rana (nt 22/11/2013), Now, the constitution: Nepal once again showed the world its people believe in a peaceful, democratic way to select those who govern them, by George Varughese (nt 22/11/2013)

Time for e-change (rep 21/11/2013)

Awaiting the outcome: The electorate has voted in a drastically different manner this time around (kp 21/11/2013), Maoists distant third in early voting returns: Nepali Congress, UML ahead in initial vote count (kp 21/11/2013), Vote counting on in 149 constituencies: Early reports show 2008 winner UCPN-Maoist way behind (ht 21/11/2013), Split bad for UCPN (M), claim Baidya leaders (kp 21/11/2013), Statute vows helped us: NC, UML leaders (kp 21/11/2013), Madhes parties MJF-N, MF-L ahead (kp), Top leaders leading in districts (kp 21/11/2013), In prelims, bigwigs facing tough time (ht 21/11/2013), Dahal trailing NC’s  Rajan KC in capital (ht 21/11/2013), NC takes lead as vote counting continues (rep 21/11/2013), EC airlifts ballot boxes in eight districts (kp 21/11/2013), Ballot Boxes Stuck In Remote Districts (rep 21/11/2013), National poll observers say election largely successful (kp 21/11/2013), Women Voters Outnumber Men In Bhaktapur, by Pratibha Rawal (rep 21/11/2013), Vote counting stalled in Bhaktapur-1: Parties accuse election officer of changing stance on multi-stamped votes (ht 21/11/2013), Resume counting in Tanahun, demands NC (ht 21/11/2013), Counting delayed in Nuwakot (ht 21/11/2013), Disputes Hinder Vote Count, by Santosh Singh (rep 21/11/2013), Parties call for Sarlahi re-polling, by Aman Koirala (kp 21/11/2013), Irregularities alleged (ht 21/11/2013), TMDP accuses NC of capturing five booths (ht 21/11/2013), Feud brews in four districts (kp 21/11/2013), Disputes delay vote counting (kp 21/11/2013), Re-poll at Jumla booth on Friday, by D.B. Busha (rep 21/11/2013), EC Okays Vote Counting In Sarlahi-6, Dhanusha-5 (rep 21/11/2013), Vote-buying allegations in Parsa, by Bhushan Yadav (kp 21/11/2013), UCPN (Maoist) Cadres Thrashed In Thabang, by Hira Bahadur Ghartimagar (rep 21/11/2013), 15 locals thrashed in Rautahat (ht 21/11/2013), Kin of Bhotebahal blast victim slam government (ht 21/11/2013), Thapa’s social media campaign strikes right chord with youth (ht 21/11/2013), Nepalis flood social media with poll result updates (kp 21/11/2013), Pleased at polls parties pitch for progress, by Prakash Acharya (ht 21/11/2013), Striking out, by Deepak Thapa (kp 21/11/2013), Learning from the past, by Chiranjibi Kafle (kp 21/11/2013), Decoding the vote: The recors number of people turning out to vote, despite dangers to their life, is a sign of responsible citizenship, by Amol Acharya (rep 21/11/2013)

Voters’ victory: Nepali people have already won regardless of election results (kp 20/11/2013), Sovereign People Make CA Polls Historic: 70 percent voter turnout; Polling peaceful throughout the country, by Gani Ansari (rep 20/11/2013), People defy odds in high turnout vote: EC reports 70 percent overall turnout; Zero turnout in Rolpa’s Thawang; Counting to begin today, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 20/11/2013), Nepalis vote with fervour to elect second CA: EC upbeat about turnout, says it could be more than 70 per cent, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/11/2013), Huge voter turnout in several districts (rep 20/11/2013), 'Clean Electoral Rolls, Voter Awareness Key To Record Turnout', by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 20/11/2013), Lapses in electoral rolls irk voters, by Thira L. Bhusal and Prabhakar Ghimire (rep 20/11/2013), Huge Number Of Voters Barred From Casting Ballot Due To EC's Negligence, by Arjun Poudel (rep 20/11/2013), Anomalies reported; re-polling in 1 station, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/11/2013), Rolpa’s Thawang records nil voting, by Khem Budha (ht 20/11/2013), Zero Turnout At Thawang, by Hira Bahadur Ghartimagar (rep 20/11/2013)

‘Technical fault’ leaves people without right to vote (kp 19/11/2013)

EC cancels candidacy (ht 19/11/2013)

NYFN deploys 700 election observers nationwide (ht 19/11/2013)

Whither election observers? The deafening silence of observers on flagrant violations of electoral Code of Conduct foretells the kind of verdict they will give this election, by Madhu Raman Acharya (rep 18/11/2013)

CA election cost swells to Rs 50b: Observers advise avoiding frequent elections, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 18/11/2013)

Voters’ ID cards defective, replete with errors (ht 18/11/2013), Distribution of voter IDs to continue (nn 18/11/2013), Flawed voting ID cards irk voters no end: Many have complained that Election Commission goofed up ambitious project big time (ht 19/11/2013)

Sans citizenship, Chepangs left out, by Pratap Bista (kp 18/11/2013)

EC Preparing Gender Monitoring Report, by Anjali Subedi (rep 18/11/2013)

Election officials reach Rolpa polling booths after four days (ht 18/11/2013)

Could not educate all voters, says official, by Amrita Anamol (kp 18/11/2013)

High-profile observers (kp 18/11/2013), Over 18,000 to observe CA polls, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 18/11/2013), Int'l observers in Kathmandu, by Gani Ansari (rep 18/11/2013)

Women to man 80 polling centres (kp 17/11/2013)

EC To Probe Tampering Of Sample Ballot Paper, by Arjun Oli (rep 17/11/2013)

EC allocates Rs. 33.1 m to ferry election materials, ballot boxes safely (nn 16/11/2013)

Polling in Himalayan districts: Cold weather set to play spoilsport, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 15/11/2013)

Eyes wide open: Poll observers face a number of challenges in the run-up to the November 19 elections, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp 15/11/2013)

DEOs set mid-east poll stage (kp 15/11/2013)

EC issues criteria for press passes (ht 15/11/2013)

EC rejects negative voting, by Pranab Kharel (kp 14/11/2013)

EC failed to implement poll code: INSEC (rep 13/11/2013)

Commission to deny 300 candidates PR tickets (kp 14/11/2013), 269 candidates taken off parties’ PR lists, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 15/11/2013), EC publishes final name list of 10,709 proportionate candidates (nn 15/11/2013)

EC starts supplying logistics to all polling stations (kp 14/11/2013)

Poll officials deployed against election code (ht 14/11/2013)

Huge Sum Being Spent On Voter Education, by Kriti Bhuju (rep 14/11/2013)

ID card distribution starts (kp 13/11/2013), Poll mismanagement: EC should effectively communicate that voter IDs are not mandatory (kp 13/11/2013), Voters’ identity cards reach Taplejung (ht 13/11/2013)

Rs 11.5 Billion Released For Election So Far (rep 13/11/2013)

Serious lapses in parties’ PR lists (kp 12/11/2013), 2 more days to clear candidacy irregularities, by Gani Anasari (rep 12/11/2013)

The five percent: Nepal should allow voting at 16; it already recognizes 16 years olds as 'youth' having the rights of citizenship, by Pratyush Nath Upreti and Kanchan Prasad Kharel (rep 12/11/2013)

Poll officials say they have been deprived of remote area allowance (ht 12/11/2013)

4-day holiday for election (kp 12/11/2013)

EC commissioner Admits Lax Implementation Of Poll Codes (rep 11/11/2013)

Bid to cut on invalid votes, by Thakursingh Tharu (kp 10/11/2013)

Disabled Likely To Be Excluded In CA: NFDI, by Anjali Subedi (rep 10/11/2013)

Voter i-card distribution: Poll commission sets Nov 17 target (kp 08/11/2013), ID use hinges on card delivery: Commissioner says other certificates may be accepted if ID cards don’t reach all voters, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 10/11/2013), EC to distribute voter ID cards by Nov 17, by Gani Ansari (rep 10/11/2013), Voters’ ID distribution runs into problems, by Prakash Acharya (ht 11/11/2013), Voter ID cards in districts; distribution begins Friday (kp 12/11/2013)

EC to monitor activities at all 18,457 polling centers, by Gani Ansari (rep 08/11/2013)

Disabled folk move court against EC, three parties, by Weena Pun (kp 08/11/2013)

Parties’ campaign costs zoom past limit, by Bhadra Sharma and Pranab Kharel (kp 02/11/2013)

Focus on voter’s ID card: Is it required now?, by Birendra Prasad Mishra (ht 01/11/2013)

Officials’ lethargy bombs campaign to educate voters in Okhaldhunga (ht 01/11/2013)

Election logistics on way to districts (kp 30/10/2013)

Voters’ education programme launched (ht 30/10/2013) [Better educate the politicians!!]

EU observation mission starts media monitoring (kp 29/10/2013), EC opens media, observation centre (kp 29/10/2013)

Govt to monitor 35,000 staff for CA election (ht 29/10/2013)

EC provides election related details (ht 29/10/2013)

EC begins printing voter ID cards (rep 29/10/2013)

Polling stations to be disabled-friendly, by Samik Kharel (kp 28/10/2013)

Over 12.4 m voters to exercise franchise during Nov 19 election (nn 28/10/2013)

Petitioners move court seeking right to reject candidates (kp 28/10/2013), Respect negative voting rights, court asked (ht 28/10/2013), Defendants’ position sought on ‘right to reject candidates’ (kp 29/10/2013), Hearing on negative voting (ht 29/10/2013)

EC completes printing ballot papers for PR system (rep 27/10/2013)

EC asks Home Ministry to seize unwarranted vehicles (kp 26/10/2013)

Observers raise alarm against code violations (kp 26/10/2013), EC gets tough on poll code breach: Gachhadar furnishes clarification, probe going on, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 27/10/2013), EC booking poll code violators (kp m28/10/2013), Gachhadar admits he made mistake (kp 28/10/2013)

Two parties field same candidate (ht 26/10/2013)

Higher invalid vote percentage likely, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 26/10/2013)

Staking the CA-2 election: Right or wrong?, by Anand Aditya (ht 25/10/2013)

EC plans early supply of poll logistics, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 25/10/2013)

EC lifts restriction on election observers (ht 25/10/2013)

EC all set to start printing voter IDs Monday, by Gani Ansari (rep 25/10/2013)

Election officials to allow chopper use for campaign in emergencies (kp 24/10/2013), EC allows use of choppers (ht 24/10/2013)

Jinxed voter ID project embroiled in favouritism charge: Lowest bidder cries foul,alleges unholy nexus between Election Commission officials and A-Roll (ht 24/10/2013)

Revised PR lists submitted at EC: Discontentment rife in major parties, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/10/2013), EC to publish list of proportional candidates today (nn 23/10/2013), Parties finalise PR lists: More than 11,000 candidates to contest for 335 seats, by Bhadra Sharma and Pranab Kharel (kp 24/10/2013)

Supreme Court questions restriction on poll monitors (kp 22/10/2013)

Use of troops: If the NA is given a prominent role during the election without clearly defining its role in law, the legitimacy of the elections will be open to question, by Dipendra Jha (kp 22/10/2013)

12.6m ballot papers at the ready for PR vote: Commission prints FPTP ballots for 67 constituencies (kp 21/10/2013)

EC to set up high-level election monitoring committee (nn 21/10/2013)

Poll preparations almost over: EC; With 30 days to go, observers doubt ID plan (kp 19/10/2013), ID card printing from Wednesday (kp 20/10/2013), EC volte face on voter I-card: To seek help from private sector, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/10/2013), Govt shortlists 2 firms for ID card project, by Anil Giri (kp 22/10/2013), Bid time for I-card printing ends today (kp 22/10/2013)

Mixed election system likely to be history for good (ht 19/10/2013)

EC imparts training to international election monitors (ht 18/10/2013)

10m ballot papers for PR election ready (kp 17/10/2013)

Proportionally abused: Parties are using the PR system to subvert democratic practice (kp 17/10/2013)

EC completes Nov. 19 poll preparations (ek 16/10/2013)

Deadline to submit revised list of PR candidates expires (nn 15/10/2013)

EU mission starts election observation (kp 10/10/2013), European Union launches election observermission (ht 10/10/2013), EU deploys 34 long-term observers (kp 18/10/2013), EU deploys 34-member long-term observers (ht 18/10/2013)

EC enforces ban onfestival parties (kp 10/10/2013)

Elections amidst challenges: The expenditure of the CA I elections was only Rs 2.81 billion; The expenditure for CA II electionsis expected to exceed 30 billion, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep 09/10/2013)

EC publishes list of FPTP candidates: 6,343 candidacies filed, 610 women in fray (ht 08/10/2013)

EC disqualifies 6 candidates (kp 07/10/2013), Election Commission cancels nominations of five candidates (ht 07/10/2013)

Writ against restrain on poll observers (kp 07/10/2013)

PR ballot printing starts amid tight security, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 06/10/2013), PR ballot paper printing begins (ht 06/10/2013)

Indecision on voter ID (kp 06/10/2013), Voter ID plan likely to fall flat (kp 07/10/2013), EC drops voter ID card plan, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 10/10/2013), How EC techies sabotaged the Voter ID card project (ht 11/10/2013), EC decides to print voters’ ID cards on its own, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 17/10/2013), EC set to print voter ID cards (kp 18/10/2013)

Nepal Army preparations for poll deployment begin: Regional-level security meetings set to begin from Monday, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 06/10/2013)

Government, EU sign MoU on poll monitoring (kp 05/10/2013)

Ballot paper printing for November elections begins (nn 05/10/2013)

CEC Uprety expects up to 85 per cent voter-turnout (ht 30/09/2013)

EC to buy large-sized ballot boxes for PR, by Gani Ansari (rep 29/09/2013)

Voter identity card printing will begin in a week, says EC; Officials say the 13 millioncards will be distributed by Nov 15 (kp 28/09/2013)

Home constituencies ano-no for nat’l monitors, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 27/09/2013)

Election Operation Centre set up (kp 27/09/2013)

Carter Center announces launch of int'l election observation mission to Nepal (nn 26/09/2013)

Where voting is not worth the arduous one-day trek, by Prakash Singh (ht 24/09/2013)

EC unveils policy on gender and inclusion (rep 24/09/2013)

51 groups to deploy 74,000 observers: EC allows 49 national, two int’l organisations to monitor the November 19 polls, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 21/09/2013)

Candidate nomination: Under pressure, EC mulls rescheduling dates a ‘wee bit’, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 19/09/2013), Parties running for Nov 19 CA elections in race against time: Most of them yet to start candidate selection (ht 19/09/2013), EC urged to extend deadlines (ht 19/09/2013)

Back to 601 (ht 19/09/2013)

Election security: 16 districts on list of ‘most sensitive’areas, by Manish Gautam (kp 18/09/2013)

Election offices set up in all 240 constituencies across country including capital (nn 18/09/2013)

Deferral plan will hit Nov election: EC, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 16/09/2013)

80 EU poll observers First batch arriving on Oct 3 (kp 16/09/2013), EU to deploy 100 observers during CA polls, by Gani Ansari (rep 16/09/2013)

Teachers quit their jobs to contest CA election (ht 16/09/2013)

EC deploys returning officers to districts, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 15/09/2013)

Parties demand more booths in Parsa (ht 14/09/2013)

Less voters register in Kanchanpur (ht 13/09/2013)

Most preparations complete: EC (ht 12/09/2013)

Over 74,000 interested to monitor second CA polls, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 11/09/2013), 54 Groups Seek Permission To Deploy Over 74,000 Poll Observers, by Gani Ansari (rep 11/09/2013), High stakes: Election observation (rep 12/09/2013)

EC okays temporary cop recruitment for CA polls: Asks Home Ministry to ensure a fair, neutral and credible hiring process, by Anil Giri (kp 10/09/2013)

EC yet to start printing voter education material (rep 08/09/2013)

Election officials’ foreign trips before polls raise eyebrows (kp 07/09/2013)

EC begins ballot designing (kp 07/09/2013)

Integrated poll security plan in ‘final stages’ (kp 07/09/2013)

EC in tight spot over voter ID card printing (kp 06/09/2013)

First batch of ballot printing papers arriving, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 05/09/2013)

Serious about election security, EC tells envoys (kp 05/09/2013)

CDC report on EC tablefor implementation (kp 03/09/2013)

Now, election logistics to come in truckloads, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 02/09/2013)

EC to start printing ballot paper in three weeks time (nn 02/09/2013)

Govt mulls ‘leading’ role for Army, by Anil Giri (kp 31/08/2013)

EC gets 2 sets of names for election officers (kp 31/08/2013), 161 judges deputed as poll officers (ht 31/08/2013)

EC gearing up to provide identity cards to voters (ht 30/08/2013)

EC revs up work to arrange logistics (kp 27/08/2013)

Poll spoilers: The EC will face a logistical nightmare if parties fail to take a call within the next few days on who will contest November polls, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp 26/08/2013)

More polling stations, fewer booths (kp 24/08/2013)

EC registers 162,813 new voters in seven days (nn 24/08/2013) [This is not enough since millions are still missing! It is more important to bring all voters on board than all failed parties!!]

EC set to issue 12m voter ID cards in Oct, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 23/08/2013)

EC rejects call for 2nd week voter listing (kp 21/08/2013) [It's not necessary to respect the fundamental rights of the people????]

1 week, says EC of voter listing time (kp 17/08/2013), Voter registration resumes for seven days in all 75 districts (nn 17/08/2013), 5,000 voters registered (kp 18/08/2013), First day sees unexpectedly high numbers (ht 18/08/2013), Number of voters registering in biometric voters' list increasing (nn 20/08/2013)

EC on horns of a dilemma (kp 14/08/2013)

Vote observers to be invited within a week: Individuals and institutions failing to submit reports during the last CA blacklisted, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/08/2013)

CDC proposes 1 population threshold for all 3 regions, by Pranab Kharel (kp 09/08/2013), Don’t change constituencies frequently: CDC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 09/08/2013), Madhes parties slam constitution delineation report, others laud it (kp 09/08/2013)

Opening up voter registration 'window period' very much likely: Election Commissioner PB Thakur (nn 09/08/2013)

Design for delimitation: Voter population, not census, should be the basis for constituency delimitation as it addresses population increase and limits over-representation, by Tej Prasad Adhikari (kp 08/08/2013)

EC passes media monitoring directives: Press Council Nepal protests; Election Commission chief says PCN can act against violators (ht 07/08/2013)

Poll panel consulting with forces on election security (kp 07/08/2013), Poll security plan ‘in a week’, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 08/08/2013)

Voter registration: Can be reopened if polls not hit: Regmi (kp 05/08/2013), CDC gets another week, report ‘not to change much’ (kp 05/08/2013)

Disenfranchised voters: The EC must find a way to accommodate the large number of missing voters to institutionalise the fundamental values of democracy, by Dipendra Jha (kp 05/08/2013)

Election media monitoring: EC, Press Council at loggerheads (kp 04/08/2013)

Govt ‘quietly’ preparing for local body polls (kp 31/07/2013)

Debt-ridden conflict victims will not get to vote: Panchthar folks had kept citizenship certificates as collateral for loan,which they failed to pay (ht 31/07/2013)

After Tiwari exit, Uprety is new CDC member (kp 30/07/2013), CDC wanted to rearrange all 240 seats: Ex-member, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 31/07/2013), Panel confused as to which way to move (ht 31/07/2013)

Missing in election: Large number of missing voters and conflicting sets of data could call into question the legitimacy of November election, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 29/07/2013)

EC okays poll symbols of 59 parties (kp 25/07/2013), 59 political parties granted election symbols (ht 25/07/2013), 86 parties get vote sign, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 26/07/2013)

Less voters in Doti (ht 25/07/2013)

SC now allows listing without citizenship cards (kp 24/07/2013), SC vacates stay against EC move (ht 24/07/2013)

Can EC act against ceiling violators? (ht 24/07/2013)

CDC deadline expires today; seeks more time to report (kp 24/07/2013), Taskforce divided on constituency delineation, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 24/07/2013), Election Commission asks CDC to file report in 15 days, by Bhadra Sharma and Pranab Kharel (kp 25/07/2013), CDC gets 10 more days to file report (kp 26/07/2013), CDC lacks team spirit, claims member (ht 26/07/2013)

Voter registration drops in Valley, by Samik Kharel (kp 24/07/2013)

EC all for fact-based poll reporting (ht 23/07/2013)

Election Commission makes voters' list public (nn 23/07/2013)

Free and fair elections Challenge of proper observation, by Krishna Man Pradhan (ht 23/07/2013)

Election code of conduct comes into effect today, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 22/07/2013), Code in place; final voter tally on Aug 20 (kp 23/07/2013), Code of concern: EC must remain vigilant and take action when code violations are discovered (kp 23/07/2013), Code of Conduct for CA elections takes effect, by Arjun Bhandari (ht 23/07/2013)

Electoral role: Application at SC against citizenship petition (kp 22/07/2013)

Constituency delineation: CDC likely to re-work on areas where population has gone up, by Pranab Kharel (kp 20/07/2013), Constituency delineation: Political parties’ support absolutely essential (ht 21/07/2013), Statutory hurdles haunt constituency delineation, by Pranab Kharel (kp 23/07/2013)

Poll observers should be graduates: EC proposal (kp 18/07/2013)

Voter registration drive ends; 12.1m in new list, by Bhadra Sharma and Samik Kharel (kp 16/07/2013), Citizenship card a must, rules SC (kp 16/07/2013), More voters register in Valley, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 17/07/2013), EC says gap of 3.8 million voters not unjustified (ht 17/07/2013)

Constituency deliniation: Constitutional complications staring HLPC in the face (kp 15/07/2013), Constituency delimitation hits hurdle (ht 15/07/2013), Constituency seliniation: Political parties now mull over three options, by Pranab Kharel and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 16/07/2013)

EC allows chartered planes, helicopters in 11 districts, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 11/07/2013)

Free and fair election: Security challenges, by Ratindra Khatri (ht 10/07/2013)

CDC advised to increase PR seats in denser areas (kp 09/07/2013)

Crowds throng to register in voters’ list (ht 09/07/2013)

EC updating voter: roll sans citizenship, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 08/07/2013), EC voter roll move challenged in SC (kp 11/07/2013)

Constituency delineation: Civil society members differ on basis (kp 08/07/2013)

42 pc people miss voter roll update (kp 08/07/2013)

MoHA prepares poll security plan, by Anil Giri (kp 08/07/2013)

Level playing field: The abuse of public resources during campaigning and voting must be dealt with to ensure fair elections, by Narayan Rai (kp 07/07/21013)

As elections near, people flock to poll education centre in droves, by Samik Kharel (kp 04/07/2013)

Costly aversion: Social media and CA polls, by Arun Rai (rep 04/07/2013)

EC still has long poll ‘shopping list’, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 04/07/2013)

Elections on single day throughout country (ht 03/07/2013)

CDC interacts with parties: Debates on whether only 35 constituencies can be realigned, by Pranab Kharel (kp 02/07/2013), Population alone not a basis: Non-Madhesi parties; Case made for inclusion of geography, international standard as criteria for delineation (ht 02/07/2013), Lawyers to CDC: Don’t make major changes (kp 05/07/2013)

Effectiveness of election code of conduct: When money and muscles thrive, by Birendra Prasad Mishra (ht 02/07/2013)

Call for disabled friendly election arrangements (ht 01/07/2013)

Election Commission (EC)

Elections in Nepal: 2017 Local Elections, Frequently Asked Questions, by International Foundation for Electoral Systems, 10 May 2017

Results of the CA elections, 19 November 2013

The 2013 elections in Nepal, by David Gellner. Asian Affairs 45:2, 243-261, June 2014

European Union Election Observation Mission: Final Report, Constituent Assembly Elections, 19 November 2013

Results of the CA elections, 10 April 2008

Results of the parliamentary elections, 3/17 May 1999

Evaluations from the parliamentary elections, 15 November 1994

Evaluations from the parliamentary elections, 12 May 1991

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