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Review Election System For Stability, by Mukti Rijal (rn 07/05/2020))

Riddles of electoral democracy: Is there any rational to participate in voting? Why are we voting? For whom are we voting? Isn’t it time to look for an improved system of securing representation even when that happens through voting?, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 05/05/2020)

NC ward chair’s post declared void after party change (kh 04/05/2020)

EC submits NA election results to president (ht 30/01/2020)

NCP bags 16 out of 18 NA seats up for grabs (ht 24/01/2020) [Once again extremely inclusive: 50 % are Bahuns, 5 of them male; not a single Janajati besides one Shrestha; only one Madheshi; no Dalit woman!], NCP sweeps upper house elections: Nepali Congress loses seven seats (rep 24/01/2020)

Preparations for NA polls in full swing (ht 19/01/2020)

EC completes preparations for upper house election (rep 17/01/2020)

Nominations filed for NA elections slated for Jan 23 (ht 06/01/2020)

NC, RJP-N finalise candidates for National Assembly elections (ht 05/011/2020)

NCP leadership takes unilateral decision as it picks National Assembly candidates: The party leadership failed to live up to its recent commitment to following due process, accuse leaders, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 04/01/2019) [Long live the authoritarian male political leaders and their anti-democratic behaviour!], NCP finalises NA election candidates (ht 04/01/2020) [Wow, really inclusive: Far more than half of them are Bahuns!]

Election Commission publishes NA elections schedule (ht 19/12/2019)

NCP, RJP-N to support each other in NA polls (ht 19/12/2019)

EC to consult political parties for NA election (ht 07/12/2019), EC starts preparation for NA elections (rep 08/12/2019), EC preparing for NA elections (ht 10/12/2019), Party registration for upper house member election begins (rep 14/12/2019)

Electoral reforms: To ensure free, fair polls, by Krishna Man Pradhan (ht 06/12/2019)

By-elections’ Messages To Political Parties, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 05/12/2019)

Lessons from Sri Lanka: Provision of postal vote is something Nepal can immediately learn from Sri Lanka. In Nepal, thousands of security personnel and election staff cannot vote during the elections, by Krishna M. Pradhan (rep 04/12/2019)

NC registers historic victory in Dharan (ht 03/12/2019), Dharan election, a cause for concern for ruling NCP (ht 03/12/2019), Congress candidate wins in Dharan after decades, by Rohit Rai (rep 03/2/2019)

Curbing corruption: Faulty election system of First Past the Post is one of the main reasons responsible for motivating political corruption, by Kul Ratna Bhurtel (rep 02/12/2019)

NC candidate Bhandel wins SA by-poll from Bhaktapur (ht 02/12/2019), Late minister Adhikari’s wife wins landslide victory (ht 02/12/2019), Back in politics with a landslide:
Bidya Bhattarai’s election as member of parliamente
, by Sandesh Shrestha (rep 03/12/2019)

19 candidates fail to garner even a single vote (ht 02/12/2019)

New parties face drubbing in by-elections as Nepalis continue to vote along party lines: “They failed to convince the voters as to what they would bring to the table if they were given a chance”, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/12/2019), In by-election results, ruling party's popularity declines but opposition is unable to capitalise: Contesting polls for the first time as a unified party, the Nepal Communist Party should’ve won even more seats, but it failed to perform as expected, analysts say, by Anil Giri (kp 02/12/2019), Election results show no major change in political equation (rep 02/12/2019)

65.43 per cent votes cast in by-elections (ht 01/12/2019)

Voters’ turnout low compared to last elections (ht 01/12/2019), 16.4pc ballots cast at Thawang of Rolpa district (ht 01/12/2019)

Explosions mar by-polls in places (ht 01/12/2019)

337 candidates contesting for 52 seats (ht 30/11/2019)

By-elections unlikely to affect national politics, analysts say: Given the organisational structure of the traditional parties, observers say there is little chance for newcomers to enter the system, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/11/2019)

IED detonated outside ruling party candidate’s office in Mahottari: The explosion has caused minor damages to the building while there were no human casualties, by Santosh Singh (kp 29/11/2019)

Candidates of major parties are canvassing in swing areas for Dharan by-poll: The Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the Nepali Congress (NC) have intensified their poll activities targeting the swing voters of the landless squatters, by Pradeep Menyangbo (kp 27/11/2019)

There is a blatant disregard for the Election Code of Conduct: Candidates running for office—be it at the local, provincial or federal level—have the responsibility to be true to their words and lead by example (kp 27/11/2019)

Election fervor grips Kaski-2, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 27/11/2019)

Strike nationalism out of election agenda: Dahal, by Tilakram Rimal (ht 26/11/2019)

Nine persons calling for poll boycott arrested: The arrested are cadres of the CP Gajurel-led Deshbhakta Ganatantrik Morcha (ht 26/11/2019)

Candidates in final phase of campaign (ht 26/11/2019)

Kaski-2 by-election: Criteria for building near river changed for votes, by Bharat Koirala (ht 22/11/2019), Tough fight expected between NCP and Congress (ht 23/11/2019)

Election code of conduct violation complaints filed (ht 21/11/2019)

Political parties found violating election code of conduct in Sankhuwasabha: Government vehicles are being used in election publicity campaigns, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 18/11/2019)

Nominations filed for by-election (ht 14/11/2019), 13 candidates register for post of chairman (ht 14/11/2019)

Govt told to take custody of licensed arms: All weapons to be deposited at the nearest police station (ht 13/11/2019)

Parties often prioritise women candidates to cash in on sympathy votes: The fielding of a number of candidates in the upcoming by-elections fits a tendency to award election tickets to women after the demise of their husbands, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/11/2019), A ticket for her: The old practice of fielding wives in their husbands’ former seats continues (kp 13/11/2019)

EC publishes final list of 64 candidates (ht 11/11/2019), EC publishes final list of by-poll candidates (rep 11/11/2019), Sherman withdraws by-election candidacy (ht 11/11/2019), NCP rebel candidate fails to withdraw candidacy for by-polls, by Sangam Gharti Magar (rep 11/11/2019)

All polling stations marked sensitive in Makalu for the upcoming by-election: The by-election is going to be held for the position of chairperson in Makalu Rural Municipality, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 09/11/2019)

Election fever grips Dharan (ht 09/11/2019)

Rastriya Janata Party and Samajbadi Party eye electoral alliance for November 30 polls: The Janata Party will support the Samajbadi Party for three provincial assembly and a federal parliament seat, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/11/2019)

With nominations filed, election fever grips Kaski Constituency-2: NCP, Sajha and Bibeksheel have fielded woman candidates, while Nepali Congress has chosen a long-time party member, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/11/2019), 65 in fray for one HoR, three PA seats (ht 08/11/2019), 70 contesting 4 legislative seats (rep 08/11/2019)

Govt to mobilise army for by-election security (ht 08/11/2019)

Eyes on by-elections (rep 07/11/2019)

Parties scramble to finalise candidates: It appears that none of the major political parties have been able to finalise the list of their candidates (ht 03/11/2019), Choose able persons: Political parties should field candidates who are honest, competent and have maintained a clean image in society in the by-elections (ht 04/11/2019), Battle of narratives as parties settle for by-polls in test of Oli’s popularity (rep 05/11/2019), NC struggles to finalise candidates (ht 06/11/2019), 17 booths, 31 election centres in Panchthar (ht 06/11/2019)

Parties busy discussing whom to field for by-polls (rep 02/11/2019)

Government prepares security plan for by-polls (ht 02/11/2019)

Candidates yet to submit election expenses (ht 31/10/2019) [after 2 years!!]

By-election code: EC must thoroughly check for any criminal background of a person after he/she files nomination for a public post to be elected by the voters (ht 31/10/2019)

NCP Kaski committee picks Bidhya Bhattarai as by-election candidate: Bhattarai is the widow of Rabindra Adhikari, the minister for culture, tourism and civil aviation who died in a helicopter crash in Taplejung on February 27, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 26/10/2019)

With two weeks for nomination deadline, parties just start discussions on candidates for the by-election: One federal seat and three provincial assembly seats will be up for grabs during the November 30 polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/10/2019)

Sajha Party announces its candidate for Kaski by-election: Nepal Communist Party and Nepali Congress struggling to pick party candidate, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 24/10/2019)

52 poll officers appointed (rep 22/10/2019)

EC publishes by-elections schedule (ht 19/10/2019)

Over 20,000 new voters eligible to cast vote in by-elections (ht 17/10/2019)

Ruling Nepal Communist Party stares at tough by-election: Government’s poor show and controversies surrounding some leaders could affect performance during polls, analysts say, by Thika R. Pradhan (kp 14/10/2019)

By-elections And Expenditure, by Mukti Rijal (rn 05/09/2019)

EC urges political parties to register for upcoming by-elections (rep 03/09/2019)

NCP, NC intensify search for candidate for Kaski-2 by-elections: PM Oli urges Bamdev Gautam, a party veteran, to contest by-elections from Kaski-2 (rep 04/08/2019)  [There can never be enough male Bahuns in parliament to represent their meagre 6 per cent castemates! Long live non-inclusive Bahunvad!]

Nov 30 fixed for all by-polls (rep 03/08/2019)

Debate on external voting rages on, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/07/2019), Ensure absentee vote: As ordered by the apex court, Parliament has to pass law allowing Nepali expats to vote in the three tiers of elections (ht 24/07/2019)

Students risking their lives for higher education, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 05/07/2019)

EC begins work on by-elections (rep 05/07/2019)

Chitwan court finds Maoist activists guilty of tearing ballot papersat local poll: Next hearing to hand down punishment, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 14/06/2019), Court convicts 2 Maoists for tearing up ballots in Chitwan, by Sabita Shrestha (rep 15/06/2019), Court yet to pronounce sentence for Bharatpur vote vandals, by Sabita Shrestha (rep 21/06/2019), Maoist activists-duo fined with Rs 100,000 each for tearing up ballot paper (rep 02/07/2019)

PHC confirms Thapaliya as CEC (ht 18/04/2019)

CEC nomination draws flak from civil society (ht 07/04/2019)

Voting for change: An integrated electoral system will not only limit electioneering costs but also make the representatives responsible to their voters, by Birendra P Mishra (kp 07/04/2019)

Elections in Nepal: Mixed system needed, by Birendra P Mishra (ht 05/04/2019)

Review electoral system for good governance, says CIAA chief (ht 03/04/2019)

Hearing of CEC candidate deferred at NC’s request (kp 01/04/2019)

Empower EC: The EC should be given the powers to set the dates for the elections so as to make the body both autonomous and powerful (ht 27/03/2019)

Election Commission without chief as CEC Yadav retires (rep 25/03/2019), Thapaliya recommended for the position of chief election commissioner, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/03/2019)

SAC tells govt to conduct by-elections by mid-May (rep 20/12/2018)

Party name dispute: Apex court serves show cause to NCP, poll body, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/12/2018)

A check for change: Why do we need reform in election laws?, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp 02/12/2018)

Elections and disability: Disabled communities in Nepal are disenfranchised before, during, and after elections, by Gianna Francesca M Catolico (rep 18/11/2018)

By-polls uncertain due to govt delay in clearing legal hurdles: 28 seats in local and provincial constituencies are vacant (rep 17/11/2018)

General elections 2017: Parties flagrantly violated code of conduct: Report (ht 17/11/2018)

Candidates yet to submit details of poll expenses (ht 02/11/2018)

EC seeks funds to study external voting, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 28/10/2018)

Poll body to make a call on parties’ name dispute: The Election Commission is likely to make a call on the matter in its meeting on Thursday, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 25/10/2018) [The ruling party does not have the right on its side just because it is the stronger party! Its recognition under the name NCP by the Election Commission in May 2018 was not understandable!], EC fails to resolve party name row: Members of both parties failed to arrive at a mutual understanding on the issue (kp 26/10/2018), Ruling communist party gets its contested name: Poll body quashes Kattel’s petition claiming the Nepal Communist Party name along with the acronyms (kp 27/10/2018) [??]

96 parties fail to furnish property details: EC (kp 24/10/2018)

Nepalis abroad set to exercise voting right: Court orders facilities for citizens to vote from foreign destinations, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/09/2019), Ensure voting rights for Nepalis living abroad, SC tells government, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/09/2018), Right to vote for Nepalis living abroad (rep 04/09/2018), Enabling Nepalis abroad to vote: ‘Government should start preparations immediately’, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 26/09/2018)

Election a costly affair: Report says most candidates spent beyond EC limit, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/07/2018), Big money: An estimated bill of Rs131 billion shows that electoral spending has increased sharply (kp 18/07/2018)

EC chief asks govt to fix dates for next elections well in advance (ht 28/06/2018)

SC tells poll body to clarify over NCP (kp 18/06/2018)

16 parties yet to submit poll expense details: Expenditure details are required to make parties accountable, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 10/06/2018), Poll expenses: The Election Commission Act and rules have given power to poll body to take legal actions against those who don’t abide by the law (ht 11/06/2018)

Parties to be told to ensure 33pc women representation (ht 09/06/2018) [This is ridiculous after the NCP has been officially recognised with only 16pc women!]

NCP violates Party Registration Act with low representation of women (rep 03/06/2018), EC decides to register NCP, ignoring law (rep 07/06/2018) [Leading parties can do what they want! Obviously, they are above law and constitution!], Move afoot to challenge poll panel’s decision to register NCP (NCP): Proportional representation of women in all organs of the state is crucial to empower women, but more worrisome is the fact that the prime minister and ruling party co-chairpersons are openly defying the legal provisions (ht 08/06/2018), The ruling Nepal Communist Party, among others, break the law to exclude women: They have three months to comply, by Shuchashree Basnyat (The Record 10/06/2018)

EC asks govt to ensure safety of commissioners (kp 24/04/2018)

Quest for identity: Nepal has only one decade of reservation policy but voices of resistance has started to be heard, mainly from dominant community, by Nishnu Think (rep 22/04/2018)

EC to start voter registration from Sunday (ht 13/04/2018)

EC spent millions in donor funds with no audit: OAG report (rep 13/04/2018), OAG report shows rampant financial irregularities in EC (ht 15/04/2018)

EC to release 44 surplus cars (kp 28/03/2018)

EC to review elections (ht 28/03/2018)

SC orders govt to ensure migrants’ right to vote, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/03/2018)

EU mission urges EC to maintain transparency (kp 21/03/2018), [see official eu report], Mission against Khas-Aryas’ proportional representation (kp 21/03/2018), EU-EOM report undermines successful holding of election: Government (rep 21/03/2018), Govt rejects EU report on elections: Foreign Ministry says the report not only undermines the recent polls, but also goes against the scope and norms of international election observation (kp 22/03/2018), Stop comments challenging constitution: Govt tells EU (rep 22/03/2018), Uncalled-for report: The Eu election observation mission has gone beyond its mandate to comment on political issues that have already been settled (ht 23/03/2018), EU report totally unacceptable: EC (rep 23/03/2018), Hail to the chiefs, by Om Astha Rai (nt 23/03/2018), Baburam’s U-turn, by Om Astha Rai (nt 23/03/2018), EU mission sticks to advice for EC (kp 24/03/2018), EUEOM claims it fully abided by ToR, MoU (ht 24/03/2018), European Union’s Divisive Mission, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 25/03/2018) [Criticising the EU and favouring the non-inclusive politics of Nepal's male Tagadhari politicians! The EU critics is necessary and justified as long as these politicians continue their non-inclusive practice of selecting candidates for the FPTP system!], PM Oli urges EU to correct its report on election observation (ht) [What kind of election observation shall this be? The EU shall claim that the election has been inclusive and that there have to be additional Tagadhari representatives elected though the PR system even though you and the other parties have predominantly nominated male Tagadhari candidates for the FPTP system?], PM criticises EU poll mission for its report (kp 26/03/2018), EU report smacks of rancour,  says Prime Minister Oli (ht 26/03/2018), EUEOM report is an insult to Nepal's sovereignty: PM (rep 26/03/2018), Long-term returns: Govt is rightly keen to maintain state’s autonomy but must guard against majoritarian overreach (kp 16/03/2018) [Hopefully, the PM and others of the over-represented male Tagadhari leaders have time and are able to read this excellent editorial!], PCN asks EU to retract poll report (kp 26/03/2018) [??????], Lest we ignore: Provisions of positive discrimination are meant to benefit under-represented groups and its very purpose is defeated if an already dominant ethnicity is brought under its ambit, by CK Lal (rep 26/03/2018), UML, Maoists, NC slam EU mission’s poll report: Congress MPs avoid issue in House n RJP-N members say report rightly seeks changes (kp 27/03/2018), What EU wants: Nepal is a home to more than 100 ethnic communities, multiple castes and languages. Why should EU always target Khas Arya?, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep 28/03/2018) [The basic misunderstanding is that the EU did not "direct" Nepal, as the author claims, to exclude Tagadhari castes from the PR system but simply "advised" the state to think about better inclusion of still disadvantaged sections of society in the election system! This has been part of the EU's election observation task because it has to do with the fairness of recent elections. An intervention into the internal affairs of Nepal would have been if the EU had "directed" the parties to stop their outstanding preference of male Tagadharis when nominating FPTP candidates! If the FPTP system becomes inclusive for all sections of society, there would be no reason to exclude any social group from the PR system!], Touching a raw nerve: If we want to brag about being a democracy, we should have the courage to go through this process of review by the EU EOM, by Pramod Mishra (kp 29/03/2018)

Bidari, Khatiwada, Paudyal can’t vote in prez election (ht 11/03/2018)

Nominations for prez race today; Congress CWC meet to pick presidential candidate (kp 07/03/2018)

Two parties submit PA elections expenses: NC spends Rs28.08m and Maoist Centre Rs4.90m, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/03/2018)

Parliament Secretariat told to fix schedule for election of speaker, NA chair (ht 01/03/2018), Prez polls process starts on Monday: EC appoints Senior Judge Til Prasad Shrestha as Election Officer (kp 02/03/2018), Election panel puts Rs400k limit for presidency runners: Election Commission to fine candidates exceeding spending limit, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/03/2018)

Tikapur carnage suspect surrenders: Kailali District Court remands MP-elect Chaudhary in judicial custody, by Arjun Shah (kp 27/02/2018)

Maoist leader moves SC for not getting MP spot (kp 19/02/2018)

EC starts work on presidential election (rep 16/02/2018), Ambiguity over presidential poll date: EC to announce schedule after consulting the government (kp 17/02/2018)

EC submits poll results to Prez (kp 15/02/2018)

EC to hand over election results to President today, by Prithvi Man Shestha (kp 14/02/2018)

EC submits NA election results to president (kp 12/02/2018)

UML finalises PR list: Motilal Dugar becomes MP again (kp 12/02/2018), UML sends 37 women, 4 men to parliament under PR system (rep 12/02/2018), Poll body instructs three parties to correct PR list (kp 13/02/2018)

Basnet, Paudel, Joshi named for 3 National Assembly seats (kp 11/02/2018), Prez to consult legal experts on National Assembly nominees (ht 12/02/2018), Prez okays Khatiwada, Bidari, Poudel for NA (kp 21/02/2018), Fresh NA appointments ‘unconstitutional’: Congress (kp 21/02/2018), Dignity of office: The President chose to sit on the recommendation of Deuba government until a new government under Oli took office (ht 22/02/2018), Deuba govt’s NA nominees move SC (ht 24/02/2018), Apex court stays oath ceremony of 3 NA members (kp 26/02/2018), SC halts oath-taking of 3 upper house members, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 26/02/2018)

EC to present poll results to Prez within Wednesday (rep 11/02/2018)

EC: Presidential election in 3rd week of March, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/02/2018)

SC refuses to halt NA election process (kp 03/02/2018)

10,000 ballot papers printed for NA election (ht 02/02/2018)

CMs through vote if consensus fails: UML; Party leaders stand against the Standing Committee picking CMs, ministers and Speakers from the centre (kp 31/01/2018)

Voting duplex: Single transferable voting system remains unpopular because of large constituencies, complex counting and parochial politics, by Bikal Shrestha (rep 30/01/2018)

Bhusal pulls out of race in favour of Thapa, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/01/2018)

All Province 2 candidates elected to NA (ht 29/01/2018)

Election symbols to be allocated to NA candidates on Monday (rep 28/01/2018), NA candidates get election symbols (kp 30/01/2018)

Make NA voters aware of voting technique, EC staffers told (ht 27/01/2018)

Complaint against UML NA candidate (ht 27/01/2018)

Poll expenditure of losing candidates in Gulmi more than that of winners, by Shiva Lal Subedi (rep 27/01/2018)

Parties ready names, mostly, for National Assembly vote (kp 24/01/2018), EC set to receive nominations for NA election (ht 24/01/2018), 83 file nominations for Upper House polls: With 17 candidates elected unopposed, 66 to contest for 43 seats, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/01/2018), 83 file papers for 56 Upper House seats: Seventeen, including 12 women, to be elected unopposed on January 29, by Arjun Poudel (ht 25/01/2018), Nominations filed for NA polls in all seven provinces: Each province will elect eight members to the National Assembly (ht 25/01/2018), Discontent rife in parties over NA lists, by Roshan S. Nepal (kp 25/01/2018), Naya Shakti, Bibeksheel to back NC pick (kp 25/01/2018), Maoist victim files candidacy for NA, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 25/01/2017), Parties’ Upper House picks dismay watchers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 27/01/2018)

EC publishes voters’ list for NA election (kp 22/01/2018)

National Assembly election: ay to vote: Marking, not stamping (kp 21/01/2018)

EC to mobilise technical teams to facilitate NA vote counting (ht 19/01/2018)

EC declares PR winners for provincial assemblies (kp 18/01/2018), EC names winners of provincial PR seats (rep 18/01/2018), EC makes public name list of PR winners for provincial assemblies (kp 19/01/2018) [list of all elected PR MPs], Wait over as EC gives winners certificates: 172 of the 220 provincial assembly members elected under the PR category are women (kp 20/01/2018)

Trickle-down democracy: EC needs to improve voting procedures so all citizens can vote and electoral outcomes better represent them, by Sanjay Sharma (kp 17/01/2018)

EC proposes four types of ballot papers for NA poll (ht 17/01/2018), Uncertainty clouds counting method (ht 18/01/2018)

EC to discuss NA election with parties today (ht 16/01/2018)

Left alliance expects 43 seats in NA: CPN-UML likely to field 29 candidates, Maoist Centre 14, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 15/01/2018)

Office of election officer for NA polls set up in Province 6 (ht 14/01/2018)

Promotional materials used by parties during elections becoming eyesore (rep 12/01/2018)

EC makes public election calendar for NA polls (kp 11/01/2018)

10 parties register with poll body for Upper House polls (kp 10/01/2018), 21 parties registered for National Assembly vote (kp 13/01/2018)

EC staffers learning about single transferable voting system (ht 09/01/2018)

EC issues election cost details amid questions (kp 08/01/2018), CIAA probing graft charges against poll panel (ht 08/01/2018), EC confirms meeting among constitutional heads (rep 08/01/2018)

Revised list of RJP-N, RPP provincial PR poll winners incorrect: EC (ht 08/01/2018), Provincial Assembly elections: PR candidates of RJP-N to becategorised under one group, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/01/2018)

Election Commission Under Scrutiny?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 07/01/2018)

State representation row: EC writes to RJP-N again for revising candidate list; EC official warns party  of accepting only the  candidates that meet the representation criteria, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/01/2018)

Upper house vote on Feb 7: Displeased at the delayed date, the UML says it will take part in the National Assembly elections  nonetheless (kp 06/01/2018)

EC could seek deal on declaring poll results: Election commissioners say they are under pressure from political parties and their unions to announce poll results (kp 05/01/2018), 1st Provincial Assembly meet A month away (kp 05/01/2018)

105 parties submitted audit details early: EC; EC says the recent elections caused the parties to submit their income and expenditure details in time, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/01/2018)

Representation from Karnali zone dismal (ht 04/01/2018)

Upper House poll slated for Feb 8: Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav suggests the date in a meeting with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in Baluwatar on Tuesday evening, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/01/2018), Left alliance’s pressure on EC irks Congress (kp 03/01/2018), Cumbersome Constitutional Provisions, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 03/01/2018), PR results can’t be announced before Upper House polls: EC (kp 04/01/2018)

An ex-Kamlari, a Dalit widow become state parliamentarians, by Kamal Panthi and Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 03/01/2018)

3 out of 6 parties err on women’s representation (kp 03/01/2018) [including the NC!], Six parties submit corrected list of winning PR candidates (ht 05/01/2018)

Left presses EC to publish poll results soon (kp 02/01/2018), Left alliance pressures EC to announce PR results (ht02/01/2018), 6 parties to resend proportional lists (kp 02/01/2018)

Poll costs faked as spending goes through EC roof: To cloud expenditures past limit, candidates resort to fake reports, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/01/2018), Poll expense details sought from parties (ht 01/01/2018)

Discontent in parties over provincial PR (rep 01/01/2018)

Date for National Assembly election to be announced by January 12: DPM Shrestha, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/12/2017) [???]

Dissecting election results: FPTP votes are basically driven by personality of the candidates, PR votes by party ideology, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 31/12/2017)

Making milestones: The Election Commision must be praised for holding a series of elections at short notice, despite a few controversial decisions, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/12/2017)

SC asks EC to furnish ballot papers of Sunsari-3 (ht 30/12/2017)

CEC Yadav's daughter-in-law elected to Province 2 assembly (rep 30/12/2017)

EC opens listing for upper house (kp 29/12/2017), CEC asks prime minister to announce NA poll date (ht 30/12/2017)

UML allots 71 PR seats to female candidates (kp 29/12/2017) [for Provincial Assemblies], NC CWEC meet to finalise provincial PR list today (ht 29/12/2017), Maoist Centre elects four male PR members for state assemblies (kp 30/12/2017), RJP-N decides PR picks for provinces (kp 30/12/2017), Parties submit lists of provincial PR candidates: Only 13 parties have made the cut for provincial PR seats (ht 30/12/2017)

UML draws EC's attention over PR seat allocation delay (rep 29/12/2017), EC in fix over PR seats for lower house (rep 29/12/2017)

NC’s Electoral Debacle, by Mukti Rijal (rn 28/12/2017)

EC finalises allocation of HoR PR seats (ht 28/12/2017)

‘Faulty’ PR candidate lists: Madhesi dalits to move court (kp 26/12/2017), Writ on Madhesi Dalits’ PR seats (kp 27/12/2017)

‘Bamdev’s own modus operandi behind poll loss’, by Kamal Panthi (kp 26/12/2017)

Parliamentary PR poll results in two days (ht 26/12/2017)

SC rejects Chaudhary’s plea to get MP certificate via power of attorney (kp 25/12/2017), SC tells MP Resham Chaudhary to face trial, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/12/2017)

EC accepts ‘faulty’ RJP-N PR candidate list, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/12/2017)

20pc proportional votes go to waste, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/12/2017)

EC allots proportional seats of provincial vote: CPN-UML has topped the PR chart by securing a total of 75 seats, followed by  the NC’s 72 and 35 of  the CPN (Maoist Centre), by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/12/2017), Provincial PR seat allocation to parties complete (ht 23/12/2017)

Call for ‘sufficient’ access to election observers: Carter Center says provisions should always be in place to allow poll observers adequate access to ensure  transparency and integrity of elections (kp 23/12/2017), Vote counting generally consistent with international standards: Carter Centre (ht 23/12/2017)

Reduced poll expenses furnished (ht 22/12/2017)

Leftist poll win has little to do with India, China: Experts, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 21/12/2017), Strategy for survival: Nepal’s latest election results do not mean dismay for New Delhi or joy for Beijing, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 22/12/2017)

EC ready to hold NA poll under STV polling system, by Arjun Poudel (ht 20/12/2017), Left to sweep upper house under majority system, a few seats for NC under STV, by Ashok Dahal and Mani Dahal (rep 20/12/2017)

Evaluating NC’s ‘loss’: Judging by the popular votes this time for Nepali Congress, communist victory appears nothing more than an outcome of political match-fixing, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 20/12/2017)

The missing millions: A comparison of census and Election Commission data shows hordes of lost voters, by Sanjay Sharma (kp 19/12/2017)

EC working on PR quota allocation in lower house: Poll authority busy verifying data after receiving related documents from most of the electoral constituencies, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/12/2017)

Post-poll prospects: Hill voters accused Congress of not speaking strongly against the blockade while Madhesis were disenchanted with its inadequate support for statute amendment, by Pramod Jaiswal (rep 19/12/2017)

Election 2017: Surfacing Hopes, by Prem Khatry (rn 19/12/2017)

PR vote count to be completed today: EC (ht 17/12/2017), PR vote count concludes, UML largest party in parliament (ht 17/12/2017), Preliminary results of Nepal’s parliamentary elections of 2017 (with some comparisons to the CA elections of November 2013, by K.-H. Krämer (Nepal Observer 44, 17/12/2017)

EC: Allocation of PR vote seats could take time. by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/12/2017)

6,000-odd votes under proportional representation missing in Morang, by Hari Afhikari (ht 17/12/2017)

More than one lakh votes invalid in Saptari (ht 17/12/2017), CPN-MC swept away (ht 17/12/2017) (related to Saptari), RJP-N bags highest number of PR votes (ht 17/12/2017 (related to Saptari)

Proportional representation: A likely scenario: At 8pm on Friday, the UML appeared to get 41 PR seats in the House while the NC could secure 40 seats. Maoists might get 17 seats, the SSF-N and the RJP-N 6 each, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/12/2017)

Investing in inclusion: Constitutionally guaranteed proportional  representation won’t guarantee qualitative change (kp 15/12/2017) [The parties' women discriminating way of nominating candidates for elections is a fundamental crime and a grave violation of the constitution!!], Pro-women (nt 15/12/2017)

Cop-turned-politician Silwal in the dock? Apex court orders action against those involved in forging appraisal documents related to former DIG; After resigning from police force, Silwal joined the  CPN-UML and went on to win a seat in the House of Representatives (kp 15/12/2017) [The connections between politics and crime can never be close enough! This cannot be called rule of law!]

78 % UML, 58 % Maoist candidates won polls, by Ashok Dahal (rep 15/12/2017)

Elections and everyday democracy: Vignettes from election day in Sindhupalchok, by Sangita Thebe-Limbu (nt 15/12/2017)

Temporary police hit the streets (ht 15/12/2017), 12 temporary cops injured in Dolakha clash (ht 19/12/2017) [Working agreements have also to be respected by the state!], Temporary police personnel return home three days earlier: DPO charged with discrepancy in temporary  cops’ ration allowance (ht 20/12/2017)

The Promised Land (nt 15/12/2017), Electoral reform, by Bhojraj Pokharel (nt 15/12/2017)

UML on top as FPTP vote count concludes: Claims 80 House of Representatives and 167 provincial constituencies (kp 14/12/2017), In winner-take-all game, some lost by a whisker, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/12/2017), Gachhadar wins in Sunsari-3 (kp 14/12/2017), No. of directly elected female candidates slumps further: Only six secure seats in House of Representatives under FPTP category in these elections (kp 14/12/2017), Shashank NC’s only rep in House from Province 4, by Lal Prasad Sharma(kp 14/12/2017), 46 candidates lose deposit in Kavre district (ht 14/12/2017), Four cops hurt in election victory rally clash between NC, FSF-N (ht 14/12/2017)

Invalid votes under FPTP system averaged at 5.18 pc: CEC Yadav (kp 14/12/2017), Invalid votes high in Khotang, Palpa and Baglung (rep 14/12/2017), 26,000 votes invalid in Kapilvastu, says EC, by Manoj Poudel (kp 15/12/2017), More than 10pc invalid votes in Parsa (ht 15/12/2017)

Man on the run set to walk into Parliament: Resham Chaudhary wins election from Kailali-1; He is on our wanted list; we will arrest him: Police (kp 13/12/2017) [Question to EC and RJPN: What about article 87 of the constitution??], EC to submit Resham Chaudhary’s certificate to Parliament Secretariat (ht 14/12/2017), SC refuses Chaudhary’s writ petition (kp 16/12/2017)

Observers suggest poll reforms (kp 13/12/2017)

Vote counting resumes in Sunsari Constituency 3 (kp 13/12/2017), Gorkha folk elect Bhattarai ‘for his past works’ (kp 13/12/2017)

Counting of FPTP votes over in 4 days, says EC: Counting of votes in Syangja began  on Sunday midnight (kp 12/12/2017), Vote count halted in Sunsari-3 (kp 12/12/2017), Madhesi alliance dominates Parsa poll results (ht 12/12/2017), RJP-N, FSF-N win eight seats in Saptari (ht 12/12/2017), UML may have to elect allwomen candidates under PR (ht 12/12/2017), Morang records less number of invalid votes in recent polls (ht 12/12/2017), Resolve the row: Considering the urgency, the Election Commission has urged the government to draft a law for the Upper House election (ht 12/12/2017), Results Of Federal And Provincial Elections Of 2017, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 12/12/2017)

Sainte-Laguë formula to decide PR seats (ht 12/12/2017), How PR seats are allocated (kp 13/12/2017)

Old faces dominate tally, by Chandan Kmuar Mandal (kp 12/12/2017)

Elections 2017: Hoping Changes For Better, by Prem Khatry (rn 12/12/2017)

EC presses govt to frame laws for National Assembly elections, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 11/12/2017)

UML leads in popular vote too, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/12/2017), Madhesi parties hold little sway outside Province 2: Most of the seats the SSF-N and the RJP-N are winning are from the eight Tarai districts west of Koshi, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/12/2017), Top NC leaders fail to rescue party, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 11/12/2017) [They are the main reason for the NC defeat!!], Key architects of left alliance: Bamdev, Shrestha suffer loss: UML top leaders, including party Chairman Oli, Khanal, Nembang register convincing wins (kp 11/12/2017) [Shrestha got punished for the Maoists' wicked and arrogant attitude towards BRB!!], Left alliance consolidates its lead (ht 11/12/2017)

New faces cement their place in provincial assembly of Sindhupalchowk, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 11/12/2017)

RPP Chairman Thapa loses in Makawanpur-1 (ht 11/12/2017) [Wonderful! Nepal has finally got rid of him!], Only a few businessmen fare well in elections (ht 11/12/2017)

Forum, Congress trade blows at victory rallies: Clashes break out during victory rallies taken out by the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal and the Nepali Congress in Rautahat on Sunday (kp 11/12/2017)

Left Alliance Heads For Resounding Victory, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 10/12/2017), Left alliance heading for comfortable majority (ht) 10/12/2017, Country on the cusp of taking Left turn: UML-Maoist Centre alliance set for election sweep; The two forces also leading in districts along plains, except Province 2, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 10/12/2017), Some saving grace for NC as it faces biggest electoral setback (kp 10/12/2017), Left alliance claims all Baglung seats, by Prakash Baral (kp 10/12/2017), Dalit elected to provincial assembly (kp 10/12/2017) [At least 10 per cent of the candidates should have been Dalits!!!], 44 ballot papers sans official signatures (kp 10/12/2017), With Mishra’s defeat, Bibeksheel Sajha loses hope for direct win: BSP has fielded candidates in all the kathmandu constituencies but the party seems unlikely to win any FPTP federal house seat, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/12/2017), Rijal secures hard-fought win for Nepali Congress (ht 10/12/2017), NC routed in Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk (ht 10/12/2017), Left alliance emerges dominant force in hilly districts of Province 1 (ht 10/12/2017), CPN-MC wins all seats in Rukum East (ht 10/12/2017)

NC, UML neck to neck in PR vote: NC gets 39,353 PR votes for federal parliament  compared to UML’s 39,260 (kp 10/12/2017)

UML-MC leading in provincial polls also (ht 10/12/2017)

Observation by carter center, EU: ‘Polls were generally well-conducted’ (kp 10/12/2017), Political  freedom  prevailed over violence, says EU (ht 10/12/2017)

Parties urged to remove poll publicity materials (kp 10/12/2017)

Left on track as alliance move proves right: Analysts say UML, Maoist Centre’s rallying cry for ‘prosperity through stability’ worked well while NC failed to win voters’ trust, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/12/2017), Left alliance ahead in most constituencies (ht 09/12/2017), Left alliance takes early lead in Valley, by Chandan Kumaer Mandal (kp 09/12/2017), Chhakka Bahadur pulls off surprise win in Humla: First independent  candidate to make it to federal parliament (kp 09/12/2017), An apple farmer’s sweet success in politics: UML’s Polden Gurung makes it to federal parliament from Manang, by Aash Gurung (kp 09/12/2017), Maoist Centre’s Roka wins in Rukum East, by Hari Gautam (kp 09/12/2017)

An agitated NC mulling over quiet introspection: Senior NC leader Ram Chandra Poudel says the party will discuss the  possible reasons behind poor performance, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 09/12/2017)

Dispute over ferrying of ballots in jeep used by candidate: Rival say ballot boxes were changed in collusion with the local administration and security personnel on way to counting venue (kp 09/12/2017)

Turnout revised up to 69.58pc (kp 09/12/2017)

Found in transition: With polls yesterday, Nepal is on its way to completing political transition that started in 2006 but a lot still remains to be done (kp 08/12/2017), Into a state of uncertain stability: Whoever wins, Nepal will likely be ruled by the same old leaders, by Om Astha Rai (nt 08/12/2017)Challenges ahead: Those in newly elected Parliament must ensure that welfare of people takes precedence over petty party interests, by Shyam KC (kp) [This would mean a total revolution campared to what has happened so far!!], Historic polls conclude with 67pc turnout, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/12/2017), First phase vote count starts: Early results put CPN-UML ahead (kp 08/12/2017), A watershed moment: Successful completion of elections ends long-drawn transition infusing hope of stability, but challenges remain, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 08/12/2017), Election largely peaceful, says government (kp 08/12/2017), Polling by and large peaceful in Valley, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 08/12/2017), CK Raut’s hometown boycotts elections (kp 08/12/2017), Voters share they had no confusion how to cast ballot, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 08/12/2017), Most voters cast their votes within five minutes, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 08/12/2017), Confusion reigns in PR voting as voters lack education, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 08/12/2017), Voters not taught to cast ballot properly, says NRHC (ht 08/12/2017), Enthusiastic participation of youths in elections, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 08/12/2017), Hassle-free voting for elderly, differently abled (ht 08/12/2017), Three don’t get own vote, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 08/12/2017), Election grounds over 350 domestic flights (kp 08/12/2017), Pvt sector upbeat as phase II elections conclude peacefully (ht 08/12/2017), Bullet to ballot: After 21 years of war and wilderness Nepal finally looks to future stability by holding three elections in one year, by Santa Gaha Magar (nt 08/12/2017)

6 injured in Nawalparasi IED explosions (kp 08/12/2018), Election postponed in Arghakhanchi station: Voters vandalise Madhure Basic School polling station after they found ballot papers without election officer’s signature (kp 08/12/2017), Bomb goes off in Purano Naikap (ht 08/12/2017), Blast at NEA facility disrupts power supply (ht 08/12/2017)

So close yet so far: As important as today’s polls are, very little has been done on post-poll federal project (kp 07/12/2017) [!!!]

45 districts go to polls today, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/12/2017), 45 districts go to polls today: 12,235,993 voters to elect 128 parliamentary FPTP candidates, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Over 200,000 security forces for today’s polls, by Manish Gautam (kp 07/12/2017), Vote count set to start this evening: Security stepped up around counting centres (kp 07/12/2017), Official Ids valid for voting: EC (kp 07/12/2017), Three injured as left alliance, SSF-N supporters clash (kp 07/12/2017)

EC to fast-track vote counting: Hopes to announce results within eight days (kp 06/12/2017), FPTP poll results by December 11, claims poll panel Results of PR elections by Dec 15 (ht 06/12/2017), FPTP results within four days: EC (rep 06/12/2017)

Dialectics of dictatorship: Peoples’ real agenda for elections are overshadowed by the exchange of high-voltage allegations, by Achyut Wagle (kp 06/12/2017)

40,000 deployed for vote security, by Thakur Singh Tharu and Manoj Paudel (kp 06/12/2017), Focus on safety of people, poll materials: Security tightened around polling booths and stations in 45 districts where the second phase of elections takes place on Thursday (kp 06/12/2017), Police struggle to identify source of explosives, by Manish Gautam (kp 06/12/2017), Incidents of blast continue (kp 06/12/2017), Where is the security? NC leader Gagan Thapa escaped a deadly attack but Deuba govt needs to do more (kp 06/12/2017), Security stepped up ahead of phase II polls (ht 06/12/2017) [??], AI concerned about increasing violence (ht 06/12/2017)

NC’s Thapa among 11 injured in blast: First explosion in Capital targeting campaign three days ahead of polls, by Manish Gautam (kp 05/12/2017), Blasts targeting candidates continue unabated: IED goes off near a hotel in Dhangadi where PM Deuba was staying (kp 05/12/2017), Bomb blasts continue: MoHA reiterates commitment to holding peaceful elections, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 05/12/2017), ‘Lack of designated home minister affecting security’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 05/12/2017), Security tops agenda for poll observers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/12/2017), Frequent blasts have challenged poll security, says NHRC (ht 05/12/2017), Cowardly act: The government must tell the public why the security agencies have not been able to control such violence (ht 05/12/2017), Security heightened for Thursday’s vote. by Aman Koirala (kp 05/12/2017), Extra funds sought for ferrying ballot boxes (kp 05/12/2017), Daily wagers being paid to trigger blasts, claim Nepal Police, by Rewati Sapkota and Tilak Rimal (kp 05/12/2017)

Bajura women not free to exercise voting rights, by Prakash Singh (ht 05/12/2017)

Silence period on (ht 05/12/2017), No voter education in rural areas of Saptari (ht 05/12/2017), Dom voters want candidates to improve their living condition, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Hari Adhikari (ht 05/12/2017), Empty stomachs matter more than elections for Majhis, by Chhabi Lal Tiwari (rep 05/12/2017)

602 contesting elections for 63 seats in Province 1 (ht 05/12/2017)

‘80pc vehicles booked for taking voters home’: According to transport entrepreneurs, there are  only 20 percent vehicles for passengers to choose a ride on until today, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/12/2017), Growing chill troubles poll officials, by Biplav Bhattarai and Chandra Karki (kp 05/12/2017), Poll deployments hit essential services, by Kamal Panthi (kp 05/12/2017)

17 votes cast in the name of deceased (kp 05/12/2017)

Security agencies intensify patrol: Detain 284 people with guns, explosive devices (kp 04/12/2017), Peaceful election: Govt should do all it can to stop security threats so that people can vote without fear (kp 04/12/2017)

Poll body: ‘Election quiz’ also has questions on CPN-UML (kp 04/12/2017), EC confident of secure elections: Says preparations for Thursday’s voting complete (kp 04/12/2017), Yadav confident about poll security: Chief election commissioner asks voters to cast votes without any fear (ht 04/12/2017), Poll candidates face an uphill struggle to win over disillusioned voters in Kathmandu-2 (ht 04/12/2017), Poll candidates yet to reach Dalit settlement in Siraha district: Party cadres will reach the settlement with alcohol and meat a day before polls (ht 04/12/2017) [???], Female voters to decide fate of candidates: On Friday alone, around 55 men of Mangalsain left for India for employment (ht 04/12/2017), Election code violated in Saptari (ht 04/12/2017), Top leaders in tough poll battles (rep 04/12/2017), Tired of tall promises, voters avoid campaigners, by Tekendra Basyal (rep 04/12/2017), Young candidate to give tough fight to seasoned ones in Lalitpur, by Pooja Chauhan (rep 04/12/2017)

EC’s poll code limited to papers only? No action taken against anyone except a few warnings here and there: Election observers say the poll authority on almost all occasions has turned  a blind eye to poll code  violation (kp 03/12/2017) [Only foreign election observers are punished severely for doing their job!!]

EC working to publish results within week; Official: Election Commission preparing to relay vote counting updates more frequently (kp 03/12/2017) [It would be better for many reasons if only preliminary final results are published for each constituency! The continued publishing of intermediate results is confusing and provokes militant actions!]

Caste equationslikely to playcrucial role in Dhanusha, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Brij Kumar Yadav (ht 03/12/2017)

Case filed demanding re-poll, by Keshav Adhikari (ht 03/12/2017)

Appearance and Reality: During election campaigns, candidates display ostensible acts of kindness and desire to serve, by Prawash Gautam (kp 03/12/2017), Triangular contest in Mahottari-3, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/12/2017), Nidhi, Mahato brace for close contest in Dhanusha-3 (ht 03/12/2017), Amendment dominates three-way poll race in Province 2 (rep 03/12/2017), Will Karki be able to protect the legacy of Koirala's?, by Amar Khadka (rep 03/12/2017), Rebel candidates pose challenge to left alliance in Salyan, by Devendra Basnet (rep 03/12/2017)

Rain likely to play spoilsport with phase II polls (ht 03/12/2017)

‘Decisive’ Gurkhas don’t count much, by Lila Ballav Ghimire and Pradeep Menyangbo (kp 03/12/2017)

Blasts continue in various districts (kp 03/12/2017), Army enhances presence to curb anti-poll actions: NA officials say resurgence of violent activities has prompted them to ‘play  a more active role’  in maintaining law and order during the elections (kp 03/12/2017), APF, Indian SSB start joint border patrol (kp 03/12/2017), Security situation ‘normal’ in Tarai districts, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 03/12/2017)

Home but not dry: The two-phase elections will conclude this week, but the federal journey has just begun, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 02/12/2017)

Parties giving voters free ride home, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/12/2017), ‘Madhesi parties will best serve our interest, so we’ll vote for them’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/12/2017), ‘Parties flouting poll code of conduct’ (ht 02/12/2017), Congress, left alliance candidates in close contest in Tanahun (ht 02/12/2017), Election code violation rampant in Chitwan, by Rewati Sapkota and Tilak Rimal (ht 02/12/2017), Triangular contest in Saptari district (ht 02/12/2017)

Re-election sees lower voter turnout: At one centre, voter turnout was 42.46 pc on Friday, down from 65.34 pc earlier, by Hari Gautam (kp 02/12/2017)

EC instructs agencies to step up security (kp 01/12/2017), Four injured in Itahari blast, by Bedraj Poudel (kp 01/12/2017), ‘Chand-led CPN grave threat to security’ (ht 01/12/2017), Blast in Capital hours after security meet, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/12/2017), One killed, five dozen hurt in violence over two weeks (kp 02/12/2017), EC urges parties to aid security (kp 02/12/2017)

Oli denies ‘match fixing’ with Sitaula: UML chair reiterates that his party was committed to supporting Rastriya Prajatantra Party’s Rajendra Lingden in the constituency as announced earlier (kp 01/12/2017) [???], Aggressive campaigning by parties leaves voters in a fix, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 01/12/2017), EC Commissioner Shah inspects poll campaign (ht 01/12/2017), Contestants wooing indigenous Tharu community voters (ht 01/12/2017), Jha calls on voters to elect Madhesi alliance candidates (ht 01/12/2017), Statute amendment top agenda for FSF-N, RJP-N (ht 01/12/2017), Last lavish lap: As Election Day draws closer, candidates are trying to outdo each other in wooing swing voters, and win power (nt 01/12/2017), Voters' vow: Neither bullets nor cynicism will deter people from delivering their political verdict, by Om Astha Rai (nt 01/12/2017), Political theories versus reality: Ongoing elections mark the dawn of federalism but candidates believe power will rest in Kathmandu, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 01/12/2017), Performance vs promises (nt 01/12/2017), Mahantha Thakur's prospects uncertain in Mahottari, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 01/12/2017), Our election circus, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 01/12/2017), Putting NC Marginal Candidates At Risk, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 01/12/2017)

Voter turnout decreases in Nuwakot, by Bhagawati Lama (rep 01/12/2017)

CEC's daughter-in-law in Maoist PR list (rep 01/12/2017)

Temporary cop injured in Dang explosion dies: 1st casualty of anti-poll activities, by Durga Lal KC (kp 30/11/2017), NC candidate among seven hurt in Udaypur IED blast, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 30/11/2017), NHRC condemns rising incidents of bomb attack (kp 30/11/2017), EC seeks security stratagy for second phase polls (kp 30/11/2017), How to save the election: Premier Deuba has failed to demonstrate strong  commitment to security for historic elections (kp 30/11/2017)

Horsing around: Insincerity and false promises has become a staple of Nepali politics now, rendering vote swings highly probable, by Deepak Thapa (kp 30/11/2017), First-Phase Federal And Provincial Elections, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 30/11/2017)

Re-polling at two centres in Rukum (West) tomorrow, by Hari Gautam (kp 30/11/2017), All ballot boxes secured at district headquarters (kp 30/11/2017)

NC sends central reps to 45 districts (kp 29/11/2017), Left alliance reverts focus to door-to-door campaign (kp 29/11/2017), Party’s poll drive in line with EC rules, says UML: The EC had directed the UML to come clean within 24 hours over the publica-tion of ads in broadsheet dailies appealing for votes (kp 30/11/2017), RPP’s Bohara accused of poll code violation (kp 30/11/2017)

Proxy voting blamed for highest turnout, by Arjun Shah (kp 29/11/2017), Low participation in Dhading (kp 29/11/2017)

Water, land titles among voters’ concern (kp 29/11/2017), Work comes first for labourers, not election, by Shiva Puri (kp 29/11/2017)

Kanda ballots reach Bajhang HQ, finally (kp 29/11/2017)

Govt plans to deploy 60,000 security forces in 8 districts, by Manish Gautam (kp 29/11/2017)

IED blast in Tulsipur leaves nine injured, by Durga Lal KC (kp 29/11/2017)

After polls, ballot box safety major concern: Political parties in Sindhupalchok install close-circuit television cameras (kp 28/11/2017), Ballots from 40 polling stations to be airlifted, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 28/11/2017), EC warns against opinion polls, survey (kp 28/11/2017) [??], Party representatives dispute over boarding chopper: Helicopter returns without carrying ballot boxes (kp 28/11/2017), Chopper returns without ballot boxes from Kanda: Row over who will board copter (ht 28/11/2017), Migration, terror blamed for low voter turnout, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/11/2017), IEDs detonated targetting ballot boxes (kp 28/11/2017)

No violence please: Use of guns and explosives to dirupt electoral environment can have long-term implications on national security, by Binoj Basnyat (kp 28/11/2017)

Shivpujan Ray Yadav’s nomination annulled (ht 28/11/2017), Yadav to move court against EC for revoking his candidacy: Left bloc candidate ousted from race for corruption (kp 28/11/2017), SC seeks cause of Yadav’s ouster from race (kp 06/12/2017), SC upholds EC move of revoking Shiva Pujan Yadav’s candidacy (kp 07/12/2017)

Congress courts Madhesi, fringe forces to contain left: There is a ‘tentative agreement’ that the two sides  should forge alliance in the constituencies where  the prospects of the left alliance winning are high (kp 28/11/2017), Old foes back in race after 23 years, by Pratap Bista (kp 28/11/2017), Unfounded fears: Portrayal of the left alliance as a potential threat to democracy is nothing more than political propaganda, by Lalbabu Yadav (kp 28/11/2017)

Vote in 32 districts a success, says EC; Former chief election commissioner Uprety: More than 65 percent turnout satisfactory against the odds (kp 27/11/2017), CEC Yadav hails effective security, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/11/2017), 2 dozen hurt in clashes, repolling at two centres (kp 27/11/2017), Peaceful polls (ht 27/11/2017), Women voters turn out ‘in force’, by Manoj Badu (kp 27/11/2017), Observers urge EC to focus on better voter education (kp 27/11/2017), Despite concerns, over 60 percent vote in Province 6 (kp 27/11/2017), Tingla folk boycott polls yet again (kp 27/11/2017), All that is free and fair: The first phase of elections has gone well despite deep apprehension (kp 27/11/2017), Thirty per cent votes cast in Thawang: This is remarkable, considering no vote was cast in 2013 CA election, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 27/11/2017)

There is no transparency on political parties’ election spending, interview with Shree Hari Aryal (kp 27/11/2017)

Snowfall in high-altitude regions (kp 26/11/2017), EC urges all to exercise franchise without fear, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/11/2017), Reliable security measures in place: Ministry (kp 26/11/2017), Robust security in place for elections, says  home ministry (ht 26/11/2017), Explosion at polling centre creates panic (ht), Media warned against ‘code violation’ (kp 26/11/2017), Prithvi Highway shut for 17 hours (kp 26/11/2017) [??], It’s a six-hour trek to polling centre, but voters undaunted, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 26/11/2017)

Few candidates reach Shikaribas, by ShankarAcharya (kp 26/11/2017), A look at some top battles (kp 26/11/2017)

Badi voters seek guarantee of permanent settlement, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 25/11/2017), Musahar community  neglected by candidates in Bara, by Pushpa Raj Khatiwada (ht 25/11/2017)

EC bars two EU observers from poll monitoring (kp 25/11/2017) [As a consequence, all poliiticians and parties that have violated the election code of conduct should be bared from elections??], ‘Government has violated election code’: Govt allegedly distributed a huge sum of money to  cadres of ruling parties (ht 25/11/2017) [This must be checked by international election observation teams as well if the election observation shall make any sense!!], EC helpless against poll code violators: Observers: Lack of effective voter education programme is another concern raised, by Tika R. Prahan (kp 25/11/2017, Parties clash in different districts ahead of polls (kp 25/11/2017), CEC appeals to all sides to respect silent period (kp 25/11/2017), EC asks RPP boss to clarify (kp 25/11/2017), Blasts continue, explosive devices defused (kp 25/11/2017), Attacks on cadres condemned (ht 25/11/2017), Pedestrian injured in explosion (ht 25/11/2017), Two arrested forinvolvement in anti-poll activities (ht 25/11/2017) [Peaceful activists are arrested, but the militants are allowed to run free!]

People can vote with old ID cards: EC: The election body started issuing voter ID cards  from the polling centres  in 32 districts on Friday (kp 25/11/2017)

NC fields highest number of candidates (ht 25/11/2017)

64,020 NA personnel deployed for poll security (ht 25/11/2017)

Election watch: Free and fair poll observation is  important exercise in a democracy (kp 24/11/2017)

Power centre: Electing the Parliament and state assemblies does not necessarily ensure the kind of decentralisation that Nepalis have long needed, by Om Astha Rai (nt 24/11/2017), Key to the future: Leaders and activists interested in shaping Nepal’s future should focus on shaping up the elections, by Dinkar Nepal (nt 24/11/2017)

MoHA orders arrest of top CPN leaders: Anti-poll activities continue despite govt’s ‘improved security’ claims (kp 24/11/2017), Anti-poll activities continue, election officials attacked (kp 24/11/2017), Rally ban in fear of clash (kp 24/11/2017)

Back to district for elections, by Aash Gurung (kp 24/11/2017), Poll officials find it hard to reach villages: It takes three days on  foot to reach Junichande  and Barekot rural  municipalities from the  district headquarters (kp 24/11/2017), Livelihood concerns Rajapur locals more than elections, by Kamal Panthi (kp 24/11/2017)

Election economics: Campaign spending pumps cash into the economy and stimulates short-term growth, by Shiv Raj Bhatt (kp 24/11/2017)

EC rejects govt request to transfer officials (kp 24/11/2017), Election Commission cancels transfer of three CDOs, three others (kp 24/11/2017)

Silence period for Sunday’s vote begins: 300-metre periphery of the polling centre to be cleared of publicity materials (kp 24/11/2017)

‘Illiterate women voters of Bajhang at risk of manipulation’, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 23/11/2017), When radio is king: Battle for hearts, minds and ears as elections near (kp 23/11/2017), Voters’ confusion (ht 23/11/2017)

Scores of CPN activists arrested in the run-up to upcoming polls (kp 23/11/2017), MoHA: Tight security in place for Sunday polls, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 23/11/2017)

Fighting alienation: During elections, rational voting has to flourish and negative elements should not be allowed to outweigh positive ones, by Sajal Mani Dhital (kp 23/11/2017)

Code violations go unchecked (kp 23/11/2017), Phase I poll campaigning ends tonight (ht 23/11/2017)

EU reps violate election code in Kanchanpur, by Chitranga Thapa (kp 23/11/2017), EC urged to bar EU poll observers from Kanchanpur, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/11/2017), CEC hardens position on int’l poll observers: Says there’s no need for missions, monitors to certify elections of Nepal (kp 23/11/2017) [????]

Govt to file cases against anti-poll elements in court, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 22/11/2017), CEC asks govt to ensure security for voters (ht 22/11/2017), SC calls parties, EC to discuss 33 pc women candidates, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/11/2017) [Why only 4 days ahead of the first election day?], 319 PR candidates in closed list in Province 4 (ht 22/11/2017), Most voting centres sensitive (ht 22/11/2017)

Karnali region: Candidates quiet about perennial food shortage, underdevelopment, by Janak Nepal and Prakash Adhikari (kp 22/11/2017), Rural Palpa don’t know how to vote; poll body to send educators soon, by Madhav Aryal (kp 22/11/2017), Ignorant voters in a remote Panchthar village in dire need of voting lessons, by Roshan S. Nepal and Laxmi Gautam (ht 22/11/2017), Muslim voters confused (ht 22/11/2017)

Provincial assembly candidates overshadowed in campaigns (ht 22/11/2017)

CPN-MC to wind up campaign in Chunwang: Security beefed up, separate campaign route fixed for NC to avoid clash, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 22/11/2017)

Four CDOs transferred (kp 22/11/2011)

Deuba tells forces to act tough: Pledges security agencies resources and support to curbing activities that threaten peaceful elections, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 21/11/2017), Security measures upped around election offices, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/11/2017), Candidate’s vehicle torched, IEDs found in several places (kp 21/11/2017)

Border voters demand more police in their towns and villages, by Madhav Ghimire and Binod Bhandari (kp 21/11/2017), Rukum West contestants set precedent for campaigning: Incurring minimal expenditure to spread their message without violating poll code of conduct, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 21/11/2017), Congress, Madhes parties under urge to seek poll alliance to take on left, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 21/11/2017), Langtang: Where election candidates never go, by Him Nath Devkota (rep 21/11/2017), New candidates put up fight against 'heavyweights' in Sunsari (rep 21/11/2017), Underprivileged Dom community unfazed by elections, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 21/11/2017), Parties found breaching election code as authority turns blind eye, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 21/11/2017)

Talking through their hat: Many of the health care promises in the election manifestos are absurd and undoable, by Nirmal Kandel (kp 21/11/2017)

Printing of ballot papers completed: EC (kp 21/11/2017), Poll panel prints over 57 million ballot papers (ht 21/11/2017)

Final list of PR candidates: Women account for 55pc of total PR candidates; After EC disqualifies 253, total number comes down to 5,838 (kp 20/11/2017)

Phials of blood: How would the Madhesi activists who agitated for constitutional change vote in a poll being held to ensure the inviolability of the same statute?, by CK Lal (rep 20/11/2017)

Nepal needs the PR electoral system until we achieve inclusiveness that renders PR unnecessary, interview with BhojraJ Pokharel (kp 20/11/2017)

Army to step up poll security measures: Says it will conduct land and aerial patrols as violent acts go unabated, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 20/11/2017)

Left alliance to carry on with its campaign: Maoist Chairman  Dahal was in Jhapa when his son Prakash breathed his last on Sunday morning, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 20/11/2017)

Despite higher population size women voters are less than men (kp 19/11/2017)

New direction: In these elections, for the first time in the country’s history, development agenda tops, by Prawash Gautam (kp 19/11/2017)

Voter education materials looted (kp 19/11/2017)

Candidates fund themselves for campaigns, mostly, by Biinod Ghimire and Sanjeev Giri (kp 19/11/2017)

NC, Maoist Centre leaders attacked: Blast targeted at Mahat injures six in Nuwakot (kp 18/11/2017), EC says it is serious about candidates’ security (kp 18/11/20187), Attacks on leaders continue unchecked:  IED hurled at NC leader Ram Chandra Poudel’s vehicle in Tanahun n Explosion near left alliance programme venue in Rautahat (kp 19/11/2017), MoHA says ‘attention drawn to assaults': Yet to release information on who are behind blasts (kp 19/11/2017)

188 types of poll signs on ballots (kp 18/11/2017)

From the margins: While there are sparse Muslim settlements in the hilly regions of far western Nepal, they receive little to no attention from government agencies, and political candidates vying for office, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 18/11/2017)

Elections becoming ‘unnaturally expensive’: Study says Rs 5,000 spent per voter during local polls, by Prithvi Shrestha and Binod Ghimire (kp 18/11/2017), Follow the money! Our political parties never tell the EC, or the people, where they get their funds from and it seems that the EC does not have the courage to take any action, by Guffadi (kp 18/11/2017)

Incidents of attack on leaders stoke concern: IED blasts targeting candidates, poll campaigns continue unabated; Police say they have upped vigilance, arrested over 150 in two weeks (kp 17/11/2017), 5 NCP cadres arrested (kp 17/11/2017)

Youths ‘least bothered’ about voting (kp 17/11/2017), Nudges for betterment: Political parties contesting achievable goals, accompanied by an aware voter base, would set Nepal in the right direction, by Jaya Jung Mahat (kp 17/11/2017)

Kailali-5 contest: A test of Arzu’s popularity, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 17/11/2017), Changing face of election campaign: Political parties, leaders turn to social, digital media to reach voters, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 17/11/2017), Alliance politics: Foes turn friends in West Rukum: UML’s Sher Bahadur KC supporting Maoist Centre’s Janardan Sharma who defeated him in 2008 CA polls, by Durga lal KC and Hari Gautam (kp 17/11/2017)

EC ‘concerned’ about ‘secret financial dealings’: CEC Yadav seeks support from all sectors to curb such activities (kp 16/11/2017), ‘Whither development, whither employment? Candidates face tough questions while canvassing, by Madhav Ghimire’ (kp 16/11/2017), Volunteers take voter education to rice, cardamom plantations (kp 16/11/2017)

Blind people call for secret voting rights (kp 16/11/2017), It takes 8 hours for Siddara locals to vote!, by Birendra KC (kp 16/11/2017), Rural voters unaware of polls, by Purna BK (kp 16/11/2017)

Deuba courts Nepalgunj Mayor Rana to boost NC-led alliance (kp 16/11/2017), Unsecure: Govt, security agencies need to be vigilant to curb attacks on election candidates (kp 16/11/2017)

Women voters outnumber men in 3 states, 39 districts (kp 15/11/2017), Tales of the far west: The focus is on marginalised groups as they contain a large number of swing voters, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 15/11/2017)

Blasts targeting candidates cause for concern, say poll observers (kp 15/11/2017), NHRC to probe attacks on candidates (kp 15/11/2017), UML criticises government over attacks on left candidates (kp 15/11/2017), Carter Center launches int’l poll observation (kp 15/11/2017), Use of kids in campaigns raises concerns (kp 15/11/2017), 22 NCP cadres arrested in Province 4 (kp 15/11/2017)

Keen contest in Ktm-5 as heavyweights clash, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 15/11/2017), Poll fight gets tough, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 15/11/2017), Koirala, Pandit frontrunners in Morang-6 (kp 15/11/2017)

Money, muscle and politics: Corrupt politicians should be voted out of office, but this does not happen in Nepal, by Bigyan Prasai (kp 14/11/2017)

Poll costs to exceed Rs 20b (kp 14/11/2017)

SSF-N manifesto targets ‘identity’ supporters, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 14/11/2017), Poll campaigns losing frills in Province 1 (kp 14/11/2017), Dodhara-Chandani asks for jobs, development projects, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 14/11/2017), Billionaire Chaudhary joins NC’s Koirala in election rally, by Narayan Sharma (kp 14/11/2017)

Banda hits life in Rolpa (kp 14/11/2017), Chitwan makes special  security  arrangement, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 14/11/2017)

Voters of remote Shyamrang want deliverance from endemic poverty, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 13/11/2017)

Only sound and fury, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 13/11/2017)

Challenges galore for 5-time MP, 4-time PM Deuba, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Mohan Budhair (kp 13/11/2017), Oli’s rival Adhikari urges voters to choose young and dynamic leaders, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 13/11/2017), Toss-up between NC and left alliance in Kailali-4, by DR Panta (kp 13/11/2017)

Unidentified group fires at Pun’s team, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 13/11/2017), EC: Security upped for candidates (kp 13/11/2017)

‘70pc votes cast for ward member in local polls invalid’ (kp 12/11/2017)

No enforcement: Flouting election Codes of Conduct will have a multiplier effect on the level of corruption, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp 12/11/2017)

Thapa fights to retain repute, Bhattarai makes fresh foray, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 12/11/20177), Supporters see Rawal as future PM, UML boss: Opponents charge him with doing little for the district, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Menuka Dhungana (kp 12/11/2017), Reopening of Tatopani border main agenda: Incumbent and former information ministers in the fray, by Anish Tiwari (kp 12/11/2017), Flood victims’ request to candidates: Build our houses: Say they will vote for those who can address the flooding problem, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 12/11/2017)

Cache of explosive materials seized, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 12/11/2017)

18-40 age group makes up over half of voters, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/11/2017)

Back to the basics: While manifestos pledge railways, rapid development, and foreign investment; voters want political actors to stick to the basics, by Sanjeev Giri (kp11/11/2017), Putting people first: While infrastructural development has brought much-welcome changes, social development is the need of the hour, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 11/11/2017), Fake manifestos: Our political parties should stop wasting money publishing  hawa-daari manifestos and littering our streets, by Guffadi (kp 11/11/2017)

Bibeksheel Sajha manifesto out with focus on prosperity (kp 11/11/2017), Dipayal as state capital major agenda in Doti: Dipayal was the headquarters of the far-western region before the country adopted federalism, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 11/11/2017)

IEDs hurled at election motorcade of Sharma (kp 11/11/2017), 2 injured as NC, left bloc activists clash in Solu, by Kumbharaj Rai (kp 11/11/2017)

8 women in the fray in Dang (kp 10/11/2017), No female Muslim FPTP candidate in Province 1, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 10/11/2017), Poll campaigns yet to reach Chepang settlement (kp 10/11/2017)

More women in campaigns as most of men are abroad, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 10/11/2017) (related to Dolakha), Mechi Pari locals feel snubbed by leaders: Say elections hardly matter to them; All they want is basic facilities, by Sanjeev Giri and Parbat Portel (kp 10/11/2017)

Voters ‘unaware’ of duties of centre and state govts: Experts say political parties and leaders should have done enough homework to make voters understand powers and responsibilities of central and provincial governments, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/11/2017)

Why vote? I will never endorse anyone blindly; my endorsement will depend on past records and personal demeanour, by Pramod Mishra (kp 09/11/2017), Numbers are not enough: It will not do much good if women elected to power are not committed to the cause, by Tara Kanel (kp 09/11/2017)

SC ruling ‘forced’ EC to buy additional 100 tons of paper (kp 09/11/2017)

Security situation in Province 2 discussed (kp 09/11/2017)

Parties stress on pollution control, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 09/11/2017)

Gender discriminatory practices not on parties’ vote agenda, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 08/11/2017)

Villages where no one goes to ask for votes, by DR Panta (kp 08/11/2017), Darchula, East Rukum voters at a loss, by Manoj Badu and Hari Gautam (kp 08/11/2017)

Money for nothing: When elections become race for patronage rather than principles they are bound to be expensive (kp 08/11/2017)

EC to see if poll duty officials can vote (kp 08/11/2017), 300 polling centres ‘highly sensitive’, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 08/11/2017), Poll materials dispatched to 28 districts: EC (kp 08/11/2017), Pistol found on bike used by MC candidate (kp 08/11/2017)

EU launches poll observation mission (kp 08/11/2017)

An octogenarian’s fixation with running against Deuba: Karna Singh Rawal has been contesting against NC chief since 1999, by Mohan Budhair (kp 08/11/2017), Left alliance commits to stability, prosperity: UML-Maoist manifesto silent on stated goal of replacing form of governance with directly elected president, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/11/2017), RPP ‘firm on Hindu state, monarchy’ (kp 08/11/2017)

Voters, leaders in eastern hills stress connectivity with China: Say road networks to north could change the face of entire region, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 07/11/2017)

Seats up but claimants fewer than in CA vote, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/11/2017), Seat-sharing with UML: Maoists fear absence of FPTP candidates may hit PR votes, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/11/20187)

Candidates’ total expenditure set to exceed Rs 10 billion (kp 07/11/2017)

Youth look for those with development agenda, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 06/11/2017), Dalits hold the key, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 06/11/2017)

PM calls for effective voter education drive: Asks EC to ensure greater participation of people; Records at the poll  authority show that  the percentage of void votes was 12.5 percent in local elections (kp 06/11/2017), The EC constantly shifts positions and buckles under pressure, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety (kp 06/11/2017)

Congress to throw weight behind Thakur: Withdraws candidacy of its leader Bajranga Nepali in Mahottari-3, by Rabindra Upreti (kp 06/11/2017), 4,482 in the fray for Phase II:EC distributes election symbols n Says parties can start poll campaigns from today (kp 06/11/2017), In Morang-6, Koirala, Pandit set for tough fight, by Madhav Ghimire (kp 06/11/2017), SSF-N, RJP-N snub principle of inclusion: FPTP list for federal polls does not have even one woman (kp 11/11/2017), (Un)easy alliances: Elections are weeks away; left and NC-led  alliances have different political characteristics (kp 06/11/2017)

No women candidates in Province 6 for FPTP vote, by Janak Nepal (kp 05/11/2017), Only 5.5 per cent female candidates in Kavre (ht 05/11/2017), ‘Dummy’ candidates in fray, by Aman Koirala (kp 05/11/2017), Disgruntled party cadres to contest independently (ht), UML asks rebels to withdraw candidacies (kp 05/11/2017), EC annuls Govinda Raj Joshi’s candidacy, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 05/11/2017), Heavyweights bracing for tough fight in constituency-2 of Saptari, by Byas Shankar Acharya (ht 05/11/2017), Dozens of businessmen in election fray, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 05/11/2017)

First-time voters against gerontocracy, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 05/11/2017)

HRMEA prone to misuse: The phrase ‘as far as possible’ in the Act lets leaders choose from PR list, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 05/11/2017)

Election authority yet to start voter education drive: Vote three weeks away; Fear for high invalid votes (kp 05/11/2017), Districts asked for poll supply plan, by Manish Gautam (kp 05/11/2017), 1,900 poll code violation complaints filed at EC, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 05/11/2017)

In Darchula, voters say development matters more than ideology, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 05/11/2017), Taplejung locals upbeat about stability after polls, by Sanjeev Giri and Ananda Gautam (kp 05/11/2017)

EC readies PR candidate list for two polls: 56 percent of 6,094 fielded under the category are women (kp 04/11/2017), PR lists for parliamentary, provincial polls unveiled (ht 04/11/2017), Ballot papers dispatched to districts (ht 04/11/2017)

Election manifesto: Charter amendment top agenda of Madhes-based parties, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 04/10/2017), UML tops others in fielding CM hopefuls, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/11/2017), Two alliances neck and neck in Lamjung (ht 04/11/2017), Eight ex-finance ministers contesting polls (04/11/2017), Mahara, Pokhrel file candidacies from Dang (ht 04/11/2017), Old faces dominate nominations in Surkhet (ht 04/11/2017)

4,708 file nominations for Phase II polls, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/11/2017), Parties face hard time ‘adjusting’ leaders: See rebel candidates in some places after  some popular faces left out, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/11/2017), Candidates file nominations amid fanfare (kp 03/11/2017), Bibeksheel Sajha contesting for 60 seats, with focus on Valley (kp 03/11/2017), Candidates' lists infested with criminals, goons, by Manish Gautam (kp 03/11/2017), Dhungana makes a comeback to politics after 23 years: To contest for the NC in Bhaktapur Constituency-2, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 03/11/2017), Left bloc common manifesto lashes out at Congress (kp 03/11/2017), 4 female candidates contesting in Kailali, by DR Panta (kp 03/11/2017), Major political parties fail to field enough number of women candidates (ht 03/11/2017), Politicians in proportion: Women must be allowed to contest direct elections so as to develop leadership skills (kp 03/11/2017) [Its is their right! Men have nothing to allow!], NC to contest 120 parliamentary seats in second round of polls (ht 03/11/2017), Poll alliances have reduced possible clashes, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 03/11/2017), Nomination filing peaceful in Province 7, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 03/11/217), Parties fielding senior leaders eyeing CM posts, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 03/11/2017)

56 organisations permitted to monitor elections, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 03/11/2017)

Electoral competency: Women are still underrepresented in Nepali politics and the PR system has not made it any better, by Sanjaya Mahato (kp)  Women candidates few and far between in NC: Party leadership struggles to quell charges of nepotism and favouritism, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 02/11/2017), Maoist Centre finalises  its candidates for Valley: Choice of Sharma, Pun sparks uproar (kp 02/11/2017), Keen contest on cards in Gulmi-1, by Ghanashyam Gautam (kp 02/11/2017), Sitaula, Lingden face each other for third time (kp 02/11/2017)

SSF-N, RJP-N finalise seats for Province 2 (kp 01/11/2017), NC unveils election manifesto (kp 01/11/2017), NC advocates for wealth redistribution, social insurance (kp 01/11/2017)

Snowfall hinders poll campaigns in high altitude regions (kp 01/11/2017)

Major forces get time slots for nomination (kp 01/11/2017)

EC gears up for separate ballots: Move follows consultation with attorney general; Having 2 different ballots ‘not to hit’ poll schedule, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/10/2017), Poll panel to abide by court directive: To print separate FPTP ballot papers for provincial, parliamentary polls, by Arjun Poudel (ht 30/10/2017), SC’s strong directives to EC at this crucial time will hamper progress made towards FDR, interview with Bipin Adhikari (kp 30/10/2017), EC condemned for ignoring SC order (ht 30/10/2017) [Parties and politicians ignore SC orders as well!], Decision to print separate ballots: EC activities postponed (kp 01/11/2017)

EC tells govt to cancel Rs10b programme (kp 30/10/2017), EC bars ex-MPs from spending CDF money (rep 30/10/2017)

Polls prevent many Mustang locals from moving to lowlands despite growing chill, by Bishan Chhetri (rep 30/10/2017)

Too poor to run! If election tickets are to be auctioned off to highest bidders, why would anyone devote her life for the party’s betterment?, by Subhash Ghimire (rep 30/10/2017)

PR candidate lists in (kp 30/10/2017), Sitaula to run from Jhapa-3 (kp 30/10/2017), Left alliance struggles to finalise constituencies: Division of constituencies in Chitwan, Jhapa, Salyan, Udaypur and Sunsari has remained undecided, according to UML sources (kp 30/10/2017), SSF, RJP fail to pick common candidates (kp 30/10/2017), Parties finalise candidates for PR lists (ht 30/10/2017), Left alliance close to finalizing FPTP candidates (rep 30/10/2017), Left alliance allocates poll constituencies in Biratnagar (ht 30/10/2017), NC proposes alliance in selected seats in Province-2 (rep 30/10/2017)

Cong factions play favourites as party selects candidates: Deuba flexing his muscles in ticket distribution; Poudel not happy, Sitaula camp in a tight spot, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 29/10/2017), Congress, left alliance set for a close fight in Bajura: Going by the results of local level polls, communist forces are likely to have the upper hand (kp 29/10/2017), Left alliance to launch East-West campaign from November 5, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/10/2017), No deal yet with FSF-N, RJP-N: NC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/10/2017), Congress discusses changes to Proportional Representation list (ht 29/10/2017), Second phase of FPTP polls: Left alliance fails to finalise seat sharing (ht 29/10/2017), Same old faces in fray for polls in province 6 (ht 29/10/2017)

Govt releases Rs5b for federal, provincial polls (kp 29/10/2017), Reps of candidates may stay at ballot boxes storage locations (kp 29/10/2017), Training for Myadis from today: Names of more than 98,000 personnel finalised for deployment (kp 29/10/2017)

Resettlement process: Locals affected by Budhi Gandaki hydro project warn to boycott polls, by Sudeep Kaini (kp 29/10/2017)

Crime does pay: If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from watching too many films it is that participation in politics is natural progression for gangsters, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 28/10/2017)

Dalit leaders demand fair distribution of tickets in second phase elections (ht 28/10/2017)

Election Picking Up Momentum, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 28/10/2017), Security beefed up for HoR, provincial polls (ht 28/10/2017), No voting centre set up at Nyuna yet again (ht 28/10/2017), Dolakha candidates wooing voters in Kathmandu to ensure victory (ht 28/10/2017), 131,950 new voters in Province 7 (ht 28/10/2017)

UML, Maoist Centre launch joint campaign, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 27/10/2017), NC decides constituencies for top leaders (kp 27/10/2017), Left alliance finalises seat sharing for Dec 7; NC, Madhes-based parties struggling with seat allocation (ht 27/10/2017), Maoist leader Paudel in race from Baglung-2: Paudel, who recently quit Naya Shakti Party to rejoin CPN (Maoist Centre), will have NC’s Niraj Pun as his main contender in the race (kp 27/10/2017), Chances of Cong alliance with SSF-N, RJP-N slim: The parties likely to work to ensure victory for their ‘top leaders’ (kp 28/10/2017), NC not keen on democratic alliance, allege FSF-N, RJP-N, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 28/10/2017), FSF-N, RJP-N close to deal (ht 28/10/2017), Gear up for polls, Deuba to Tarun Dal (kp 28/10/2017), NC nominates a few more candidates (ht 28/10/2017), Left alliance likely to finalise seat sharing today, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 28/10/2017)

Parties commit to following poll code of conduct (ht 27/10/2017)

Offices of chief returning officers set up for December 7 polls (ht 27/10/2017)

SC orders separate ballots for two polls: Asks EC to present report on progress made since its earlier ruling; An election commissioner says polls not possible on November 26 if separate ballots were to be printed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/10/2017), SC seeks progress info from EC on printing separate ballots (rep 26/10/2017), EC not to print separate FPTP ballot papers: Supreme Court orders commissioners of the poll panel to furnish clarification within three days, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Arjun Poudel (ht 26/10/2017), Court ruling on separate ballots raises concerns, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 27/10/2017), EC working on response to court (kp 27/10/2017), EC undecided on FPTP ballot papers, by Arjun Poudel (ht 27/10/2017), Respect SC order: The EC should be prepared to print separate ballot papers if the SC orders so as the apex court’s order is binding to all state organs (ht 27/10/2017), EC starts printing of FPTP ballot papers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/10/2017), Views divided on EC’s decision (ht 28/10/2017)

EC toothless, complains Yadav: Yadav expresses his regret that the EC lacks authority to schedule or postpone elections or to make a financial decision (kp 26/10/2017)

How will we vote? Upcoming elections could be a referendum over inclusion of identity versus exclusion of nationality and nationalism, by Pramod Mishra (kp 26/10/2017)

100 candidates pull out of race: Election authority says 702 in the fray for Nov 26 vote; 40 candidates back off from federal elections and 60 from provincial polls (kp 26/10/2017), 705 in fray for Nov 26 elections (ht 26/10/2017), Dissidents of left alliance withdraw nominations (ht 26/10/2017)

NC, left alliance putting final touches on poll manifestos, by Sanjeev Giri and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 26/10/2017), NLF faction to support Yadav’s SSFN (kp 26/10/2017), ERPP-R candidate withdraws from race to join Congress (kp 26/10/2017), Dahal seeks Devi Gyawali’s support in Chitwan, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 26/10/2017), UML withdraws from Manang where gangster Manange is contesting (ht 26/10/2017) [In accordance witth article 87 of the constitution one must ask why this man is allowed to be a candidate. This is another example for the connection between political parties and criminals!], UML withdraws candidate to make way for Manange (rep 26/10/2017), Left alliance allocates FPTP constituencies (ht 26/10/2017), NC, Madhes parties at odds over share of Province 2 seats (rep 26/10/2017)

Hustle And Bustle of Elections, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 26/10/2017)

Province 4 stakeholders want early voter education (kp 26/10/2017)

Poll Alliance For Stability, by Mukti Rijal (rn 26/10/2017)

First batch of European Union election observers arrives (kp 26/10/2017), European Union deploys election observation mission to Nepal (ht 27/10/2017)

Poll duty to deprive lakhs of right to vote: EC says it didn’t have time to issue voter IDs to govt staff on poll duty (ht 25/10/2017) [This means that the elections cannot be called free and fair!], Sheer negligence: If the EC was able to arrange for government employees to exercise their voting rights in the past why cannot it do the same this time? (ht 26/10/2017)

Rebel candidates give left alliance hard time: Parties’ calls to withdraw candidacy cut no ice with ‘dissatisfied leaders', by Sanjeev Giri (kp 25/10/2017) [And what about the dissatisfied women, Dalits, etc.?]

Left alliance puts Congress in a bind (ht 25/10/2017)

‘Ballot printing for PR system nearly over’ (kp 25/10/2017)

Parties leave out women, Dalits in candidate selection, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/10/2017) [Not even 5 per cent female candidates!!], Fair share of tickets a far cry for women: Three major parties field only nine women for Nov 26 polls, by Arjun Poudel (ht 24/10/2017), Two alliances field just 8 women under FPTP in first phase polls: Poll alliances, reluctance of women aspirants, cited for low female numbers, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 24/10/2017), Gender imbalance: The major political parties  have given importance to male candidates for reasons, or rationale, beyond anybody’s comprehension (ht 24/10/2017)

EC yet to decide on types of ballot papers: Lawyers say Supreme Court order doesn’t have binding force, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 24/10/2017)

Poll alliances trigger dissent in districts, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 24/10/2017)

Private sector under pressure for donations (ht 24/10/2017) [These are extortions, not donations!],

Bibeksheel Sajha Party lays claim to limited constituencies (kp 24/10/2017)

Central level leaders contesting provincial assemblies: Most aspire for top posts, by Ashok Dahal (rep 24/10/2017)

Myadi job lures migrant workers, by Tularam Pandey (kp 24/10/2017), Over 46,000 apply for temporary police jobs in Province 1, by Siddha Raj Rai (rep 24/10/2017), Around 300,000 apply for Myadi jobs: Nepal Police to finalise names on Friday; Govt to deploy highest number of temporary security recruits in Province 2 (kp 26/10/2017)

Bijukchhe, Nidhi talk electoral alliance (ht 24/10/2017)

Most candidates register in Dolakha (ht 24/10/2017)

EC bars use of promotional materials (kp 23/10/2017)

Nominations for first phase polls in 32 district today (kp 22/10/2017), Nominations over for Phase I polls; Leaders: Successful candidacy filing augurs well for elections crucial for implementing the new constitution, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 23/10/2017), Parties field nominees for Phase 1 polls (kp 23/10/2017), Heavyweights in Nov 26 clash (kp 23/10/2017), Limited seats force heavyweights to face off each other, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 23/10/2017), Local leaders rebel against alliance candidates (rep 23/10/2017), Maoist Centre leaders, cadres in Jajarkot disappointed with alliance decision, by Janak KC (rep 23/10/2017), Bhattarai, Shrestha trade barbs, by Sudip Kaini (kp 24/10/2017)

Federal and provincial polls: NC working to finalise candidates for 1st phase (kp 20/10/2017), Left alliance close to dividing constituencies for leaders: UML picks FPTP contestants for  32 districts, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 20/10/2017), Maoist Centre to get ‘56’ fed House seats (kp 20/10/2017)

No change in election dates, reiterates poll governing body (kp 19/10/2017)

SC rules out interim order on separate ballots for two polls: There is no need to issue an interim order at a time when ballot papers for PR system have already been sent for printing, says SC, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 19/10/2017), EC to decide on apex court order today (ht 23/10/2017)

Fewer parties contesting elections under PR system: Compared to 122 ahead of CA polls, only 49 parties in fray, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/10/2017), 49 parties file closed list of PR candidates (ht 17/10/2017)

Parties submit lists of PR candidates: Major forces register names in haste, to revise lists within EC’s deadline; UML, Congress bigwigs to contest direct elections (kp 16/10/2017), Parties file closed lists of candidates, by Arjun Poudel (ht 16/10/2017), Eleventh-hour negotiations delay filing of candidacies (rep 16/10/2017), Top leaders throw in their hats for PR polls (ht 16/10/2017), Fielding of criminal figures in polls unleashes public ire: Who will contest from Manang if not Manange?: Oli, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 17/10/2017), 88kg gold smuggling: Congress PR candidate arrested; Police: Those held earlier named Man Bahadur Tamang as point person, by Manish Gautam (kp 17/10/2017), Serious differences emerge over PR nominations (rep 17/10/2017)

Threshold forcing fringe parties to go for mergers, alliances (rep 16/10/2017)

PM’s move violates poll code but won’t affect elections: EC (kp 15/10/2017), EC issues 27-point directive to government (ht 15/10/2017)

Bibeksheel Sajha Party names more candidates (kp 15/10/2017), Parties in Dang scrambling to pick candidates, by Durga Lal KC (kp 15/10/2017)

Aspirants knocking doors of central leaders, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 15/10/2017)

PR candidates’ closed lists to be submitted today (kp 15/10/2017)

Foreign bodies invited to observe polls: EC sends invitations  to the election bodies  in India, Bangladesh,  Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 15/10/2017)

Expenditure limit for candidates up 150pc (kp 14/10/2017), Rs 2.5m poll expense limit for FPTP MP candidate; Politicians who had contested the recent local elections said the expenditure ceiling fixed by the EC on Friday was 'totally impractical', by Bhadra Sharma (rep 14/10/2017)

National Assembly election bill not listed in business schedule (ht 14/10/2017)

Lawmakers flouting poll code in Morang (ht 14/10/2017)

Report of panel probing 2013 CA poll silent about rigging (rep 14/10/2017)

7 journalists recommended as provincial poll candidates (kp 13/10/2017)

Security  agencies  told to ensure security for polls (ht 13/10/2017), Home Ministry rolls out election security plan (kp 14/10/2017)

Central leaders shun provincial poll tickets (ht 12/10/2017) [related to Province 6]

Election manifesto blues: For breakthroughs, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht 12/10/2017)

Renu Dahal votes for UML in DCC election, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep 12/10/2017)

Vote transfer row halts National Assembly Election Bill, by Ashok Dahal (rep 12/10/2017)

Govt hiring 98,168 temporary cops, by Anup Ojha (kp 11/10/2017), Temporary cop vacancies announced (ht 11/10/2017), Mahottari police office overwhelmed (kp 13/10/2017)

EC prints 1.8m dummy PR ballot papers (ht 11/10/2017)

NC, UML pick candidates in Manang (kp 11/10/2017), Three major parties recommend election candidates in Morang (ht 11/10/2017), Pre-poll alliances make fielding candidates tough for parties, by Raju Adhikari (rep 11/10/2017)

MoGA warns civil servants against contesting polls (ht 10/10/2017) [To prevent members of special vocational groups from candidating in elections is a grave violation of equal fundamental rights!]

Writ petition filed against EC over PR cluster criteria (ht 10/10/2017)

EC registers highest number of voters in Morang district (ht 10/10/2017)

'Too many old faces may dampen voter zeal', by Bhim Chapagain (rep 10/10/2017)

Election officers to be stationed in district HQs (kp 09/10/2017)

Election staffers stage protest, demand pay (ht 09/10/2017)

EC pushing for STV system, says Ila Sharma (ht 09/10/2017)

Election bill for president, vice-president passed (ht 09/10/2017)

EC holds orientation for political parties (ht 08/10/2017)

CEC Yadav warns of scraping candidacy of poll code violators (rep 08/10/2017)

Many aspirants for chief minister in Province 4, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 08/10/2017)

Old faces to dominate parliamentary, provincial polls nomination (rep 08/10/2017)

EC harbours poll deferral fears (kp 07/10/2017)

Political parties in Pokhara struggle to pick candidates, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 07/10/2017)

EC asks Dev, Pokhrel to furnish clarification: Dev has been summoned for transferring Caan chief while Pokhrel is under scanner for taking part in NC’s political programmes (kp 06/10/2017), EC seeks clarifications from NRA chief (rep 06/10/2017)

EC appoints poll officers for all 165 constituencies (rep 05/10/2017)

Election funding: Many loopholes; Our electoral laws should reflect the realities of Nepali society rather than some hoped for ideal, by Sanjaya Mahato (rep 04/10/2017)

EC makes public details of constituencies (ht 04/10/2017)

CEC stresses on flawless ballot paper printing (kp 04/10/2017)

EC updates voters’ roll to 15.4 million (kp 04/10/2017)

Upcoming polls simpler than local level elections: EC (ht 03/10/2017)

SSF-N claims Birgunj top seat (kp 28/09/2017), EC fails to meet vote count target: Task crosses 5-day deadline; Rajbiraj results delayed by late polling (kp 28/09/2017), Election results of all 136 local levels in Province 2 delivered (ht 28/09/2017)

Major party leaders campaign in Chitwan, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 27/09/2017), EC allows Carter Centre to observe elections (ht 27/09/2017)

Halted vote counting yet to resume in Kalaiya Sub-metropolitan City (ht 27/09/2017), Surya Narayan saving grace for NSN in Province 2 (ht 27/09/2017)

Sluggish vote count in Rajbiraj (ht 26/09/2017)

RJP-N wins in Janakpur: Newly united force claims the ruling Congress party’s traditional bastion, by Shyam Sundar Shashi and Santosh Singh (kp 25/09/2017), Rajbiraj Municipality still waiting for election results (ht 25/09/2017)

Expediture on poll campaigns: Most candidates yet to furnish details: EC, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/09/2017)

‘Four types of ballot paper needed’ (ht 24/09/2017), RJP objects to same ballot paper for two polls: But Election Commission clarifies ballot papers cannot be changed (kp 25/09/2017)

Madhes-based parties give tough fight to Congress in Saptari (ht 24/09/2017), UML faces crushing defeat in Rautahat (ht 24/09/2017), FSF-N wins most top seats in Parsa (ht 24/09/2017)

EC finalises ballot paper design for PR system (kp 23/09/2017), EC invites Carter for polls (kp 23/09/2017)

Money, power had role in candidate selection: Ex-prez (kp 23/09/2017), Election system should be changed: Dahal (kp 23/09/2017)

UML’s Oli urges party cadres to keep calm (kp 23/09/2017)

Major parties gear up for provincial, federal polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/09/2017)

Learning Lessons Electoral Way, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 22/09/2017), RJP-N, SSF-N putting up good showing: Congress maintains lead, Maoist Centre following (kp 22/09/2017), 50-year-old man dies in Rautahat clash, by Pawan Yadav (kp 22/09/2017), Rina Kumari Sah elected first female mayor of Province 2, by Shiva Puri (kp 22/09/2017)

EC calls parties to hold back tea reception (kp 21/09/2017)

Election Anomalies (rn 21/09/2017), RJP-N registers first win, Congress maintains lead: CPN (Maoist Centre) opens account; Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-N ahead of CPN-UML; RJP-N’s good showing despite internal disputes ahead of the elections is due to its stance on  constitutional issues, analysts say (kp 21/09/2017), Int’l community lauds Nepalis for local polls (kp 21/09/2017), 3 major political parties continue to obstruct  vote counting in Baragadhi; NC, Maoist Centre and  UML demand re-election for Baragadhi Rural Municipality ward 6 (kp 21/09/2017), Election reflection: Early indications from third phase of local polls show a differing trend to the first two phases (kp 21/09/2017), EC to increase teams to speed up vote counting (ht 21/09/2017), Vote count disrupted over row (ht 21/09/2017)

Party reps kept at bay as vote count begins: Officials say tight security in place to avoid re-run of Bharatpur-19 fiasco (kp 20/09/2017), EC revises Province 2 voter turnout to 77 pc: es of local level polls (kp 20/09/2017), At 77 percent, Province 2 tops in voter turnout (rep 20/09/2017), Overwhelming voter turnout in Madhes shows their desperation to vote, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 20/09/2017), Major parties open their account in Province 2 (ht 20/09/2017), Disputes halt counting at places (ht 20/09/2017), Peaceful polls: The elected officials at the local level can serve the people better than bureaucrats as they are acquainted with local needs (ht 20/09/2017), The pain of being disallowed to vote, by Suresh Yadav (rep 20/09/2017)

Pre-election vibrations: Rajbiraj saw a high level of security presence due to its image as a political hot spot, by Sujeet Karn and Sangita Thebe Limbu

People vote in Province 2 with fervour: EC’s early  estimates put voter turnout at 73 percent (kp 19/09/2017), High women participation, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 19/09/2017), Extra caution in Rautahat to prevent Bharatpur-type incident, by Madan Thakur (rep 19/09/2017), Bad weather fails to dampen Birgunj voters' spirit, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 19/09/2017)

Major parties agree on two ballot papers for provincial, parliamentary elections (ht 19/09/2017)

Race to the end: Lawmakers yet to pass important legislation, even as Dasain will make Parliament inactive (kp 18/09/2017)

CPN-MC selects candidates in Jajarkot for HoR, PA elections (ht 18/09/2017)

Province 2 votes today: Chief Election Commissioner Yadav requests people to ‘give one day for the nation', by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/09/2017), Final phase of local level elections today, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Invalid vote concerns: Invalid votes in the eight Tarai districts were higher than elsewhere during  the two Constituent Assembly elections held  in 2008 and 2013, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/09/2017), NC, UML cadres clash (kp 18/09/2017)

Stage all set for local elections in Province 2: No violent clashes reported in run-up to vote: Officials, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/09/2017), Border sealed for tomorrow’s election: Cross-border crimes deemed major threat (kp 17/09/2017), Election code breach ‘rampant’ (kp 17/09/2017), Voter education ‘ineffective’ in Bara district, by Laxmi Sah (kp 17/09/2017), Voters can cast votes using citizenship certificate (ht 17/09/2017)

Rainfall likely on election day: MFD (kp 16/09/207)

EC proposes Rs 1.4m expenditure ceiling for FPTP candidates, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 15/09/2017)

MP’s vote to be equivalent to 79 votes: Bills on presidential, national assembly polls registered (ht 15/09/2017), Civic body chief’s vote to have a weightage of 18 (ht 15/09/2017)

Hope from polls in poor’s camp, by Pawan Yadav (kp 15/09/2017), ‘Heightened’ security for elections (kp 15/09/2017), Silence period begins at midnight tonight (kp 15/09/2017), Political parties ready for election day (ht 15/09/2017), Madhes-based  forces  in shadow in Siraha (ht 15/09/2017), Voting to heal past wounds: Local elections in Province 2 bring together candidates and voters from hills and plains, by Julia Thomas (nt 15/09/2017), The Battle for Birganj:
Birganj is a microcosm of everything traditionally associated with elections: money, muscle and betrayal
, by Rameshwar Bohara (nt 15/09/2017), Last but not the least (nt 15/09/2017)

How Nepal has voted: Fair competition enables members of the janajati populace to rise to leadership positions, by Krishna Prasad Upadhyaya and Krishna Prasad Sharma (kp 14/09/2017)

Projects for lawmakers: Incumbent MPs may have ‘unfair’ advantage; EC says ‘hands tied’ over projects under constituency development and infrastructure programmes, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/09/2017), Cabinet expansion violates poll code, but can’t do anything: CEC Yadav (kp 14/09/2017), 7 parties told to stop poll code violation (kp 14/09/2017), Parties violating election code of conduct in Rautahat, by Madan Thakur (rep 14/09/2017), Overkill: Excessive security personnel in Tarai during Province 2 polls could do more harm than good (kp 14/09/2017), Children used in PM’s election assembly: EC (ht 14/09/2017), EC to issue voter ID card from Sept 15-17 in Province 2 (ht 14/09/2017), Musahars ask for citizenship with candidates seeking votes, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 14/09/2017)

Bill on National Assembly members registered: The bill has proposed the first-past-the-post  Bloc Voting Electoral System - similar to the  one adopted for the local level elections - to elect  members of the National Assembly, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/09/2017), 2.66 local unit votes equal 1 provincial assembly vote, by Ashok Dahal (rep 14/09/2017)

UML caught in 2 minds over Oli’s Tarai poll drive: The party secretariat, how-ever, says the preparations were under way to hold mass events in the region, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 14/09/2017)

Election code violation: EC asks deputy Speaker, NTV chief to clarify (kp 13/09/2017), Tarechauri folk rally behind one of their own, by Rabindra Uprety (kp 13/09/2017), Poll campaigning in full swing (ht 13/09/2017), Rift in RJPN hits poll campaigns (rep 13/09/2017), Flood victims unimpressed by candidates’ tall promises, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 13/09/2017), Selling dreams to buy votes, by Madan Thakur (rep 13/09/2017)

Calendar for two major polls unveiled (kp 12/09/2017), Federal, provincial polls: 88 parties listed for PR election (kp 13/09/2017)

Flood survivors join poll campaign, by Dipendra Baduwal and Pawan Yadav (kp 12/09/2017), Schools to close for five days (kp 12/09/2017), UML has lost moral ground to seek votes, says Yadav (ht 12/09/2017), Even candidates don't know how to vote!, by Balkrishna Adhikari and Suresh Yadav (rep 12/09/2017), Polls have become costlier: Candidates , by Bal Krishna Adhikari and Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 12/09/2017), Dalits in Saptari disappointed over election ticket snub: 'Political parties have taken us only as vote banks', by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 12/09/2017)

The state of the race: Holding elections without addressing concerns is not sufficient to placate the population in the Tarai (kp 11/09/2017), Election code violation rampant (ht 11/09/2017), Daily wage earners to snub candidates favouring bandhs, by Byashsankar Upadhyay (ht 11/09/2017), Province 2 polls a litmus test for Madhes parties, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 11/09/2017)

EC demands 195 judicial staffers for elections (kp 11/09/2017)

3 major parties intensify campaigns in Province 2: While Maoist Centre Chairman Dahal is already in the plains, NC President and PM Deuba and UML Chairman Oli are set to address rallies starting this week, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 11/09/2017)

Province 2 Poll: Litmus Test For Madhesi Parties, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 10/09/2017), RJP-Nepal views NC as its main competitor (kp 10/09/2017), Election officials step up monitoring of code violation (kp 10/09/2017), EC asks Gachhadar, State Min Pun to clarify code violations (kp 10/09/2017), EC seeks clarification from DPM, mayoral candidate and NC minister (ht 10/09/2017), 68,000 personnel on the ground for security (kp 10/09/2017), No budget allocation for local polls in Province 2 (kp 10/09/2017), Candidates get election symbols (ht 10/09/2017), 109 polling centres declared highly sensitive (ht 10/09/2017), Poll campaigning stepped up (ht 10/09/2017), Big parties figure large in Janakpur polls, by Balkrishna Adhikari and Suresh Yadav (rep 10/09/2017)

EC directs ministry to set up DCCs (ht 10/09/2017)

Foreign firms invited to enlist for poll observation: EC says presence of  international observers adds to the credibility  of elections (kp 10/09/2017), EC invites int'l observers for province, parliament polls (rep 10/09/2017)

Federal and provincial elections: EC’s plan to publish poll schedule put off; The poll body, however, has asked parties to inform it by Tuesday about the places from where they want to  contest elections (kp)

Poll code affecting relief works, Deuba tells EC: Code of conduct for federal and provincial elections—to be held on Nov 26 and  Dec 7— has been in place since August 30 (kp 09/09/2017) [???]

Charter revision on parties’ poll agenda (kp 09/09/2017), 5,686 contesting for 856 posts in Saptari (ht 09/09/2017), Many party-switchers in Mahottari, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 09/09/2017), Rampant breach of election code of conduct in Mahottari (rep 09/09/2017)

PM urges Election Commission to allow political parties to file FPTP nominations first (ht 09/09/2017)

Candidate pressured to withdraw nomination (ht 09/09/2017)

EC allots election symbols to 91 parties (ht 08/09/2017) [for national and provincial elections]

RJP-N manifesto lashes out at Maoist Centre (kp 08/09/2017), Campaign costs ‘hefty’ in Birgunj, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 08/09/2017), Bibeksheel Sajha Party going slow on Phase 3 polls (kp 08/09/2017), 36,073 candidates vying for 6,627 posts in province no 2: EC (ht 08/09/2017), Parties ignore martyrs' families in candidacy registration, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep 08/09/2017), Trading tears for votes: A bullet killed her son. Now she is turning to the ballot for justice, not just for herself but for everyone in the community, by Jiyalal Sah (nt 08/09/2017)

Candidates register nominations (kp 07/09/2017), Over 18,000 file papers for Sept 18 polls (ht 07/09/2017), Parties use children in election rallies in Rautahat district (kp 07/09/2017), RJP-N leader quits party to become Mayor candidate of Maoist centre (kp 07/09/2017), Martyr’s sibling files independent candidacy (ht 07/09/2017), Leaders, cadres of various political parties clash over election tickets (ht 07/09/2017)

EC to seek Rs 10.27bn for Nov, Dec polls (ht 06/09/2017)

RJPN fails to finalize candidates for 22 local units (rep 06/09/2017)

Nominations for Province 2 polls today (kp 06/09/2017), NC, Maoist Centre working on alliance (kp 06/09/2017)

Sarlahi’s rural voters don’t know how to vote, by Aman Koirala (kp 06/09/2017)

House endorses two election-related bills, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/09/2017) [SC decisions are once again not of any interest for politicians!!], Poll bills clear parliament after amendment dropped, by Ashok Dahal (rep 05/09/2017), Muted voices: Ideas such as ‘right to no vote’ should have been discussed before lawmakers dropped them (kp 06/09/2017)

Two EC secretaries changed in five days, by Arjun Poudel (ht 05/09/2017) [????]

Parties start canvassing in Siraha (ht 05/09/2017), Election code violation rampant in Birgunj (ht 05/09/2017), Parties throw lavish feasts to woo voters, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 05/06/2017)

Janak Shiksha needs ‘45 days’ to print 34 million ballotsThere was concern if the JSSK will be able to print  so many ballot papers as  it had taken around 45 days to print 16 million  ballots for the local polls (kp 04/09/2017)

Big III not forging alliance from centre: However, they will welcome such alliances if they are made by local committees (ht 04/09/2017)

Govt and EC at odds over ‘early’ election code (kp 03/09/2017), Right to recall unlikely in new election bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/09/2017), Not now: Right to recall provision would likely lead to a spate of recall moves one or two years after the election, and it would not do good to anybody (ht 04/09/2017)

Defection rife among disgruntled party leaders (ht 03/09/2017)

Security stepped up for phase III civic polls (ht 03/09/2017)

Nepali Congress, CPN-UML finalise candidates in Siraha (ht 03/09/2017)

Third phase local polls: Parties struggle to pick their candidates for Dhanusha (kp 03/09/2017)

CEC warns against poll code violation (kp 02/09/2017), Election code violation: Govt orders transfer of over 400 staffers; Poll panel to direct it to rescind its decision, by Arjun Poudel (ht 02/09/2017), Ministry halts employee transfers (ht 03/09/2017)

Oppn MPs accuse NC of delaying poll bills (kp 02/09/2017)

EC to seek Rs 10b for province, parliament polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 02/09/2017)

EC divides districts for two phases of elections (kp 01/09/2017)

Right to vote: Ensure accessible polling booths so that persons with disabilities are not disenfranchised, by Pragya Lamsal (kp 01/09/2017)

Rs 2 billion sought for phase III local polls, by Bal Krishna Adhikari (rep 01/09/2017)

Election code of conduct comes into effect (ht 31/08/2017)

CDC submits its report with 165 electoral constituencies: Move takes the country one more step towards the implementation of the constitution, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 31/08/2017), CDC creates 495 constituencies (ht 31/08/2017), 3,578 polling centers for phase III local polls (rep 31/08/2017), Important step: Some districts seem to be over or under-represented because of differences in population distribution (ht 01/09/2017)

Govt decides to hold polls in two phases: First round on Nov 26, second on Dec 7 (kp 31/08/2017), Govt decision to hold polls in 2 phases irks UML, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 31/08/2017)

Parties wooing Madhesi voters (ht 31/08/2017), Nepal slams Madhes-based parties (ht 31/08/2017), ‘NC-Maoist alliance frustrated after defeat in first and second civic polls’ (ht 31/08/2017)

EC says better to hold polls in two phases: Cites logistics management and weather conditions among others, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/08/2017), EC preparing for two-phase provincial, parliamentary polls: If it has its way, the second phase may be held on December 7 or 12 (ht 30/08/2017)

No time to lose: CDC’s report is almost complete, now lawmakers and govt must help EC complete polls (kp 30/08/2017)

Over 1.5m added to voter list (ht 30/08/2017)

Delay in candidate selection hits parties' poll campaigns (rep 30/08/2017)

Aspirants involved in election publicity campaign in Rajbiraj (ht 30/08/2017)

3rd phase local polls: EC says 1.8m voter IDs to be reprinted (kp 29/08/2017)

Parties eyeing for electoral alliance as polls in Province 2 approach (rep 29/08/2017)

Parties in race to pick poll candidates (kp 28/08/2017) [Obviously, the central leaders of the parties once again decide on the local candidates! This is the opposite of democracy and local participation!!]

EC setting up offices in local units of Province 2 (kp 28/08/2017)

Registered at EC, RJP-N seeks ‘umbrella’ for fed, provincial polls (kp 27/08/2017)

Parties asked to list nominating officials (kp 26/08/2017)

Time bound: To hold elections in a single phase, govt should prioritise crucial electoral legislation (kp 24/08/2017), Chances of early poll acts slim (kp 25/08/2017)

More than 1.3 million new voters registered (ht 25/08/2017)

Fix roads before polls: EC to govt (kp 24/08/2017)

Morang has 81,862 new voters (ht 23/08/2017), 20,000 new voters added in Palpa, by Mukti Prasad Nyaupane (rep 23/08/2017)

EC suggests govt to hold elections separately (kp 23/08/2017)

Not my candidate: The right to reject all candidates during elections is essential in a participatory democracy, by Saurav Karki (kp 22/08/2017) [This is especially important under the system of nepotism that is prevalent in all Nepalese parties!!]

EC investigates into Budhanilkantha voter registration dispute (kp 21/08/2017)

Over 1 million new voters registered (kp 20/08/2017)

Close schools in Province 2 for a week: EC (ht 19/08/2017) [Why for a week?????]

EC says difficult to hold two major polls together (kp 17/08/2017), Both polls to be held together most likely on November 20: Govt preparing to announce date by Sunday after consulting with EC, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/08/2017), EC, parties agree to hold provincial, parliamentary elections by Nov 23 (rep 18/08/2017)

EC bars political leaders from distributing relief items in Province 2 (rep 18/08/2017)

Cabinet extends CDC’s tenure by 15 days: CDC officials say their work was affected by the SC’s ruling last week that cleared way for adding new federal units in Province 2 (kp 16/08/2017)

EC asks govt to announce date for polls immediately (ht 16/08/2017)

Keep on voting: Election season is in full swing, and archaic practices and laws need to be reformed, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp 15/08/2017)

Govt to EC: Give RJP-N single election symbol (kp 14/08/2017)

Election authority writes to govt to purchase EVMs, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/08/2017)

Vote of confidence: The Election Commission should be strengthened to make it a bulwark of democracy, by Bishnu Hari Marasini (kp 11/08/2017)

Fix a date, by Rameshwar Bohara (nt 11/08/2017)

Election Commission’s central office also registering voters (ht 10/08/2017)

Constituency Delineation Concerns, by Mukti Rijal (rn 10/08/2017)

Prepare for both polls together, Deuba tells EC: Election officials ask govt to fix dates by August 17 (kp 08/08/2017), Hold provincial, parliamentary polls together, PM tells EC: Poll panel pitches for use of EVMs (ht 09/08/2017), EC asks govt to announce date for elections pronto (ht 09/08/2017)

Renu Dahal turns the tables on Devi Gyawali: Wins the mayoral race securing 43,127 votes against her rival’s 42,924 (kp 06/08/2017), Renu’s victory fails to impress Maoist leaders (kp 07/08/2017), Maoist, NC take out victory rally in Bharatpur, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 07/08/2017)

UML won most seats with vote share like NC’s, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/08/2017)

Local poll losses trigger blam game in NC, UML, by Sher Bahadur KC (rep 06/08/2017)

Province 2 Election: Stage Set For One-upmanship, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 06/08/2017)

Voters’ education programme: EC to launch campaign in Province 2 on August 17 (kp 06/08/2017)

75.58pc voter turnout in Bharatpur-19 (kp 05/08/2017)

Out-district voter registration very high in Valley: EC (ht 05/08/2017)

Constituency delimitation: So much to do, only a few days in hand; CDC, which has 2 weeks, is yet to fix basis for carving out constituencies (kp 04/08/2017), ‘Gerrymandering’ warned (kp 04/08/2017), CEC Yadav advises CDC on delineation: Says don’t overlap rural municipalities and division of wards (ht 05/08/2017), CDC to expedite report writing (ht 05/08/2017), CDC weighing delineation models (ht 06/08/2017)

CEC: Logistical issues if two polls held together (kp 04/08/2017)

MPs demand 55 FPTP seats for women (ht 04/08/2017)

Lawmakers for letting EC decide poll dates (kp 03/08/2017)

EC’s voter registration boosts citizenship applicant numbers, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 03/08/2017)

All demands can’t be fulfilled, says CDC (ht 03/08/2017)

EC to request govt to purchase EVMs (rep 02/08/2017)

Major parties gear up for Phase 3 poll (kp 01/08/2017), Dahal for alliance with Madhesi parties (kp 01/08/2017)

Court upholds EC’s re-polling decision, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 31/07/2017), Bharatpur poll officer told to hold re-election in Ward 19 at the earliest (kp 01/08/2017), Conduct repoll in Bharatpur-19 as soon as possible: Election panel (ht 01/08/2017), Bharatpur mayoral candidate’s son held (ht 03/08/2017), Ensure fair re-polling in Bharatpur-19, says EC (ht 03/08/2017)

CEC Yadav sees logistical hurdles in holding two elections together (kp 31/07/2017), Price of polls: PM and EC should make all efforts to hold provincial and general polls in one go if it’s politically feasible (kp 31/07/2017)

Voters’ registration at local levels from today (kp 31/07/2017)

Call to form 3 constituencies in Banke (kp 30/07/2017), CDC collects suggestions in Pokhara (ht 30/07/2017), Constituency delimitation: Parties remain at odds over bases (kp 31/07/2017), CDC urged to give more weightage to population (ht 31/07/2017), ‘Stress geography for poll constituencies’ (ht 01/08/2017), Parties lay stress on population (kp 02/08/2017)

EC tells parties to enroll for upcoming polls: Asks parties to enroll by Aug 27 (rep 30/07/2017)

MPs for banning candidates for 10 yrs for involvement in tearing ballot papers (rep 30/07/2017)

Parliament  to send election related bills to House panel, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 30/07/2017)

EC mulling single ballot paper for FPTP, PR: Plans to propose the idea if provincial and federal polls are held together; What the poll body is planning, however, has drawn mixed reactions, with some saying it will avoid confusion among voters and others saying it limits people’s choice, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/07/2017), Govt preparing to hold 2 major polls together: Says it will save money, ensure country does not miss Jan 21 deadline, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/07/2017)

NEFIN for ensuring proportional representation in all elections: After consulting with indigenous lawmakers from several parties, NEFIN drafts amendment proposals to the election bills (kp 28/07/2017)

‘Two levels of polls possible at one go’: For this the FPTP and PR votes should also be counted simultaneously: EC (ht 28/07/2017)

Apex court verdict deferred for 10th time (rep 28/07/2017) [This smells of political undermining of jurisdiction!]

EC to discuss use of EVMs with parties (kp 27/07/2017)

More than 4 million votes cast in phase II civic polls invalid: EC (ht 27/07/2017) [How can these elections be called fair and democratic??]

Recovering the expenses: High election campaign costs provide legitimacy to political corruption, by Sanjaya Mahato (kp 27/07/2017)

Voter registration pulling crowds, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/07/2017), Tikapur sees rise in number of people seeking citizenship certificates, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 26/07/2017)

Pressure builds within RJPN for poll participation (rep 26/07/2017)

Petitioners plead against poll panel’s decision to order re-polling, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 24/07/2017), Bharatpur fracas: AG challenges petitioners’ right to move SC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/07/2017)

Right to reject sought in new election bill (ht 24/07/2017)

Time constraint may affect EC's EVM plan (rep 24/07/2017)

Flawed Analysis Of Poll Results, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 23/07/2017)

Carter Center renews call for poll observation (kp 23/07/2017)

EC expert panel suggests Indian EVMs for upcoming elections, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 23/07/2017)

Govt forms CDC under former SC justice Das: Gives 21 days to carve out constituencies for national, provincial polls; After receiving CDC’s report, the government will send it to Parliament, which then will forward it to the Election Commission (kp 21/07/2017), Race against time: The Constituency Delineation Commission should be allowed to function independently (kp 21/07/2017), Govt yet to contact CDC chairperson, members (ht 22/07/2017)

Phase III local poll calendar published (kp 21/07/2017), India-made EVMs capable of including all parties: EC team; Officials fear time constraint for using voting machines during upcoming provincial, federal polls, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/07/2017), Bills for federal and provincial polls tabled (kp 21/07/2017), Candidacy nominations for Province 2 polls on Sept 6 (rep 21/07/2017)

Metro without mayor: "Maoists did not just tear up ballot papers, but attacked democracy as well", by Om Astha Rai (nt 21/07/2017))

CROs entrusted with holding DCC elections (ht 20/07/2017)

High invalid vote despite Rs 750m spent on voter education, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 20/07/2017)

Elected local reps of Bharatpur unable to work: With vote counting in wards no. 19 and 20 stalled, those who won elections haven't been sworn in (ht 20/07/2017)

All in the same vote: To make the third phase of local polls a success, big parties should go to the interior of Province 2, by Deepak Chaudhary (kp 19/07/2017)

After pressure, EC to go to local level for voter listing (kp 19/07/2017), Rs1.7 billion sought for 3rd phase vote (kp 19/07/2017), Voter registration picks pace in Kaski (ht 19/07/2017)

EC may extend voter-registration deadline: Poll panel likely to allow out-district registration as well, by Arjun Poudel (ht 18/07/2017)

Fringe parties take strong exception to proposal to retain 240 units (rep 18/07/2017)

Why CPN-MC Had A Poor Performance, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 17/07/2017)

Morang voter education campaign ineffective (ht 17/07/2017), EC begins nationwide voter registration campaign (rep 17/07/2017), EC re-urges PM to clear legal, administrative hurdles without further delay (rep 17/07/2017)

PM asks EC to gear up for state, fed polls: Promises Constituency Delimitation Commission ‘within a week or two’ (kp 17/07/2017)

Provincial, national polls: Revised bills could affect women’s representation, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/07/2017)

Six parties registered with EC (kp 16/07/2017)

EC pressed for wider voter listing (kp 15/07/2017), Elected representatives yet to submit their expenditure detail, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep 15/07/2017), 396 candidates of Rasuwa yet to submit election expenditure, by Bhagwati Lama (rep 15/07/2017), Concerns over upcoming polls as govt misses EC's deadline (rep 15/07/2017)

Why UML Won Local Elections, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 14/07/2017), Nepali Congress to hear from Province 2 leaders ahead of polls: Party to assess its position in the eight Tarai districts to devise a strategy for the third phase of local polls (kp 14/07/2017)

Parties call for extending voter roll update duration: Seek at least a month, saying 15-day window not enough; As per the EC calendar, people can register their names, correct mistakes on the existing list and remove double registration  from July 16-30 (kp 13/07/2017)

Election expenditure details sought from parties, candidates: Political parties, candidates and elected representatives have to furnish details of poll expenses in 30 days (ht 13/07/2017), 1,178 candidates forfeit deposit after failing to secure 10 pc votes (ht 13/07/2017)

Election bills: Candidates to be barred from race in more than one constituency (kp 12/07/2017), 334 candidates lose security deposit (ht 12/07/2017), UML gives relief materials to flood victims in Rajbiraj (ht 12/07/2017)

CDC delay likely to hit poll cycle: EC seeks constituency delimitation report by the end of this month, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/07/2017), Delayed polls to hinder dev works in Province 2, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/07/2017), Bharatpur ballot case: Hearing deferred for third time; To be heard on July 17 (kp 11/07/2017) [Political reasons??], EC takes action against poll observers (ht 11/07/2017), Temporary police of Province 2 sent off before phase III polls (ht 11/07/2017), 21 pc votes invalid in Biratnagar Metropolitan City (ht 11/07/2017)

Two election related laws forwarded to Cabinet (kp 10/07/2017), EC set to update voters’ list from mid-July, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/07/2017), Voter registration for provincial, central parliamentary elections to begin from July 16 (ht 10/07/2017), Unconvincing: The EC should reconsider its decision and allow the citizens to register their names in the voters roll from a convenient place (ht 12/07/2017)

Nepali Congress asserts supremacy in Biratnagar (kp 10/07/2017), RJP-N not to get election symbol of its choice (kp 10/07/2017), EC refuses to provide new election symbol to RJPN (rep 10/07/2017), Endangered Baramu folk win 14 seats (kp 10/07/2017), 11 parties in registration process for upcoming elections (kp 10/07/2017), Frequent poll deferrals cost Rs 4 billion, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 10/07/2017)

Hearing on Bharatpur ballot row on Monday (kp 08/07/2017), EC keen to use EVMs in upcoming polls (ht 08/07/2017), Nripa Bahadur Od: The first dalit mayor of a sub-metropolis, by Dil Bahadur Chhantyal (rep 09/07/2017), Ex-teachers elected in various posts in rural municipalities (rep 09/07/2017)

UML makes most of elections, leaves NC to lick its wounds: Party managed to sell its agenda well even in Tarai districts, say experts, by Binod Ghimire  (kp 07/07/2017), Election results of Dharan Sub-metropolis likely in a week (ht 07/07/2017), Election fervor returns as RJPN mulling to register party, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 07/07/2017), Former MPs soundly defeated in mayoral races, by Devendra Basnet (rep 07/07/2017), Big parties lose traditional strongholds in Jhapa, by Raju Adhikari (rep 07/07/2017)

Not disappointed with poll results: Bibeksheel, Sajha: Parties admit lack of organisational base (kp 06/07/2017), Uncertainty persists over stalled vote count in Dharan (kp 06/07/2017), The long road: The dominance of major parties might bring some political stability, but it has its pitfalls (kp 06/07/2017), Election results of 13 local units in Morang declared; NC takes lead (ht 06/07/2017), 358 forfeit poll security deposit in Dhankuta (ht 06/07/2017), 15 per cent votes invalid in Biratnagar (ht 06/07/2017), Flood victims untouched by election excitement, by Sher Bahadur KC (rep 06/07/2017), RJPN candidate wins elections, by Kiran Man Bajracharya (rep 06/07/2017), Internal feuds cost parties their traditional strongholds, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 06/07/2017)

EC wants poll dates by first week of August (kp 05/07/2017), EC asks govt to give laws and fix polls date (ht 05/07/2017)

20 per cent votes cast in KMC invalid (ht 05/07/2017) [Such percentage calls the local elections into question!!]

Independent candidate wins mayoral race (kp 05/07/2017), RPP’s Rana elected mayor of Nepalgunj (ht 05/07/2017), When luck comes into play in elections (ht 05/07/2017) [Elections must not be a lottery! There should be a run-off ballot in such cases!], CPN-Maoist Centre wins Bhajani, Kailali (ht 05/07/2017), UML internal rifts lose it stronghold to NC, by Ajit Tiwari (rep 05/07/2017), CPN-UML bites dust in its own strongholds, by Ajit Tiwari (rep), Parties losing traditional strongholds in Province 5, 7, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 05/07/2017), Strike affects normal life in Rolpa, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 05/07/2017)

Preferred Political Forces, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 05/07/2017)

What The Local Elections Say, by Prem Khatry (rn 04/07/2017), Fringe parties limited to handful wins (kp 04/07/2017), Muslim woman elected vice-chair (kp 04/07/2017), UML wins Ghorahi Sub-metropolis (ht 04/07/2017), Independent candidates faring badly in Biratnagar Metropolis (ht 04/07/2017), Parties file complaint seeking re-poll (ht 04/07/2017), 85 forfeit poll security deposit (ht 04/07/2017), Nationalist stand, weak NC leadership helped UML in polls, by Ashok Dahal (rep 04/07/2017), Gachchhadar, Yadav maintain influence in their regions, by Amar Khadka (rep 04/07/2017), Poll results bring joy to some and tears to others, by Sher Bahadur KC (rep 04/07/2017)

EC forms panel to complete all polls by Nov-end (ht 03/07/2017)

EC again proposes buying EVMs: This time from India, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 03/07/2017)

Third-phase elections: Too many invalid votes, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht 03/07/2017)

Congress ‘weakened’ in Deuba’s home district, by DR Panta and Mohan Budhair (kp 03/07/2017), UML wins most hill districts of Province 1 (ht 03/07/2017), Dhangadi Sub-metropolis records very high number of invalid votes, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 03/07/2017), Small margins making all the difference (ht 03/07/2017), Vote count too slow in Biratnagar Metropolis (ht 03/07/2017), Four Dadeldhura journos win top civic posts (ht 03/07/2017), UML buoyed, NC-Maoists upset with poll results, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 03/07/2017), Is Maoist Center bound to confine to rural areas?, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 03/07/2017), UML wins in all 7 local units of Dhankuta, by Siddha Raj Rai (rep 03/07/2017), Other parties making in-roads into Maoist stronghold Rolpa, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 03/07/2017), Mother defeats daughter in elections (rep 03/07/2017), NC wins in CPN-UML stronghold Rampur, by Himal Lamsal (rep 03/07/2017)

Parliament and Provincial Assembly elections not possible in single phase: CEC Yadav (ht 02/07/2017)

2nd Phase Of Local Poll: People Dump Extremist Forces, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 02/07/2017)

UML maintains lead in sub-metropolises: NC ahead in Biratnagar, Rastriya Prajatantra Party in Nepalgunj (kp 02/07/2017), Nepali Congress leading poll race in Province 7 (ht 02/07/2017), CPN-MC ahead in Province 5 (ht 02/07/2017), CPN-UML wins in 25 local levels in Province 1 (ht 02/07/2017), 105 votes invalid, woman loses by 5, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 02/07/2017), Sluggish pace of vote counting in Dhangadi Sub-Metropolis irks residents (ht 02/07/2017), Is UML emerging as largest party in local poll? (rep 02/07/2017), Polls performance of fringe parties continue to go from bad to worse (rep 02/07/2017), Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum dominant in Tikapur: Tharus' vote dominant in Tikapur, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 02/07/2017), Biratnagar's electoral alliances in crisis, by Ajit Tiwari (rep 02/07/2017), EC to accept only ballots sealed in ballot boxes: Vote counting has been affected at some local units due to differences among parties (rep 02/07/2017), Voters not ready to change their mindset, by Rohit Rai (rep 02/07/2017)

EC proposes holding all elections by Nov 23 (kp 01/07/2017), EC moots deadlines for provincial, central polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 91/07/2017), Hold provincial, parliamentary polls before December: EC (ht 01/07/2017), Parliament and Provincial Assembly elections not possible in single phase: CEC Yadav (ht 01/07/2017)

UML, NC in tight race, Maoists distant third: The main opposition is ahead in Provinces 1 and 5  while the NC is better placed in Province 7 (kp 01/07/2017), Will major forces win west Tarai? Regional parties trail in early race, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/07/2017), UML wins in three local levels in Province 1 (ht 01/07/2017), CPN-MC clean sweeps civic polls in Rukum (ht 01/07/2017), Nepali Congress ahead in Province 7 (ht 01/07/2017), UML registers victory in Deuba's home district, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 01/07/2017))

Women voters outnumber men: High turnout brings grim fact into focus: Male migration to different countries in search of work (kp 30/06/2017), Second phase local polls: Early results put UML and NC in close contest (kp 30/06/2017), Counting begins in 307 local levels; CPN-UML leading in most (ht), NC alleges ‘booth capture’ (kp 30/06/2017), NC-Maoist electoral alliance again demands re-poll, by Ram Bahadur Kunwar (rep 30/06/2017), Three injured in Bajhang clash: The Maoist Centre threatens to obstruct the vote count if the arrested party cadres are not freed immediately (kp 30/06/2017) [Crimes are not punishable if they are committed by party cadres??], Phase II civic poll results coming in (ht 30/06/2017), Peaceful polls: The two phases of local elections have proved the fact that the people want peace, stability and prosperity through periodic elections (ht 30/06/2017), Early vote count spells tight race between NC, UML: CPN (Maoist Center) stands third, other fringe parties lead in some seat (rep 30/06/2017), All eyes on Biratnagar poll: Vote counting delayed for five hours, by Ajit Tirai (rep 30/06/2017), by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 30/06/2017), Voting in the rain, by Neel Kantha Uprety (nt 30/06/2017), 2 down, 1 to go (nt 30/06/2017), Getting to the other side: Despite lack of conviction that local elections will improve lives, people cross swollen rivers to vote, by Gopal Gartaula (nt 30/06/2017)

Phase II polls see 70.5pc voter turnout: People brave rains in some parts of the country to reach polling centres to cast votes;EC says voting concluded peacefully with no untoward incidents in any of the provinces , by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/06/2017), 70.5 pc voter turnout in phase 2 local polls (rep 29/06/2017), Observers say voting ‘highly encouraging and peaceful’: The NHRC has drawn authorities’ attention to poll timing given the difficulties faced by voters due to rains (kp 29/06/2017), Up to 80 percent voter turnout in Madhesi constituencies, by Sher Bahadur KC and Kiranman Bajracharya (rep 29/06/2017), Poll deferral disappoints locals of Province 2, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 29/06/2017), Poll lessons: Election success should encourage major parties to engage with RJP-N (kp 29/06/2017), Tingla villagers refuse to cast vote (kp 29/06/2017), Pressure mounts on RJP-N; all eyes on 3rd phase now (kp 29/06/2017), Thawang locals participate in polls with enthusiasm, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 29/06/2017), Four fake voters held in Dhankuta (ht 29/06/2017), Voters brave weather, defy threats (rep 29/06/2017), First-time voters enthusiastically participated in local elections (rep 29/06/2017), 4 elderly die at polling centers (rep 29/06/2017)

Head constable saves hundreds from fatal bomb explosion (ht 29/06/2017), Policeman risks his own life to save voters from bomb explosion, by Devendra Basnet (rep 29/06/2017), Bomb terror in various districts on Election Day (rep 29/06/2017)

Parties used 853 children during Phase I polls: CCWB (kp 28/06/2017)

EC submits torn ballots to court: Hearing set for July 7 (kp 28/06/2017)

Anti-poll parties playing double roles (rep 28/06/2017)

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)

Election To Education: The failure of the three parties to bring the RJPN in the election process will definitely pose a threat to the legitimacy of the elections, by Keshab Poudel (sp 23/06/2017)

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)

How Crazy Are We?, by Hemang Dixit (sp 23/06/2017)

Local Polls ill legitimacy: Although the second phase of local election is under way, the absence of RJPN, a strong Madheshi group, will pose a question of legitimacy (sp 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