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Final result of HoR elections 2022, based on the Election Commission website

Lack of social inclusion in the newly elected House of Representatives

This is in stark contrast to the preamble of the 2015 Constitution, in which top politicians promised: ... "protecting and promoting social and cultural solidarity, tolerance and harmony, and unity in diversity by recognizing the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious, multi-cultural and diverse regional characteristics, resolving to build an egalitarian society founded on the proportional inclusive and participatory principles in order to ensure economic equality, prosperity and social justice, by eliminating discrimination based on class, caste, region, language, religion and gender and all forms of caste-based untouchability....."

Is Proportional Representation the Cause of Frequent Government Changes in Nepal?, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep 14/07/2024) [The problem is not the PR system as such, but the fact that it is solely in the hands of a few top politicians. They are the real problem because they also misuse the direct election system as an anti-inclusion tool! This is one of the main reasons for political stagnation, constant changes of government and corruption!]

Experts stress clear rationale, broad talks on constitution revision : An analyst says shrinking the scope of proportional representation would make Khas-Arya a more dominant force in Parliament
, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/07/2024) [This is the true face and intention of the ruling male Khas Arya minority (<15% of the population)! Their political leaders strictly reject appropriate social inclusion because they would then lose dominance and privileges in the multi-ethnic, non-patriarchal state. For them, politics is a toy without social responsibility!]

Making Electoral Process Frugal, by Rabindra Adhikary (rn 04/07/2024)

EC is serious on ensuring voting rights for Nepalis living abroad: CEC Thapaliya (rn 28/06/2024) [But the government is not, as evidenced by its inactivity despite clear instructions from the Supreme Court!]

Call For Debating Electoral Reforms, by Mukti Rijal (rn 16/05/2024)

Pokhara High Court orders recount of votes in Byas Municipality (kh 15/05/2024) [after 2 years!]

Time to Revamp Electoral System?, by Shobhakar Parajuli (kh 14/05/2024)

Ministry of Finance allocates additional 10 million rupees for by-election expenditures (kh 08/05/2024)

Inclusive Election in Nepal, by Dev Datta Joshi (rep 07/05/2024)

Experts warn against hasty change in electoral system : As two major parties peddle the narrative of a flawed system that elects hung parliament, direct election is no panacea, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/05/2024) [The problem is the political parties and not the electoral system. Despite serious manipulation in the run-up to the elections and even greater social exclusion and nepotism, none of the ‘major’ parties are able to secure majorities. A purely direct election system is not very democratic and would still not bring about any political stability with thes power-orientatede ‘top politicians’!]

Old is still gold in Nepali politics : By-election results in Ilam and Bajhang show establishment parties are still the voter’s choice, by Santa FGaha Magar (nt 03/04/2024)

By-elections’ message, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 01/05/2024)

ML’s Suhang Nemwang emerges victorious in Ilam-2 : UML gets 27,772 votes; Nepali Congress 21,942, and Dakendra Thegim 11,457 votes (kh 30/04/2024), RSP’s Milan Limbu fails to secure 10% votes in Ilam-2 (kh 30/04/2024) [Is the RSP another short-lived party that claimed to be alternative but then wasn't?], Insights from the Ilam-2 by-election (kh 30/04/2024)

Ilam-2 by-elections held peacefully, vote count likely to start tonight (rep 27/04/2024), Ilam-2 by-election vote counting set to begin at 11 AM (kh 28/04/2024), Kathmandu tops list of most polluted cities worldwide (kh), Polling peaceful in Ilam, Bajhang : As ballots are gathered, election officials are preparing to begin vote count early today, by Parbat Portel and Basant Pratap Singh (kp 28/04/2024), Bajhang by-election: UML’s Bhandari retaining lead, Maoist Center’s Budha in second position (kh 28/04/2024), Ilam-2 by-election update: UML’s Suhang still taking lead (kh 28/04/2024)

By-elections underway in Ilam and Bajhang, to continue till 5 pm (kh 27/04/2024), Voting taking place enthusiastically in Bajhang (kh 27/04/2024), By-election in Ilam: Suhang, Khadka, Limbu cast their votes (kh 27/04/2024), Ilam-2 by-election sees 43% voter turnout so far, projected to surpass 65% (kh 27/04/2024), Bajhang-1 by-election sees 40% voter turnout so far (kh 27/04/2024), Ilam-2 By-polls: 52% voter turnout recorded so far (kh 27/04/2024), Ilam-2 By-polls: 68% voter turnout recorded by 4 pm (kh 27/04/2)

EC decides to permit public vehicles to operate freely on day of by-election (rep 26/04/2024)

Time to declare EVMs’ end : Don’t allow more public money to be drained by this project (rep 26/04/2024)

Bajhang by-election: Construction of Taklakot Road is common election agenda of candidates (rep 26/04/2024)

Election Key To Democratic Politics, by Mukti Rijal (rn 25/04/2024)

Bhajang and Ilam by-elections: 69 polling stations classified as ‘highly sensitive’ (rep 25/04/2024)

Silent period for by-election to begin from midnight (rep 24/04/2024)

I am for a fully PR system with a five percent threshold : Leaders don’t want overseas voting because that will swing results in unpredictable ways. But technically, online voting is feasible, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety (kp 15/04/2024) [Excellent statements by a former Chief Election Commissioner!]

Reforms needed to increase women’s participation in elections: Chief Election Commissioner (kh 15/04/2024)

Final list of candidates of Ilam-2 published (rep 09/04/2024)

Ilam-2 by-election sans women candidates (kh 07/04/2024)

Nepali Congress seems to be uniting on fighting elections with own might : Deuba, a vocal supporter of poll alliances, now publicly backs a proposal to go to the elections independently (kp 07/04/2024) [This is already much more democratic than power-orientated alliances, but it also requires better protection of regional and federal interests and, finally, appropriate social inclusion. There is still a long way to go!]

HoR By-election: 20 candidates register nominations in Ilam-2 (With pictures), by Bhim Chapagain (rep 07/04/2024)

Election Commission invites complaints against candidates for by-election : Interested individuals can submit the complaints from 10 am to 3 pm today (kh 07/04/2024), Much-anticipated bypolls kick off with nominations : In a three-horse race in Ilam-2, UML federal candidate has Maoist Centre’s backing. Nepali Congress is going solo (kp 07/04/2024)

12 candidates registered for the by-elections of Bajhang province assembly (kh 06/04/2024)

By-election April 27: Eight candidates register nominations in Ilam-2 (kh 06/04/2024), Three parties rally behind Suhang Nembang for Ilam-2 by-election (kh 07/04/2024) [Free and fair elections the Nepali way!]

Nominations being filed for the by-elections today (rep 06/04/2024)

Ilam sees increase of 422 voters : National count rises by 87,417 (kh 05/04/2024)

Congress picks Dambar Khadka and Abhisek Singh as bypoll candidates : Maoist Centre decides to back UML candidate Suhang Nembang in Ilam-2 constituency. RSP has fielded Milan Limbu for the seat (kp 05/04/2024)

Maoist Center extends support to CPN-UML candidate for Ilam-2 by-election (kh 04/04/2024)

By-elections : Litmus Test For Parties’ Popularity, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 02/04/2024)

UML, Maoist Centre in talks for common candidate in Ilam-2 : Rastriya Swatantra Party, another coalition partner, has picked Milan Limbu as its candidate (kp 01/04/2024) [Preventing free and fair elections by means of agreements between the autocratic party leaders. Isn't that what you call democracy in Nepal?]

These are candidates announced for Ilam-2 by-election (kh 30/03/2024)

Who is not corrupt? The politics of vote-buying has replaced ideological and ethical competitions in elections, by Achyut Wagle (kp 26/03/2024)

Election symbols allocated to 20 parties for by-election (kh 18/03/2024)

RSP to contest in Ilam-2 by-election, no candidacy in Bajhang (kh 11/03/2024)

EC rejects Resham Chaudhary as Nagarik Unmukti Party Chair, affirms continuity with Ranjita Shrestha (kh 07/03/2024)

By-election Update : Final voter list to be published on April 4 (kh 28/02/2024)

Ilam by-election: NC picks Khadka, UML eyes Suhang as parties prepare for showdown (kh 27/02/2024)

EC schedules by-election for Illam and Bajhang on April 27 (kh 25/02/2024), By-elections in Ilam, Bajhang on April 27 : Two dozen positions at the local level too remain vacant, but the commission is yet to decide when to hold elections there (kp 26/02/2024), By-election 2024: EC unveils candidacy registration schedule (kh 26/02/2024)

EC asks parties to report name, statute, and leadership changes within 30 days (rep 16/02/2024)

EC concerns ensuring franchise rights to NRNs (kh 09/02/2024)

Of alternative voting methods : Nepal must assess its capacity to implement absentee voting and digitalise elections, by Arjun Thapa (kp 06/02/2024)

By-election preparation intensifies, date announcement expected next week (kh 02/02/2024), EC proposes holding by-elections for 25 posts within mid-May (rep 04/02/2024), Election Commission prepares for bypolls in April : The lower house seat of Ilam-2 is vacant after the demise of former Speaker and chairman of the Constituent Assembly Subas Nembang (kp 05/02/2024)

NA Election Outcome No Threat To Ruling Coalition, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 30/01/2024)

Maoist Center emerges as largest party in National Assembly (kh 25/01/2024), National Assembly election sparks distrust in ruling coalition : Maoist Center emerges as the largest party, UML the third party in the National Assembly (rep 26/01/2024)

99 percent voter turnout in NA election: EC (kh 25/01/2024)

Successful conclusion of NA Election across seven provinces, results awaited this evening (kh 25/01/2024), Anand Prasad Dhungana and Pooja Chaudhary elected as National Assembly members from Madhesh Province  (rep 25/01/2024), UML candidate Koirala elected as National Assembly member from Koshi Province, defeats her rival from ruling coalition (rep 25/01/2024), Bishnu Sapkota of NC and Jhakku Subedi of Maoist Center elected as National Assembly members from Lumbini province (rep 25/01/2024), NA election: Sabitri Malla clinches victory in Karnali (kh 25/01/2024), NA election: NC’s Bishnu Pudasaini secures victory in Bagmati  (kh 25/01/2024), NA election: NC’s Krishna Sitaula wins from Koshi (kh 25/01/2024), Win bolsters Sitaula’s chances as Assembly chair : Congress desperately wants a seat in the Constitutional Council. The upper house head is one of its members (kp 26/01/2024)

Challenges of misinformation : Emerging AI tools will result in a playground of information manipulation in the upcoming elections, by Ujjwal Acharya (kp 24/01/2024)

RPP-UML form alliance for NA election in Koshi (kh 22/01/2024) [Similar mindset?]

Election Code of Conduct to take effect from Tuesday (kh 14/01/2024), Restrictions in effect: National Assembly election code of conduct (kh 16/01/2024)

Maximum election expenditure for NA candidate set at Rs 350,000 (kh 14/01/2024) [Since the NA election is held by a relatively small electoral body and the voting behaviour has already been arranged in advance by the party leaders, it is reasonable to ask why there is any major expenditure at all, unless it is to buy votes!]

National Assembly Elections: Candidates can withdraw their names today (rep 12/01/2024), RPP’s candidate Thapa withdraws from National Assembly election in Lumbini Province (kh 12/01/2024)

Election Commission initiates probe into complaints against NA election candidates (kh 10/01/2024)

NA election: EC to register complaints against candidates today (kh 09/01/2024)

Battle for 19 seats in National Assembly: 47 candidates from key political parties to compete in January 25 election (kh 08/01/2024), 52 candidates in the fray for 19 NA seats (kh 08/01/2024(

Fringe ruling parties unhappy over Assembly seat-sharing : Janamat, Nagarik Unmukti and Loktantrik Samajbadi parties get no candidacies, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/01/2024)

UML candidate returns without filing candidacy after name not found in voter list (kh 08/01/2024)

NA Election: EC publishing final voter list today (kh 07/01/2024)

UML left to fight upper house election with own strength : Even with the main opposition out of picture, ruling parties are struggling to finalise names of coalition candidates, by Anil Giri (kp 07/01/2024)

Ruling alliance rejects collaboration with CPN-UML in NA election : Alliance meeting at 4 PM, official decisions awaited (kh 06/01/2024)

National Assembly: Whose representation matters? (rep 05/01/2024) [Anti-democrats at work!]

Ruling coalition grapples with NA seat allocation dilemma : 19 National Assembly seats remain contentious, by Gyanu Ghimire (kh 03/01/2024),
Maoist Center asserts claim on six seats for upcoming NA election (kh 03/01/2024) [Megalomania of an increasingly insignificant party?],
uling coalition to hold talks with UML regarding NA election (kh 03/01/2024) [When elections turn into a farce!], UML’s strategic moves fuel alliance uncertainty, by Gyanu Ghimire (kh 03/01/2024)

EC makes necessary preparations for NA election nominations (kh 28/12/2023), National Assembly Elections: Electoral Officer appointed for all seven provinces (rep 28/12/2023) [Thank God, all men: five Bahun and two Chhetri!]

NC President blames electoral system for electoral alliance (rep 22/12/2023) [Although the electoral system is supposed to guarantee inclusion and proportional representation, this is deliberately abused and circumvented by the parties and especially their leaders. Without a commitment by the parties to proportional representation in the direct election system, as already prescribed by the Interim Constitution but was never respected, adequate social inclusion cannot be achieved. Apart from this, one-party governments are becoming increasingly rare in democratic states. In Nepal today, they would be extremely unlikely even with a purely direct election system.]

By-elections for 24 vacant seats across all levels set for April 2024 (kh 21/12/2023)

NA Election: 2,074 voters with a total vote weightage of 57,559 (kh 20/12/2023)

EC allocates symbols to 12 parties for NA elections (kh 17/12/2023)

NA elections spark tug-of-war as parties vie for dominance, by Gyanu Ghimire (kh 15/12/2023), 12 political parties submit applications for NA elections (kh 15/12/2023), NC to claim 10 seats in National Assembly elections (kh 15/12/2023) [This party received just 25 per cent of the vote in the last parliamentary elections and is claiming more than 50 per cent of the vacant seats in the National Assembly? That doesn't sound very democratic!]

NA Election: UML fears seat loss, coalition tackles allocation challenges (kh 14/12/2023)

Parties gear up for National Assembly election : Some leaders withdraw their names from the closed list of PR candidates as they plan to contest upper house seats (kp 10/12/2023), Choose wise : The next set of members who enter the National Assembly will be a sign of the mindset of big parties (kp 12/12/2023) [They will never change under the current failed leadership!], Five parties register names for National Assembly elections (rep 12/12/2023)

EC summons political parties to register for upcoming NA election (kh 08/12/2023)

AESF-VI begins, to conclude by issuing Kathmandu Declaration (rep 06/12/2023)

Candidates from closed lists cannot compete in National Assembly elections: EC (rep 04/12/2023)

Kathmandu hosting International Conference on Electoral Management (kh 28/11/2023)

National Assembly set for overhaul: Chair and one-third of members exiting by March 2024 (kh 21/11/2023), National Assembly elections for 19 members likely on January 25 : The term of the 19 members of the upper house including its Chairperson Ganesh Timilsina expires on March 3, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/11/2023), EC adjusts vote weightage for coming National Assembly election (rep 23/11/2023)

EC initiates preparations for NA elections for 20 vacant seats (kh 11/11/2023)

CIAA recommends barring indicted people from election, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 19/10/2023), Poll candidates : The issue is one of integrity of those contesting the three tiers of elections (ht 20/10/2023)

EC removes Mayor Rinakumari Sah from office for leaving UML (kh 17/10/2023) [Once again, this shows the short-sightedness of the PPA. The mentioned paragraphs have their justification with regard to politicians who were elected to the House of Representatives or the Provincial Assemblies via the party lists. All directly elected persons, and this applies to all politicians at the local level, were elected in person directly by the people. Party affiliation plays only a subordinate role. But the patriarchy can rejoice that one of the very few directly elected women mayors has been ousted.]

EC prepares to register and update voter list through local level (rep 17/10/2023)

Electoral system needs to be reviewed: Lawmaker Uprety (kh 16/10/2023)

Procedure ready to register names of Nepalis abroad in voter list (kh 13/10/2023)

Full proportional system of elections : The best solution to people's dissatisfaction, by Bhrikesh Chandra Lal (ht 05/10/2023) [This is exactly the system that the Maoists had demanded before the 2008 elections. Unfortunately, like so many other goals, they have long since lost sight of this themselves!]

PM Dahal assures Nepalis living abroad of voting rights (kh 17/09/2023)

Poll body fears delay in new law's passage may block reform : The draft bill has been at the Home Ministry for more than two months which shows that it is reluctant to expedite discussions on the bill that takes years to get through both Houses of the Federal Parliament, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/09/2023) [Government and opposition parties obviously see their non-inclusive, unconstitutional and corrupt electoral practices in danger with electoral reform!], Timely electoral law : It would be prudent for the ministries to quickly forward election bills to the legislature (kp 18/09/2023)

Poll Reform Bill To Enhance Inclusion, by Liladhar Upadhyaya (rn 15/09/2023) [In absolutely no public sector is social inclusion even rudimentarily practised!]

EC bringing laws to stop flamboyant election campaigns, expenses (kh 09/09/2023)

Election Commission calls for speedy passage of ‘No Vote’ provision : If 51 percent of voters opt ‘No Vote’, the election becomes invalid and rejected candidates can’t run next time, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 29/08/2023), Election Commission proposes NOTA, suffrage right for Nepali citizens employed abroad, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 29/09/2023)

It’s time to talk about electoral reforms, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 03/08/2023)

Nepali Congress leaders’ call for review of proportional election system creates buzz : Provision misused since its introduction as leaders handpick candidates close to them, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/07/2023) [The problem is the undemocratic and unconstitutional behaviour of the top politicians of all parties in nominating candidates for both the FPTP and PR systems. Here, a change in the law on political parties is urgently needed. Only the representative electoral system reflects the strength of a party. The direct election system in its present form is misused solely to ensure the dominance of the Khas Arya minority males.  The promised socially inclusive state would be finally discarded.]

Poll body takes action against candidates failing to report campaign spending : It has imposed fines ranging from Rs7,000 to Rs20,000 on political parties failing to comply with legal provisions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 26/07/2023) [This smacks of political corruption, for which the fines are ridiculous!], EC fines erring candidates, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 26/07/2023), Four MPs of RSP approach Patan High Court against EC's decision to impose a fine of Rs 15,000 (rep 30/07/2023), High Court orders EC not to implement decision to fine candidate Rs 15,000 (kh 31/07/2023)

Revising electoral system : A change in the country’s electoral system cannot be decided in closed-door meetings of political parties (kp 24/07/2023)

EC fines parties failing to submit audit report on time (ht 18/07/2023)

Free and unfair : The Election Commission’s bill can ensure electoral reform. Parliament must pass it (nt 07/07/2023)

Time for NOTA, by Ayodi Prasad Yadav (ae 05/07/2023)

EC allows one to get elected as MP through PR system not more than twice (rep 03/07/2023)

EC directs parties to elect 33% women candidates in FPTP (rep 03/07/2023), Election Commission proposes two-term limit for PR candidates : In the draft bill, the poll body has proposed the provision for ‘NOTA’ and mandatory allocation of 33 percent seats for women candidates under the FPTP system, among others (kp 04/07/2023) [Article 63 of the Interim Constitution had already stipulated that the inclusion rules of the PR system should also be applied to the nomination of FPTP candidates. This did not interest the male Khas Arya at the top of the parties at that time at all. That is why they did not even include this passage in today's Constitution!], EC proposes sweeping reforms, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/07/2023), EC suggests NOTA ballot paper (ae 04/07/2023), Sweeping poll reforms : Political parties must be ready to pass the bill as it is to make the electoral system more effective (ht 05/07/2023) [But this is against the interests of the political leaders!]

EC proposes barring defeated candidate from contesting election in another tier for 5 years (rep 03/07/2023)

MPs from mountain region and oppressed castes treated as third-grade representatives: MP Sherpa (rep 03/07/2023)

Discussion on Changing the Electoral System : Is social inclusion falling out of reach?, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 19/06/2023)

Learning From Thailand’s Elections, by Krishnaman Pradhan (rn 14/06/2023)

Deuba moots election system change : Speaks of having in place FPTP system for HoR and PR system for National Assembly, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 11/06/2023) [Deuba pleads for the final end of social inclusion in the HoR instead of ensuring that this inclusion is also prescribed in the selection of candidates for the FPTP system! 15 percent male Khas Arya should be the absolute limit for all political levels and also for the leadership levels of political parties if Nepal's social harmony is to be maintained!]

Election Commission calls all-party meeting to discuss government decision to ‘scrap’ district poll offices : In the budget, the government announced to confine district election offices within the district administration office, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 09/06/2023), District Election Offices are to be managed differently, not dissolved: PM Dahal (kh 09/06/2023), Cross-party leaders oppose plan to scrap district election offices : Election commissioners meet prime minister to register concerns over government plan (kp 10/06/2023), Parliamentary Committee directs govt to review the decision to revoke the electoral office (kh 14/06/2023)

Teachers in politics : Most public school teachers in Nepal work with poor pay and perks, which makes them veer towards politics (kp 24/05/2023) [In no democratic country should citizens be excluded from political activity because of their profession. This is one of the fundamental rights of human beings! And why does the exclusion in Nepal, for example, not apply to rich businessmen, while an uprising is being rehearsed against poor teachers?]

Could the primary system work in Nepal? : After RSP, RPP is considering primaries to pick candidates, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 21/05/2023) [Perhaps such a procedure could finally help to make the selection of candidates socially inclusive and end the total dominance of male Khas Arya, if the latter allow it at all. So far, they consider this country as theirs!], Primary concerns : It is doubtful whether just tweaking the system to pick election candidates will improve politics (kp 22/05/2023)

EC seeks clarification from political parties, university teachers (kh 21/05/2023) [It should be the basic right of every Nepali citizen to be politically active, regardless of their everyday occupation. The Political Parties Act is discriminatory in this respect, while on the other hand it grants authoritarian powers to party leaders!], Poll body seeks clarification on Tribhuvan University teachers’ involvement in party politics : In 2021, the Patan High Court had ruled those drawing a salary and taking benefits from state coffers should not be involved in party politics (kp 25/05/2023)

By-election 2023: Swing voting or polarisation? The use of informal networks, rather than open policy debate, is still a key to winning elections, by Sanjeev Humagain (kp 05/05/2023)

Key Takeaways For Established Parties, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 02/05/2023)

Rising poll expenses : Apart from laws, public awareness is a must to ensure free, fair and impartial elections (ht 28/04/2023)

JSP’s Upendra Yadav elected from Bara-2 (kh 26/04/2023)

Swarnim Wagle elected from Tanahun-1 : The renowned economist and former vice-chair of National Planning Commission had rebelled against Nepali Congress and joined Rashtriya Swatantra Party to contest the by-election from Tanahu-1. He won by a huge margin (nlt 25/04/2023), Rabi Lamichhane secures landslide victory from Chitwan-2 : The Rastriya Swatantra Party chairman got reelected from the same constituency twice in five months with a much larger number of votes than in the November 2022 polls (nlt 25/04/2023), RSP’s Rabi Lamichhane’s remarkable victory, receives 5,000 more votes than in previous election, by Basanta Dhungana (rep 25/04/2023), For whom the bell tolls, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 25/04/2023)

Bypolls close with average 60 percent voter turnout : Elections were held in Bara-2, Tanahun-1 and Chitwan-2 with results expected to be declared by April 25, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 24/04/2023), By-election results indicate people’s declining interest in major parties: Deuba (kh 24/04/2023) [In a democratic state, the responsible leaders of these parties would resign immediately!]

Vote counting in Chitwan-2 only after all-party meeting (kh 24/04/2023)

By-election sees around 60 percent turnout (kh 23/04/2023)

Nepal votes: By-election taking place today : Voters to exercise franchise right in Bara-2, Chitwan-1 and Tanahu-1 (kh 23/04/2023), JSP leader attempting to cast double votes in Bara-2 arrested (kh 23/04/2023), Election Commission seeks 24-hour clarification from Chief Minister of Madhesh (nlt 23/04/2023), Voting stalled following scuffle between cadres of RSP and other parties in Chitwan’s Naya Kiran School polling center (kh 23/04/2023), Voting  restarts in Chitwan’s polling center after RSP apologizes  (rep 23/04/2023), Voting resumes at Naya Kiran Secondary School polling center in Chitwan (kh 23/04/2023), JSP cadres capture polling station in Bara (kh 23/04/2023)

Vehicular movement along Prithvi Highway to be allowed tomorrow : Local roads to remain closed tomorrow (April 23) (kh 22/04/2023) [What is this? Such a measure prevents the elderly and disabled, for example, from reaching the polling stations.]

Ensure Voting Right For All Nepalis, by Lokdeep Thapa (rn 21/04/2023)

Nepal-India border in Bara sealed for 72 hrs ahead of by-election (nlt 21/04/2023)

Parties show their strength ahead of Sunday’s elections : Bypolls are being held in Tanahun-1, Chitwan-2 and Bara-2. Election silence starts Friday (kp 21/04/2023)

EC directs to release election expenses within a week (kh 19/04/2023), EC publishes names of 74 candidates not submitting election expenses (kh 19/04/2023)

Public Financing of Elections Could be a Game-changer for Nepal, by Alok K Bohara (rep 18/04/2023)

Army to be mobilized for April 23 by-election (kh 17/04/2023)

Prime minister renews voting pledge to Nepali citizens residing abroad : Experts say enabling Nepali citizens working or studying abroad to exercise their franchise is easier said than done, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/04/2023) [So far, these have only been hollow promises by politicians, although the Supreme Court has long obliged the government to apply this right of Nepali citizens!], Difficult but doable : The political parties should do more than pay lip service to give voting rights to Nepalis living abroad (kp 17/04/2023)

Parties intensify by-election activities in Chitwan 2 (rn 16/04/2023)

Six organizations permitted to observe by-elections (rep 12/04/2023)

Nepal is holding bypolls in three constituencies, but election fever has gripped the entire nation : Upendra Yadav, Rabi Lamichhane and Swarnim Wagle are among the prominent contestants in the bypolls taking place on April 23, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 09/04/2023) [Another competition among the male high-caste minority elite!]

April 23 by-polls: 29 polling stations highly sensitive in Chitwan (rep 09/04/2023)

Ringing in the new : The 23 April polls will be a referendum on which among the RSP, NC, UML or JSP has more support, by Shristi Karki (nt 07/04/2023)

A keen fight : It is surprising why the Maoist Centre did not field any candidates in the three constituencies (ht 05/04/2023)

By-election battle heats up, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 05/03/2023)

Electoral Office upholds Rabi Lamichhane’s candidacy, revokes three complaints (kh 05/04/2023)

Country caught up in by-polls fervour : Two party chiefs Upendra Yadav and Rabi Lamichhane are contesting. Economist Swarnim Wagle is also in the fray, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 04/04/2023)

By-election: NC to support Upendra Yadav in Bara-2 (kh 02/04/2023), Loktantrik Samajbadi Party to support Janata Samajbadi Party’s candidate in Bara-2 by-election : Loktantrik Samajbadi Party’s Rajendra Mahato, an aspirant for the Bara-2 seat, says he won’t contest the by-election from the constituency following party chairman’s decision (kp 02/04/2023)

Swatantra Party announces bypoll candidates : Rabi Lamichhane will contest from Chitwan-2, Swarnim Wagle from Tanahun-1 and Ramesh Kharel from Bara-2 (kp 02/04/2023) [Exclusively male Bahuns in this "alternative" party too! Besides, if I don't get nominated as a candidate in one party, then I'll just switch to a more willing party.]

UML to field Sarvendra Khanal in Tanahu-1 and Ram Neupane in Chitwan-2 (kh 01/04/2023) [Thank God, both male Bahuns. That the political parties are not ashamed of their personnel policy! All this talk of social inclusion is a frace!]

26 parties registered in Tanahun and Bara for by-election (rep 31/03/2023)

Winning Bara-2 may not be easy for Yadav : Bent on barring Yadav from Parliament, Janamat set to field Maoist defector Shiv Chandra Kushwaha, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp (kp 30/03/2023), LSP leader Mahato to contest by-election from Bara-2 (rep 30/03/2023), Bara-2 by-election further polarises Madhesh politics : The ‘working alliance’ formed during Vice President election is disintegrating, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 31/03/2023)

Nepal concludes scheduled elections (kh 25/03/2023)

EC to hold by-elections in Tanahun and Bara on April 23 (rep 20/03/2023), EC asks parties to register for Tanahu-1, Bara-2 by-election by March 26 (kh 22/03/2023)

Chitwan-2 registers 631 new voters for upcoming by-election (kh 16/03/2023)

Chitwan-2 by-election: EC grants election symbols to 18 parties (kh 09/03/2023)

Polling centers set up for presidential election (kh 08/03/2023)

Parties preparing for April 23 by-election in Chitwan-2 : The lower house seat became vacant after Rabi Lamichhane, who was elected from the constituency in November, lost lawmaker status after citizenship document controversy, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 06/03/2023)

Code of conduct for presidential and vice-presidential elections to come into effect from tomorrow (rep 28/02/2023), EC issues election code of conduct for presidential, vice-presidential election (kh 28/02/2023)

MP Chaudhary demands his name be included in presidential election voter list (rep 23/02/2023), MP Chaudhary's name included in voters’ list (rep 24/02/2023)

EC publicizes names of 881 voters for Presidential election (kh 22/02/2023)

EC calls for registering parties for by-election (kh 19/02/2023)

Prez Bhandari waives fines slapped by EC to local level candidates failing to submit election expenses on time (rep 18/02/2023), Writ filed at SC against decision of President’s Office to waive fines for local level candidates (kh 22/02/2023), Cabinet decision to waive fines of local poll candidates draws flak : Government had decided to exempt fines imposed by poll commission on candidates who failed to furnish campaign spending details on time. The decision has been challenged in court, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/02/2023) [Laws are there to be broken for the cultivation of corruption by government, parties and politicians!]

There should be a law allowing people to vote from their place of residence: CEC Thapaliya (rep 16/02/2023)

By-election in Chitwan-2 to be held on April 23 (kh 12/02/2023), EC schedules date of registration of candidacy for by-election in Chitwan-2 (rep 15/02/2023)

NC leader Umesh Shrestha asking EC to declare him winner from Chitwan-2 (kh 05/02/2023) [Only a new election in this constituency would be a clean solution!]

Political Match-Fixing, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 04/02/2023)

EC sending back Rs three billion out of election budget (kh 03/02/2023), EC is yet to pay Rs 2 billion to various private sector service providers for election expenses (rep 10/02/2023) [???]

Landmark bill to boost women candidacy in polls : Election Commission is drafting a bill to increase women’s candidacy in all three tiers of government by a third, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/0/2023), Hope amid despair : The proposed bill to field more directly elected women candidates is a silver lining (kp 03/02/2023)

Homework underway to make 33 percent women candidates mandatory in FPTP elections to HoR and PAs: CEC Thapaliya (rep 01/02/2023), Landmark bill to boost women candidacy in polls : Election Commission is drafting a bill to increase women’s candidacy in all three tiers of government by a third, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/0/2023)

EC publishes schedule for President, Vice-President election (kh 30/01/2023)

Election Commission should immediately declare the date for the election of president : ‘It is beyond my imagination that the Commission will not declare the dates on time and fulfill its constitutional responsibility as there is absolutely no hindrance to do so’, interview with Ila Sharma, former Election Commissioner (nlt 28/01/2023)

Presidential election: When constitutional and legal terms clash : President and Vice President Election Act 2017 requires vote at least a month before the incumbent’s term ends, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 22/01/2023)

Nepal: What the Election of 2022 Denotes, by Binoj Basnyat (kh 17/01/2023)

Uphold Spirit Of PR Election System, by Sangita Subedi (rep 16/01/2023)

Not your time : The public wants the defeated candidates to stay out of Parliament for the next five years (kp 09/01/2023)

EC calls for party registration for National Assembly by-election (rep 08/01/2023)

Power sharing, inclusive politics in Nepal: Honour the constitutional principle, by Yagya Bahadur Karki (ht 06/01/2023) [When will the arrogant high-caste macho males at the top of the state and political parties finally be punished for their constant disregard of the constitution and laws? A permanent ban from political office should be the minimum punishment! This is not a trivial offence, but malicious intent!]

CPN-UML claims popularity in election race : Popularity of Nepali Congress has declined by more than seven percent and the popular votes of Maoist Centre have decreased by 2.5 percent, says UML’s election report (nlt 02/03/2023) [As is so often the case, this is not true. Only the PR votes say something about the popularity of a party. Here the result is: NC -6.97%, UML -6.31%, MC -2.53%. So they are all losers!]

EC suggests holding National Assembly by-election on February 8 (rn 02/01/2023)

EC preparing for election of President, Vice-President (rn 27/12/2022)

Women representation still remains bare minimum, by Arpana Adhikari (rn 25/12/2022)

Electioneering in South Asia : Economic difficulties are going to play a role in the electoral political narratives in the region, by Smruti P Pattanaik (kp 22/12/2022)

Electoral Mandate And Message, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 21/12/2022)

Presidential, Vice-presidential election to be held by March 14: CEC Thapaliya (kh 19/12/2022)

5 parties have numbers to pick their President : Multiple aspirants from various parties eye the top post, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 19/12/2022)

EC will institutionalize electoral system achievements: CEC Thapaliya (kh 19/12/2022) [Urgent reforms would be more important than institutionalising shortcomings!]

Bell ringing for status-quo : The November elections were more a loss for established parties than a win for newbies, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 18/12/2022)

40 political parties lost their bail (kh 16/12/2022)

Old Games, New Faces : A mood-based analysis of recent elections from abroad, by Uttam Paudel (rep 16/12/2022

Disabled people’s representation minimal in new Parliament (kh 15/12/2022)

Dalit community sees representation of 28 PR members in province assemblies (kh 15/12/2022) [This means 5 percent of the MPs from about 14 per cent of the population! Just imagine, in the seven provinces there would be a total of only 12 male MPs from the Bahun community who make up six per cent of the population!]

15 Dalit leaders elected to HoR under proportional category (kh 15/12/2022)

HoR, Bagmati Province Assembly to have 52 members from Kathmandu district (kh 15/12/2022)

FPTP Election: A Road Less Traveled by Women : Providing equal opportunity to women in elections is crucial to believe in women’s capacity and change stereotypes in politics, by Neelam Dhanuse (rep 15/12/2022) [Nepal's macho politicians will do everything they can to prevent this!]

EC announces HoR poll results, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 15/12/2022)

EC thanks governments for accomplishing elections (rn 14/12/2022) [And the government thanks the EC for not criticizing the lack of inclusion of women, Dalits, Janajatis and Muslims and the rigging of elections by the electoral alliance!]

November polls fail to ensure fair representation of Dalits : The representation of Dalit community in the newly elected legislature—5.81 percent— is the lowest since the 2008 Constituent Assembly, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 13/12/2022)

Doctored images and out-of-context videos spread misinformation during Nepal elections (kh 13/12/2022)

Wives, cronies and company : Old parties’ leaders have given more ammunition to those who argue that PR is irredeemably corrupt (kp 12/12/2022), Gross Misuse of PR System (rep 12/12/2022)

Assessing the election results : Experiments with coalition governments have been marred by corruption scandals, by Nishchal N Pandey (kp 12/12/2022)

More invalid votes under PR (kh 12/12/2022)

Parties can make corrections to PR list by 4 pm today: EC (kh 12/12/2022)

Election Commission lifts election code of conduct (kh 11/12/2022)

Parties pick PR candidates amid cries of unfairness : The proportional representation system, which was meant to ensure representation of marginalised groups, has been hijacked, say political analysts, by Tika R Pradhan and Nishan Khatiwada (kp 11/12/2022), Parties submit names of PR candidates (ht 11/12/2022)

EC to announce final names of PR candidates on Monday (kh 11/12/2022)

RSP submits HoR members under PR category to EC (kh 11/12/2022)

Petition demands removal of polygamous PR candidates : Lawyer registers a writ petition at the Supreme Court after appealing the Election Commission that candidates practising polygamy be denied election (kp 10/12/2022)

NC picks 32 PR lawmakers (rep 10/12/2022), NC finalizes names of 32 PR candidates for HoR (with list) (kh 10/12/2022) [Nepotism without any scruples!], NC submits name list of selected HoR members under PR (kh 11/12/2022)

Unified Socialist submits PR candidate list to EC (kh 10/12/2022)

CPN-UML Secretariat finalizes PR candidates (with list) (kh 10/12/2022)

Maoist Center submits PR candidates’ list to EC (With list) (kh 10/12/2022)

RPP finalizes seven PR lawmakers (rep 10/12/2022)

Nepal’s Elections Observation Has Transformed A Lot In The Last Three Decades, interview with Krishna Man Pradhan (sp 09/12/2022)

“Nepali People Have Lost Interest In The Existing Major Parties”, interview with SD Muni (sp 09/12/2022)

Election Musings : That the people should elect a Head of State with executive powers has been voiced by many young Nepalis contesting the elections, by Hemang Dixit (sp 09/12/2022)

Seats of power : Nepal’s political parties negotiate power-sharing deals to form a government, by Shristi Karki (nt 09/12/2022)

They are back again in the House! : Oh, no, not again, by Bishwo Gauchan (ht 09/12/2022)

Power of red flag is fading in Nepal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 18/12/2022)

UML to send 19 female members under PR system, NC 29 (kh 08/12/2022) [Adequate social inclusion in parliament will never be achieved unless the parties dominated by high-caste males are required to apply the rules of social inclusion in the selection of candidates for the FPTP system. Khas Arya, for example, are already over-represented through the FPTP system. It is not understandable that more members of this social group have to be nominated through the PR system! The striving for adequate inclusion of all social groups, as declared after Jana Andolan II, is implausible. The ruling high-caste male elite is only interested in securing its privileges and posts!]

Here is how proportional members are elected to provincial assemblies (rep 08/12/2022), Election of 110 PR candidates: Who are on the lists of national parties?, by Sajira Shrestha (rep 09/12/2022)

With 89 seats, NC becomes largest party in HoR; UML second (kh 07/12/2022), Ruling alliance two seats shy of majority : At the end of proportional representation vote counting, the five-party alliance has 136 seats against the 138 required to prove a majority in the 275-strong House, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/12/2022), Full results out: Mathematics of parliament is now clear : Nepali Congress bags 89 seats, CPN-UML 78, CPN (Maoist Center) 32 and the Rastriya Swatantra Party 20, among others (nlt 08/12/2022)

RSP’s Poudel reaches SC demanding re-election in Rupandehi-2 (kh 06/12/2022)

Rightist tilt in Nepal : History shows that politics devoid of philosophical underpinnings last only a season, by Achyut Wagle (kp 06/12/2022)

Maoist-Center hell bent on perpetuating power, election results be damned : Here is a brief commentary on the fall and fall of CPN (Maoist-Center), a political party that used to claim itself as the most revolutionary force in Nepal until a decade ago, by Kishor Dahal (nlt 06/12/2022)

Vote counting of PR category to complete today (kh 06/12/2022), PR category: UML leading followed by NC (kh 06/12/2022)

138 lose election deposits in Saptari (kh 06/12/2022)

Nepali Congress, CPN-UML emerge as largest parties in provincial assemblies (rep 05/12/2022) [The overall result of all provinces is incidental. In a federal state, each province must be considered on its own and be independent of the politicians at the central level!], PA poll: NC wins 111 out of 330 seats, UML 91 (rn 05/12/2022)

UML gets highest number of votes under PR category (kh 05/12/2022)

FPTP: NC wins 57 seats; UML 44 (kh 05/12/2022), Results of 165 HoR seats declared, NC wins highest 57 (rep 05/12/2022), List of newly-elected HoR members (kh 05/12/2022), Results for 165 seats in HoR declared, NC wins highest 57 (rn 05/12/2022), New government expected in 2 weeks : Election Commission plans to submit the election report to President Bidya Devi Bhandari early next week, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/12/2022)

Maoist Center’s Karki elected from Dolakha (kh 05/12/2022)

Maoist and Madhesh-based parties see steep decline in electoral politics : The parties that emerged as major political forces from the 2006 people’s movement are now losing their appeal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/12/2022)

We will be decisive for a majority in parliament: CK Raut (kh 04/12/2022)

10 parties get less than 5,000 votes under PR system (kh 04/12/2022)

UML ahead in PR vote count; NC following (kh 04/12/2022

NC’s Badri Pandey elected from Bajura (kh 04/12/2022)

NC’s Shahi elected to PA from Bajura (2) (kh 04/12/2022), UML’s KC clinches PA member from Dolakha (2) (kh 04/12/2022)

Changing Electoral Landscape, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 03/12/2022)

What’s the mandate of Nov 20 polls? The message from voters is that the traditional parties should reform or they will perish, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 03/12/2022)

Patronizing Sovereign Dignity of Nepal, by GP Acharya (rep 03/12/2022)

New parliament to have seven national parties, including two new ones : Emergence of Rabi Lamichhane-led Rastriya Swatantra Party and CK Raut-led Janamat Party as two new national parties (rep 03/12/2022)

Dhanraj Gurung’s victory ensured as 5,000 votes remain to be counted (kh 03/12/2022), NC’s Dhanraj Gurung elected to HoR from Syangja-2 (kh 03/12/2022)

20 candidates secure 30 thousand plus votes yet lost HoR seats (kh 03/12/2022)

Six leaders defeated central ministers in parliamentary polls, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 03/12/2022)

Over 20 businessmen make it to parliament this election (rep 03/12/2022)

Unpacking CK Raut’s win over Upendra Yadav : Raut’s personal touch with voters and Yadav’s overreliance on caste votes are key factors. JSP blames foreign hand, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 03/12/2022)

The past is foretold in Nepal poll results : Although the arithmetic shows big parties dominate, Nepalis have sent them a clear message of dissatisfaction, by Shristi Karki (nt 02/12/2022)

Systematically Disenfranchised!, by Nishant Pokharel (rep 02/12/2022)

Mixed Outcomes Of Elections, by Shyam P Mainali (rn 02/12/2022)

Exclusionary parliament : Major parties are running out of excuses to deny election tickets to marginalised (kp 02/12/2022)

14 leaders of ‘above 70 category’ get elected in HoR (kh 02/12/2022) [They have done everything to ensure this!]

Vote counting stopped in Bajura (kh 02/11/2022)

A dozen parties ensure representation in parliament (kh 02/11/2022)

Bibeksheel Sajha Party: 200 thousand votes in 2074 BS, 789 in 2079 BS (kh 02/12/2022)

The shifting political tide in Madhes, by Manika Jha (ae 01/12/2022)

Dalit and women leaders in Karnali feel cheated : Big parties did not field any Dalit candidate for Parliament from Karnali Province, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 01/12/2022)

HoR welcoming 31 indigenous members (rn 01/12/2022)

Low Voter Turnout Hints Public Resentment, by Rajendra Chataut (rn 01/12/2022)

Fix Delivery Means To Fulfill Promises, by Mukti Rijal (rn 01/12/2022)

CPN-MC, a pale shadow of its 2008 avatar : The party has not only lost its numerical strength in the HoR, but also its vote-share, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 01/12/2022)

UML becomes the largest party in Province 1 (kh 01/12/2022)

Congress reaches out to Janamat Party chief Raut to discuss new government : Raut held hour-long talks with Bimalendra Nidhi in Kathmandu (kp 01/12/2022), Janamat Party agrees to join ruling coalition with NC (kh 01/12/2022), Janmat Party sets three conditions to join NC-led coalition (kh 01/12/2022)) [??]

Nov 20 polls: Where Do We Go From Here?, by Sindhuj Thapa and Anmol Purbey (rep 01/12/2022)

Amid din of government formation, will the CPN-UML remain silent? Party members say multiple options are open including tying up with the Maoists or the Congress for a ruling coalition, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 01/12/2022), Act two, scene one : The same old men will begin fighting for the chair if the youth leaders don't intervene (kp01/12/2022), Deuba’s moment to shine : The debate on who should lead the next government has become a matter of public interest, by Siddhartha Thapa (kp 01/12/2022) [He was PM five times and did not shine. So now presumably a sixth time, although the voters have denied the ruling coalition a majority?]

PR vote count: UML gets 2.7 million votes, NC following (kh 01/12/2022), Vote count: NC continues to lead; UML following (kh 01/12/2022)

Gyanendra Bahadur Karki wins from Sundari-4 : Karki defeated Jagdish Prasad Kusiyat, a candidate of CPN-UML, by a margin of 112 votes (nlt 01/12/2022)

Voting underway in 10 polling centers of Dolakha (kh 01/12/2022)

Indecisive election results: Now the battle for new government : Nepal's federal parliament constitutes 275 members of parliament. As many as 138 lawmakers are necessary to establish a majority and claim the premiership. So who will lead Nepal’s next government?, by Dhan Bahadur Khadka (nlt 30/11/2022) [In democratic states, now would be the moment for politicians to admit defeat, retire from office and ambitions for power, and make way for a younger generation! But Nepal's failed politicians have already started thinking about how to form a new government without a parliamentary majority.]

New House of Representatives to be less inclusive : As proportional representation votes are scattered among parties, women, Dalits, Janajatis will be underrepresented, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/11/2022) [This is the outspoken goal of the political parties totally dominated by male Khas Arya! The fact that another 30 per cent Khas Aryas are nominated via the PR system contradicts all statements on inclusion!]

Two new forces enter federal parliament as national parties : Rabi Lamichhane’s Rastriya Swatantra Party and CK Raut’s Janamat Party make the cut after the election results pour in, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/11/2022)

All bills in HoR inactive, bills in National Assembly remain unchanged (rep 30/11/2022)

Election deposits of nine candidates, including one from UML, confiscated in Kailali-1, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 30/11/2022), 168 poll candidates' deposits forfeited in Rautahat (ht 30/11/2022)

Youth As Leaders, by Dixya Poudel (rn 30/11/2022

Parties fail to garner majority in Provincial Assemblies (kh 30/11/2022), Karnali: The candidates who couldn’t get even 100 votes, by Govinda KC (rep 30/11/2022)

Worth the investment? Failure to maintain financial transparency in political parties allows for the criminalisation of politics, by Shristi Rai (kp 30/11/2022)

EC decides to  kick off  vote count in Bajura and Syangja-2 (kh 30/11/2022)

Polls in Madhesh: JSP and LSP lose ground (kh 30/11/2022)

NC’s Narayan Khadka elected from Udayapur-1 (kh 30/11/2022), FPTP members elected to HoR so far (kh 30/11/2022)

Message from Nepali voters : This time, there were thousands who joined the fray with little resources or connections, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 29/11/2022)

Crystal gazing Nepal’s next five years : The independents contested the election to clean up the country’s politics and fight corruption, by Naresh Koirala (kp 29/11/2022)

Ruling Coalition In Driving Seat, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 29/11/2022)

Parties flouted laws, used children in elections, by Ruby Rauniyar (rep 29/11/2022)

Sarlahi sends no woman member into HoR, elects one under PA (kh 29/11/2022)

Over 9.6 million votes counted under PR category: EC (kh 29/11/2022), UML continues leading PR vote count with 2,607,472 votes (kh 29/11/2022)

Parties agree to resume vote counting in Communication Minister Karki's constituency (rep 29/11/2022), Counting of votes resumes in Udayapur-1, UML boycotts, by Maheshwor Chamling Rai (rep 29/11/2022)

UML stands first, NC second in Madhesh in Nov 20 elections (kh 29/11/2022)

UML’s Mahaseth elected from Dhanusha-4 (kh 29/11/2022)

UML’s Mahato clinches PA seat from Dhanusha 4(2) (kh 29/11/2022), UML’s Hari Narayan defeats Madhesh Province minister in Dhanusha-4 (B), by Surendra Yadav (rep 29/11/2022)

FPTP members elected to HoR so far (kh 29/11/2022)

Youth voice: What youths expect from faces of hope in parliament, by Sharana Sherpa and Anjali Shukla (nlt 28/11/2022),
Old parties failed to understand the new generation : The political template of Congress and Communists are decades old. Closed camps and cadre training don't work so well in the age of social media, interview with Krishna Khanal (kp 28/11/2022), Over 60 former MPs face defeat in parliamentary election (rep 28/11/2022)

Economic promises and challenges : None of the manifestos explains how to mobilise resources and enhance administration, by Chandan Sapkota (kp 28/11/2022)

Is communist alliance in the making? Poor performance of CPN (Maoist Center) in federal parliament polls and desperation of KP Oli and CPN-UML leaders to return to power indicate the possibility. But observers are not so sure (nlt 28/11/2022)

Nepal : Fractured Mandate, by Ajit Kumar Singh (SAIR 28/11/2022)

Parties Move To Form New Government, by Ballav Dahal (rn 28/11/2022)

Women representation nil under FPTP in Karnali province : Single candidate to represent Dalits (kh 28/11/2022)

On their own merit : If talent is discouraged in political parties, those committed to public service will seek alternatives (kp 28/11/2022)

Exploitation fears as more contractors become lawmakers : Stakeholders say contractor-turned lawmakers could misuse their influence to skew laws and policies in their favour, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/11/2022) [Teachers and other people in the public service are not allowed to run, but people who have a great economic advantage from their election are!]

Candidates begin submitting election spending (kh 28/11/2022), EC directs candidates and parties to submit election expenses within15 days (kh 28/11/2022), EC instructs candidates to submit their election expenses within 35 days (rep 28/11/2022)

Dang sees 5.92 percent votes invalid (kh 28/11/2022)

PR votes: UML leading followed by Nepali Congress (kh 28/11/2022), 15 percent votes under PR yet to be counted (kh 28/11/2022)

FPTP members elected to HoR so far (kh 28/11/2022)

Re-election to be held in Dolakha on Dec 1 (kh 28/11/2022), Repolling in 10 Dolakha booths on December 1 (ht 28/11/2022)

JSP’s Ashok Rai elected from Sunsari-1 (kh 28/11/2022)

Contours of post-election politics : Democracy seems to have become stronger with the popular quest for alternatives, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 27/11/2022), The ambition of politicians and the will of voters : Attempt of a first election analysis, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (Nepal Observer 27/11/2022) [see also Khabarhub 29/11/2022]

Ruling alliance fails to stop UML : Dissimilar ideologies of the parties in the coalition seems to have not favoured them, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 27/11/2022), Maoists had difficulties winning elections even in their bastions, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 27/11/2022), Deuba, Dahal commit to saving the alliance : KP Sharma Oli has also been reaching out to other parties to build a coalition he can lead, by Anil Giri (kp 27/11/2022) [The message from the voters is clear: Not these old failed politicians again! Without the manipulations of the top politicians, this message would have been much clearer!]

60 former MPs defeated in election (kh 27/11/2022)

Voters reject candidates favoured by top leaders : The trend reflects people’s growing frustration with the top brass and how the political parties are run, analysts say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 27/11/2022)

Voters’ Expectations, by Parmeshwar Devkota (rn 27/11/2022), Writing Is On The Wall For Parties, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 27/11/2022)

EC will decide on vote count resumption in Bajura, Syangja and Dolakha soon: Spokesperson Paudel (kh 27/11/2022), EC decides to hold re-election in 10 polling stations in Dolakha (kh 27/11/2022)

What caused lower voters turnout in this election?, by Ranju Kafle (rn 27/11/2022)

80 percent votes under PR counted so far: EC (kh 27/141/2022)

Election results of all districts but for three will come by November 29: EC (kh 27/11/2022)

General Election2022: Results of 157 seats under FPTP out (kh 27/11/2022)

Results of 156 constituencies out, Congress lead winning 51 seats : Nepali Congress has won 51 seats, followed by CPN-UML with 41 seats. Likewise, CPN (Maoist) and CPN (Unified Socialist) and Rastriya Swatantra Party have won 17 seats, 10 seats, and seven seats, respectively (nlt 27/11/2022), As counting nears end, picture of new House emerges : Congress leads in first-past-the-post tally, UML hopes to catch up with proportional representation votes, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 27/11/2022)

UML’s Subash Nemwang elected from Ilam-2 (kh 27/11/2022), UML’s Mahato elected from Mahottari-1 (kh 27/11/2022), NC’s Dig Limbu wins HoR seat from Morang-1 (kh 27/11/2022), UML’s Basnet elected from Ilam-1 defeating Jhalanath Khanal (kh 27/11/2022)

RPP wins 7 seats in Bagmati State Assembly (kh 27/11/2022), 14 CMs in five years: 7 won elections, two lost (rep 27/11/2022), Ruling coalition clinches victory in majority seats in Karnali PA (kh 27/11/2022)

Members elected to HoR so far (kh 27/11/2022)

PR votes: UML leading followed by Nepali Congress (kh 27/11/2022)

Counting of votes uncertain in Bajura (kh 27/11/2022)

Vote count in Sunsari-4 postponed since Saturday evening (kh 27/11/2022)

Remarkable Electoral Shifts, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 26/11/2022)

Caste-based voting on the wane in Madhesh, poll results suggest : As society becomes more diverse, the province has started to look more at candidates’ vision than their ethnicity, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 26/11/2022)

Established Madhes parties lose vote share to new outfits, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 26/11/2022)

Rabi Lamichhane discloses his election expenditure (kh 26/11/2022)

All candidates of ruling alliance win election in Karnali Province (kh 26/11/2022)

Khanal demands for reelection in Ilam (rep 26/11/2022)

Vote count halts in Sunsari-4 (kh 26/11/2022), ‘Communication minister demanded recounting of votes after he was certain to lose’ (rep 27/11/2022)

UML is losing ground in Gandaki Province. Congress making gains : In 2017, UML alone won 13 lower house seats from Gandaki, but this time its tally has reduced to just five, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 26/11/2022), Beating all odds, CPN–UML becomes leading force in Madhesh Province : But split cost the party dearly in Sudurpaschim and Karnali provinces, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/11/2022), NC’s Acharya elected HoR member from Kapilvastu-2 (kh 26/11/2022), RPP candidate Bohara defeats incumbent Home Minister Khand in Rupandehi-3 (rep 26/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Amanlal Modi wins from Morang-4 (kh 26/11/2022), NC’s Tejulal Chaudhary elected from Saptari-4 (kh 26/11/2022), RPP’s Bikram Pandey turns victorious in Chitwan-3 (kh 26/11/2022), NC’s Shahi clinches victory in Mugu (kh 26/11/2022), NC’s Mahendra Ray Yadav wins in Mahottari-4 (kp 26/11/2022), NC and UML garner over 2 million votes under PR category (kh 26/11/2022), Mahindra Raya Yadav elected from Sarlahi-2 (kh 26/11/2022)

PR vote count: UML leading followed by NC and RSP (kh 26/11/2022), PR votes: UML still ahead followed by NC and Maoist Center (kh 26/11/2022), PR Votes: Maoist Center takes a lead against Rastriya Swatantra Party, UML continues the lead as NC trails behind it (rep 26/11/2022), NC and UML garner over 2 million votes under PR category (kh 26/11/2022), 7.6 million votes counted under PR category: EC (kh 26/11/2022), 7.6 million votes counted under proportional category (rep 26/11/2022)

Re-poll in Bajura's Budhinanda today (rn 26/11/2022)

Panel formed to probe deaths following vote-related dispute (ht 26/11/2022)

Update: Members elected to HoR (kh 26/11/2022), JSP’s Raj Kishor elected from Siraha-2 (kh 26/11/2022),

UML’s Malla clinches PA seat in Mugu (1) (kh 26/11/2022), NC wins PA seat in Nuwakot 2(2) (kh 26/11/2022)

Vox Populi : The people have spoken: they do not want business as usual in politics (nt 25/11/2022), The Nepali people have spoken : Voters have made their dissatisfaction with the country’s serial politicians clear: shape up or ship out, by Sonia Awale (nt 25/11/2022)

The underdogs have won. Now what? The next five years will be crucial, not just for the newer parties, but also for the older lot, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 25/11/2022)

Expat push key to Swatantra Party’s electoral success : Migrant workers and students studying abroad had urged their family members back in Nepal to cast their votes in favour of RSP this election, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 25/11/2022), RSP, new kid on the block, chimes with voters : Wins five parliamentary seats in valley, placed 3rd in PR vote count, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/11/2022)

Women participation in HoR: Seven get directly elected, two still leading (kh 25/11/2022) [Besides 158 males: this is what the patriarchal party leaders call appropriate and "inclusive"!], Women candidates in HoR and PA elections of 2079 BS, by Smriti Dhungana (rep 25/11/2022)

Polls largely fair : The govt and the EC have failed to ensure the voting right of the Nepali migrant workers (ht 25/11/2022) [Elections that are dominated and manipulated by the Tagadhari, especially Bahun patriarchy and discriminate against women, Janajatis, Madheshis, Dalits and Muslims can hardly be called fair!]

Lingden lifts Rastriya Prajatantra Party’s status in the House : On Thursday evening, the party’s share of proportional representation votes was 7 percent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/11/2022) [The improvement of the RPP must also be attributed primarily to the bad policies and largely failed manipulations of the erstwhile major parties. The probably 6 or 7 per cent share in the PR vote shows that people do not really want a return to Hindu state and monarchy!]

Problem persists in three districts as Election Commission fails to resolve issues : The body is studying the disputes and has announced re-polls at a centre in Bajura (kp 25/11/2022)

14,849 votes invalid in HoR, PA poll in Kailali-3 (rn 25/11/2022)

UML’s Mainali elected HoR member from Bara-1 (kh 25/11/2022), NC’s Yadav elected HoR member from Dhanusha-2 (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Mahato elected to HoR from Dhanusha-3 (kh 25/11/2022), NC’s Dr. Shekhar Koirala elected from Morang-6 (kh 25/11/2022), NC candidate wins HoR seat from Nawalparasi (Bardaghat-Susta East)-2 (kh 25/11/2022), RPP’s Dhruba Pradhan elected from Nawalparasi-2 (kh 25/11/2022), Panchthar: UML’s candidate Nembang wins HoR seat (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Uprety wins HoR seat from Sarlahi-3 (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Gokul Baskota ensures victory in Kavre-2 (kh 25/11/2022), NC’s Dilli Raj Pant elected from Kailali-5 (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Pradip Gyawali concedes defeat : "I take responsibility for adverse results" (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Gurung clinches HoR seat from Kaski-1 (kh 25/11/2022), Birendra Mahato of JSP wins from Siraha-4 (rep 25/11/2022), UML’s Gaire elected HoR member from Palpa-2 (kh 25/11/2022), NUP’s Chaudhary wins from Kailali 2 (kh 25/11/2022), NC’s Sunil Sharma gets elected from Morang-3 (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Acharya wins HoR seat from Palpa-1 (kh 25/11/2022), Mahantha Thakur clinches HoR seat from Mahottari-3 (kh), NC’s Thapa wins from Syangja-1 (kh 25/11/2022), UML leader Bishnu Poudel elected from Rupandehi-2 (kh 25/11/2022)

Pathak elected PA member from Nawalparasi (Bardaghat-Susta West)-1 (1) (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Maharjan elected PA member from Lalitpur 3(2) (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Basnet wins in Sunsari-1 (A), by Rohit Rai (rep 25/11/2022), NC’s Karki wins in Morang-6 (B) (rep 25/11/2022), Minister Shahi elected in Dolpa (B) (rep 25/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Shrestha wins PA member from Ramechhap (kh 25/11/2022)

The stark message of elections, by Shiva P Tiwari (ae 24/11/2022), What are the new prime minister’s biggest challenges?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 24/11/2022), Lessons from election (ae 24/11/2022)

The scrutiny of incoming Swatantra Party lawmakers has already begun : While some find party’s lack of clear ideology troubling, others reckon its ranks of field experts will serve well, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 24/11/2022)

In Madhesh, political ground is shifting : Fourteen years after the Madhesh movement, voters have punished its major faces in the recent polls, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/11/2022), CK Raut’s Janamat Party emerges as a strong regional force : His victory surprised many as his party’s performance during the May local elections had been dismal, Abdhesh Kumar Jha & Santosh Singh (kp 24/11/2022)

Times they’re changing : The rise of the Rastriya Swatantra Party reflects the passion for change among Nepali voters (kp 24/11/2022)

Sobita Gautam and Dr Toshima Karki: New faces kindling hope in Kathmandu and outside : They did not resort to blame-game, their election campaign was sober and comparatively frugal. Rise of Sobita Gautam and Dr Toshima Karki has now ignited a new hope among youths, by Sharana Sherpa (nlt 24/11/2022)

Rise of rebels, fall of ‘yes-men’ : General secretaries of CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist lost the elections while the general secretaries duo of Nepali Congress won the race, by Dhan Bahadur Khadka (nlt 24/11/2022)

Polling for Nepal's parliament 2022: Ballot box or cyber-voting?, by Anand Aditya (ht 24/11/2022)

Defining Contours Of Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 24/11/2022)

Stability For Sustainable Development, by Bishnu Prasad Khanal (rn 24/11/2022)

Vote count of 88 constituencies concludes; NC wins 33 seats, UML 19 and Maoist Center nine seats (rep 24/11/2022), Members elected to HoR so far (kh 24/11/2022)

Rabi Lamichhane ensures victory from Chitwan-2 : Official announcement yet to be made (kh 24/11/2022), Rabi Lamichhane secures landslide victory in Chitwan-2 : Lamichhane secured 49,261 votes, while Umesh Shrestha of Nepali Congress bagged 15,091 votes (nlt 24/11/2022), NC’s Rathaur wins HoR seat from Banke 3 (kh 24/11/2022), Unified Socialist’s Joshi elected HoR member from Bajhang (kh 24/11/2022), UML’s Ghimire elected HoR member from Rupandehi 5 (kh 24/11/2022), UML’s Gurung elected HoR member from Lamjung (kh 24/11/2022), UML’s Gurung wins from Lamjung, defeats Maoist’s heavyweight Dev Gurung : Gurung bagged 31,789 votes, while Prithivi Subba Gurung got 34,969 votes (nlt 24/11/2022), Deepak Singh defeats Kamal Thapa in  Makwanpur-1 (rep 24/11/2022), Kamal Thapa concedes defeat (kh 24/11/2022), Unified Socialist’s Ale wins HoR seat from Doti (kh 24/11/2022), RSP’s Dr. Toshima Karki elected from Lalitpur-3 (kh 24/11/2022), UML’s Thapa elected HoR member from Pyuthan (kh 24/11/2022), Maoist Chairman Prachanda elected to HoR from Gorkha-2 (kh 24/11/2022), NC leader Paudel elected HoR member from Tanahun 1 (kh 24/11/2022), Suwal elected to HoR from Bhaktapur-1 (kh 24/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Sharma wins HoR member from Dang-2 (kh 24/11/2022), Unified Socialist Chair Madhav Nepal elected from Rautahat-1 (kh 24/11/2022), UML makes clean sweep in Parbat (kh 24/11/2022), CPN-UML’s LP Sanwa elected HoR member from Jhapa-4 (kh 24/11/2022), Dr. Shashank clinches fourth win in a row (kh 24/11/2022), RPP’s Deepak Singh wins in Makwanpur-1 (kh 24/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Pasang defeats UML’s Bishal Bhattarai in Khotang (kh 24/11/2022), Man Bahadur Rai elected HoR member from Solukhumbu (rep 24/11/2022), NC leader Paudel elected as HoR member from Tanahun-1 (rep 24/11/2022), Ruling alliance candidate wins HoR seat in Sarlahi-1 (rep 24/11/2022), NC wins election in Myagdi after 23 years (rn 24/11/2022), NC comes winner in Sidhuli-1 (kh 24/11/2022), UML’s Bidya Bhattarai wins HoR seat in Kaski-2 (kh 24/11/2022), Rajendra Lingden wins from Jhapa-3 : Lingden defeated Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula by a margin of 3,276 votes (nlt 24/11/2022), RSP’s Hari Dhakal wins in Chitwan-1 (kh 24/11/2022), UML wins HoR, PA seats in Arghakhanchi (kh 24/11/2022), Nagarik Unmukti Party’s Ranjita Shrestha wins in Kailali-1 (kh 24/11/2022), NC’s Yadav wins HoR seat in Saptari-3 (kh 24/11/2022), CPN (Maoist Center) candidate Sapkota elected HoR member from Sindhupalchowk-1 (rn 24/11/2022), RSP’s Hari Dhakal wins in Chitwan-2 (rep 24/11/2022), Ramshankar Yadav wins from Siraha-1 (rep 24/11/2022), NC leader Khadka elected from Surkhet-1 (kh 24/11/2022), NC’s Karki secures HoR post from Nawalparasi East-2 (kh 24/11/2022), NC rebel candidate Amaresh Kumar Singh elected from Sarlahi-4 (kh 24/11/2022), Rayamajhi wins HoR seat from Arghakhanchi (kh 24/11/2022)

Maoist Center secures PA seats from Sindhupalchok (kh 24/11/2022), CPN-UML wins PA seats from Gulmi-2 (kh 24/11/2022), Results of PA elections 2022 so far (kh 24/11/2022), Lakshman Kishore Chaudhary wins PA seat from Kailali-1B (rep 24/11/2022), Anurag Khadka wins in Dang-1 (rep 24/11/2022), UML's Menyangwo elected province assembly member from Taplejung A (rep 24/11/2022), Vindu Kumar Thapa wins in Kaski-2B (rep 24/11/2022), Janmajaya Timilsina elected provincial assembly member from Bardia 2 A (rep 24/11/2022), Sakil Mia of Janamat Party wins Province Assembly seat from Saptari-1(B) (rep 24/11/2022)

Shishir Khanal wins from Kathmandu-6 (nlt 23/11/2022), Yogesh Bhattarai elected from Taplejung (nlt 23/11/2022), Gokarna Bista elected from Gulmi-2 for third consecutive time (nlt 23/11/2022), CK Raut elected from Saptari-2 with a wide margin (nlt 23/11/2022), Pradip Poudel elected from Kathmandu-5 : Poudel defeated CPN-UML leader Ishwar Pokharel by 5,065 votes (nlt 23/11/2022), Sobita Gautam elected from Kathmandu-2 (nlt 23/11/2022), Sher Bahadur Deuba elected for seventh consecutive time from Dadeldhura (nlt 23/11/2022), RSP’s Dr. Toshima Karki elected from Lalitpur-3  (kh 23/11/2022), Unified Socialist candidate registers first win from Achham (kh 23/11/2022), NC’s Thani secures HoR seat from Surkhet-2 (kh 23/11/2022), RPP’s Rana elected from Banke Constituency-2 (kh 23/11/2022), NC’s Rajendra KC elected from Kathmandu Constituency-10 (kh 23/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Ghartimar gets elected from Rukum East (kh 23/11/2022), Resham Chaudhary’s father Lalveer Chaudhary wins in Bardiya-2 (kh 23/11/2022), Nagarik Unmukti Party turns victorious in all seats in Kailali-3 (kh 23/11/2022), JSP’s Pradeep Yadav wins from Parsa-1 (kh 23/11/2022), JSP’s Pradeep Yadav wins from Parsa-1 (kh 23/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Devendra Poudel elected from Baglung-2 (kh 23/11/2022), NC candidate Ramhari Khatiwada wins  from Okhaldhunga (kh 23/11/2022), NC candidate Ajay Chaurasiya wins in Parsa-2 (kh 23/11/2022), UML Chair KP Oli wins by a huge margin in Jhapa-5 (kh 23/11/2022), Unified Socialist’s Kisan Shrestha elected from Bara-4 (kh 23/11/2022), NC leader Lekhak wins in Kanchanpur-3 (kh 23/11/2022), KC of Rastriya Janamorcha wins HoR seat from Baglung-1 (rep 23/11/2022)

NC’s Ale gets victory in Province Assembly from Tanahun (kh 23/11/2022), UML’s Dhami becomes victorious in Darchula PA-1 (kh 23/11/2022), RPP wins in both PA seats in Kathmandu-2 (kh 23/11/2022), NC makes clean sweep in Kathmandu-1 (kh 23/11/2022), CPN-UML’s Pachhai wins PA seat in Jumla (kh 23/11/2022)

Validation of the existing order : Voters have validated the status quo with their participation as well as abstention, by CK Lal (kp 23/11/2022)

A eulogy to unfact : During election campaigns, when truth is reduced to pithy slogans, facts are far from simple errors of details, by Dharma Adhikari (kp 23/11/2022)

Nepalis Vote For A Change, by Namrata Sharma (rn 23/11/2022)

After ballot paper mix-up, calls grow for shift to electronic voting : Election observers blame polling officers for the problem, by Bijnod Ghimire (kp 23/11/2022)

135 election employees awaiting rescue in Upper Dolpa (kh 23/11/2022)

Shape up or ship out : The major political forces must start the long process of their renewal right now. They have been adequately warned (kp 22/11/2022), The mavericks are coming : The parties should get the message that the Nepali people are getting tired of their ways, by Achyut Wagle (kp 22/11/2022)

Newer parties could make gains in Nepal's election, analysts say (ht 22/11/2022)

Voters Indifferent To Poll, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 22/11/2022)

UML’s Shrestha wins HoR election from Kathmandu-9 (nlt 22/11/2022)

NC candidate Patel elected PA member from Parsa-2 A (rn 22/11/2022)

NC wins PA seat in Rasuwa-1 (kh 22/11/2022)

RPP wins Province Assembly seat in Kathmandu- 2(1) (kh 22/11/2022)

Nagarik Unmukti Party’s Chaudhary wins in Kailali-3 (kh 22/11/2022), What is the Nagarik Unmukti Party about? Here is basic information about the Nagarik Unmukti Party that is emerging as a new force in west Terai of Nepal (nlt 22/11/2022)

Prakash Man Singh re-elected from Kathmandu-1 : Nepali Congress leader won for the fourth time beating Rastriya Prajatantra Party leader Rabindra Mishra by just 125 votes (nlt 22/11/2022), Gagan Thapa elected from Kathmandu-4
Thapa has garnered 21,302 votes, while his nearest rival Bhattarai secured 13,855
(nlt 22/11/2022)

Congress takes lead in preliminary vote counting : Rastriya Swatantra Party makes an encouraging entry into national politics (kp 22/11/2022)

When Nepal stops : Government service delivery comes to a halt during elections. The cost is evident all around (kp 21/11/2022) [The way in which elections are organised is irrational and in many respects represents a serious restriction of basic civil rights!], Heavy security presence at polling centres perplexes tourists, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 21/11/2022)

Federal parliament election 2022 result: Prem Bahadur Maharjan wins from Lalitpur-2 : CPN-UML candidate Prem Bahadur Maharjan has been elected to federal parliament from Lalitpur Constituency-2 (nlt 21/11/2022)

Vote counting halted in Gorkha district as dispute escalates over election-rigging : The vote counting process has not yet started in Gorkha where Maoist chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal is one of the contenders (nlt 21/11/2022)

‘Back-to-back elections also led to low voter turnout : ‘People say why give the same old parties another chance when they have failed to perform, repeatedly’, interview with Sanjeev Humagain (kp 21/11/2022)

What does the result of the initial vote count suggest?, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 21/11/2022)

NC’s Sherchan elected to Mustang’s Provincial Assembly (B) (kh 21/11/2022)

NC candidate Gurung wins from Mustang in Gandaki Province Assembly (kh 21/11/2022), NC's Namdu Gurung wins Province Assembly seat from Mustang (rn 21/11/2022)

Nepali Congress wins HoR seat in Mustang (nlt 21/11/2022), Yogesh becomes centre of attraction in Mustang political scene after winning election (rn 21/11/2022)

Vote counting of FPTP, PR being conducted simultaneously (kh 21/11/2022)

NA defuses homemade bomb in Dhankuta (kh 21/11/2022)

Sunday’s elections a test for old players, newcomers alike : Except for the 1999 elections, independent candidates have always won seats in Nepal’s parliament, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 21/11/2022)

Nepal votes 2022: Frustrated with mainstream parties, many voters stay away from polling booths : Observers say a variety of other reasons have contributed to the low turnout of voters at federal parliament and provincial assemblies elections (nlt 20/11/2022), Nepal Elections: Voter turnout of 61 percent; counting to start tonight : The voter turnout in the last elections in 2017 was around 70 percent. It was 60 percent and 78 percent in 2008 and 2013 Constituent Assembly elections (nlt 20/11/2022), Around 61 percent cast votes in largely peaceful polls : Disputes and incidents of violence were reported in some places, with one death and several injuries. Repolling required in 15 centres across provinces, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/11/2022) ["Peaceful" looks different!], Polling marred by incidents of violence in some districts : Police fire warning shots at some stations to disperse crowds. One person died from bullet wounds while 3, including a policeman, got injured in Bajura, by Arjun Shah (kp 21/11/2022), Frustration with old guard cited as main reason for relatively low turnout : Without independent candidates and new parties, the voter turnout would have been lower still, observers say, by Nishan Khatiwada and Anup Ojha (kp 21/11/2022)

Unequal votes: The undemocratic election system of Nepal : Having population as the criterion for electoral constituency delineation will not do any justice to the actual constituents. The number of voters should be the main basis for constituency delineation, by Sindhuj Thapa (nlt 20/11/2022)

Rampant use of minors in election campaigning reported : Authorised monitoring teams have reported as many as 165 incidents of use of minors in poll-related activities, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/11/2022)

Thousands of eligible citizens outside constituencies denied voting rights : The election commission should have come up with an arrangement to allow eligible voters based anywhere within the country to vote, experts say (kp 20/11/2022)

Foreign election observers make election supervision (rep 20/11/2022), 46 organizations, including two foreign ones, observe Sunday’s election (kh 20/11/2022)

Elderly voters return after security personnel tell them not to take keys to polling station (rep 20/11/2022) [?????]

Controversy in Dhanusha and Saptari after provincial assemblies’ ballot papers given instead of HoR ballot paper (rep 20/11/2022)

EC directs not to postpone voting over minor disputes (rep 20/11/2022)

What sets this election apart : The country goes to polls amid rising frustration, decline of ideology and advent of some promising new forces, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 20/11/2022)

Winds of change as country is geared to vote (kp 20/11/2022)

Day of voters’ freedom : Voters know that lust for power and position dominates the atmosphere of democratic politics, by Abhi Subedi (kp 20/11/2022)

Rise of Rastriya Swatantra Party due to frustration with major parties Which parties will suffer due to rise of Swatantra Party? How will ruling coalition and UML fare?, by Ameet Dhakal (Setopati 20/11/2022)

A story of working class couple for whom elections meant literally nothing : "We have to work for a square meal a day. If we don't work, we'll have nothing to eat. We get sound sleep only when we have a decent meal" (nlt 20/11/2022)

Polls Landmark For Federal Republic, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 20/11/2022)

How is Nepal voting? Know about Nepal’s federal and provincial assembly elections (nlt 20/11/2022)

Voting taking place enthusiastically in peaceful environment: Observers (kh 20/11/2022) (related to Kathmandu)

Election: Scheduled time for casting votes concludes (kh 20/11/2022), Voting time for general election is over (rep 20/11/2022), Voting put off in 15 polling stations across the country: Election Commission (rep 20/11/2022)

Police fire in air as Biplav faction tries to disrupt election in Chitwan (kh 20/11/2022), Election obstruction attempt foiled in Chitwan, by Saligram Nepal (rn 20/11/2022), Voting affected as explosion takes place at Khairapur polling station in Bardiya (kh 20/11/2022), Bomb explodes in Khairapur polling station in Bardiaya (kh 20/11/2022), Firing in five districts, hoax bombs in 27 places, voting postponed in 11 centers (kh 20/11/2022), Violent activities during elections; police fire warning shots in five districts : Police fire warning shots to quash clashes in Siraha, Bajura, Chitwan, Dolkha and Rautahat district (nlt 20/11/2022), Voting underway despite bomb explosion outside Shirise polling station in Ilam (rep 20/11/2022), NA team disposes bomb found in Gorkha polling station, by Narhari Sapkota (rep 20/11/2022), Voting continues despite explosion at Sharada Secondary School Polling Station in Kailali, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 20/11/2022), Police open blank fire in Doti, voting resumes, by Keshav Chandra Mahara (rn 20/11/2022), People injured in clash at Humla polling station (kh 20/11/2022), Firing in Tamakoshi polling station in Dolakha, one policeman injured (kh 20/11/2022), Ballot box catches fire in Bajura (kh 2011/2022), Ballot boxes set on fire in Bajura  (rep 20/11/2022), Ballot box torched in Nawalparasi, by Basanta Dhungana (rep), Voting suspended in 15 centres (kh 20/11/2022), Police opens 53 rounds of blank fire in five districts (kh 20/11/2022), Police fire 38 rounds of aerial shots in 8 districts, voting postponed at 63 places (rep 20/11/2022), One dies in election clash between two sides (rep 20/11/2022), One killed in Bajura as police opens fire (rep 20/11/2022), One dead as police open fire during clash at polling station in Bajura : Three injured have been medevaced to Kathmandu for treatment, by Arjun Shah (kp 20/11/2022), Army conducts air patrols in sensitive areas of Rolpa and Rukum (rep 20/11/2022), Voting suspended in Surkhet due to dispute (rep 20/11/2022), Three arrested for allegedly disrupting voting process in Rukum (West), Voting affected in 44 election centres across 25 districts, by Mahesh KC (kp 20/11/2022), Police officer injured while firing warning shot : Security personnel on duty were compelled to open fire to contain the situation, said police, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 20/11/2022)

Inmates of the Central Jail cast votes (kh 20/11/2022), Central jail inmates cast vote (kh 20/11/2022), 20 inmates in Kalikot jail cast their votes (rep 20/11/2022), 348 prisoners cast votes  in Karnali (rep 20/11/2022)

Voting underway in peaceful manner at all polling stations in Banke (rep 20/11/2022)

General Election 2022: Voting underway in Nepal (kh 20/11/2022), 32 percent voting across the country until 12.45pm (kh 20/11/2022), 52 percent votes cast in Lalitpur district till 3:00 pm (kh 20/11/2022), More than 50 percent votes cast in Mustang and Manang, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 20/11/2022), 70.67 percent votes casts in Manang (rep 20/11/2022), 64 percent votes cast  in Rasuwa by 3:30PM (rep 20/11/2022), 45 percent votes cast in Ilam as of 3:30PM (rep 20/11/2022),  60 percent of votes cast in Dang (rep 20/11/2022), 55 percent votes cast in 10 constituencies of Kathmandu (kh 20/11/2022), Preliminary report puts 60 percent voter turnout in today’s HoR and PA elections (kh 20/11/2022)

A look back at Nepal’s democratic elections, since 1959 : Nepal has conducted seven elections to parliament, including two to the Constituent Assembly. Today’s is the eighth, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 20/11/2022)

Lack of citizenship robs youths of voting rights : The state has discriminated against the children of those who acquired citizenship by birth, say civil society leaders, by Bhusan Yadav and Laxmi Sah (kp 19/11/2022) [The highest responsibility lies with Ms Bhandari. Whatever the president says, she had to sign the amendment recently, according to the constitution. Was it obeisance to KP Oli because he feared dissenting votes from the youth in the Tarai for his conduct in the 2015/16 Tarai movement?]

Rise of young, independent candidates a worrying sign for ageing political leaders, by Santosh Sharma Poudel (rep 19/11/2022)

Four polling booths in Manang have less than 100 voters (rep 19/11/2022)

Commitment on road safety in the parties’ manifestos: Will they be implemented? This is likely the first time in Nepal's history that clear electoral promises have been made regarding both public transport and road safety, by Prakriti Aryal (nlt 19/11/2022)

Government geared to address security threats during election : Home Secretary Binod Prakash Singh said district administration offices have seized 2,025 small arms to minimise the security threat, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/11/2022)

The right and responsibility to vote : Every vote matters and those who are eligible to vote, experts advise, should not squander the opportunity, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 19/11/2022)

EC cracks whip against poll code violators : Cancels seven development projects that urban development ministry okayed on Thursday (ht 19/11/2022)

International poll observers arrive in Nepal : Observation mainly involves field monitoring of election by one or more independent parties (ht 19/11/2022)

30 media outlets violate code of conduct: PCN (kh 19/11/2022)

Security beefed up in PM Deuba’s home district Dadeldhura (kh 19/11/2022)

Police nab ‘anti-election’ demonstrators in Kathmandu (kh 19/11/2022)

Suspicious object found at three places in Chitwan (rep 19/11/2022)

Suspicious objects being planted to spread panic (kh 19/11/2022)

Myagdi sees beatings, burning of motorbikes and vandalism during the silent period (rep 19/11/2022)

UML candidate Niraula under police custody on charges of distributing money to influence votes (rep 19/11/2022)

Election silence has largely been honoured, observers say : Interpretations vary of the political parties and their candidates paying for bus rides to voters’ home districts across the country (kp 19/11/2022)

100,000 leave Valley on Friday for vote : Major boarding points such as Koteshwar, Jadibuti, Lokanthali, Kalanki and Balku remained packed with people catching buses to destinations outside the Valley (kp 19/11/2022), People leave Kathmandu Valley in droves to cast vote, most voters want to elect youth candidates (rep 19/11/2022)

Three prisons in Kathmandu Valley prepare for conducting voting (rn 19/11/2022)

Nov 20: Govt mobilizes 34,838 armed police personnel (kh 19/11/2022)

NHRC urges all parties to play a constructive role in conducting elections in a free and fair environment (rep 19/11/2022)

Caste Vote : Even more than in previous elections political parties are falling back on caste vote banks because of the absence of party ideology, by Chandra Kishore (nt 18/11/2022)

Depending on independents : Urban voters are disenchanted with traditional politics, but established parties still hold sway in districts, by Shristi Karki (nt 18/11/2022)

Dejected voters reject polls : Fed up with empty assurances and wild promises, villagers decide to collectively boycott Sunday's elections, by Anita Bhetwal (nt 18/11/2022)

Voters cynical about electoral alliances : Party ties for the 20 November polls confuse and divide citizens across the Inner Tarai and Madhes Province, by Namrata Sharma (nt 18/11/2022)

“No Not Again”: What Nepalis need to be aware of?, by Diwakar Dhakal (rep 18/11/2022)

Upcoming election: A test of Nepali voters, by Nir Bahadur Karki (ht 18/11/2022)

Everything you need to know about the controversial Constituency Development Fund (nlt 18/18/2022) [A fund exclusively for directly elected MPs who were previously nominated in an extremely socially non-inclusive way by the high-caste leadership of the parties!]

Govt decides to increase surveillance on Biplav-led NCP : Nepal Army's bomb disposal team at 900 locations (kh 18/11/2022)

Vote wisely : Those voting in the upcoming elections will have a big responsibility on their shoulders (kp 18/11/2022)

Nepal votes 2022: The country observes ‘Silence Period’, EC urges all not to violate laws : “Violation of the Silence Period that has been enforced since midnight in view of the elections to the Member of the House of Representatives and Province Assembly is punishable by laws” (nlt 18/11/2022)

All preparations for Nov 20 election complete: EC (kh 18/11/2022), Election materials, security personnel arrive at all voting stations (kh 18/11/2022), Election materials, officials sent in helicopters to Upper Dolpa (kh 18/11/2022)

EC seeks clarifications from Rural Municipality Chief, administrative officer (kh 18/11/2022)

Major trading post in Birgunj closed for 72 hours (kh 18/11/2022)

Election Commission fines Manange Rs 25,000 (kh 19/11/2022)

Contest Of Old And New Faces, by Tirtha Bhattarai (rn 18/11/2022)

5,779 security personnel mobilized in Kathmandu for election (rn 18/11/2022)

Everything you need to know before Nov 20 polls, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 17/11/2022)

Increasing invalid votes cause for concern, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 17/11/2022)

Women struggle to find a solid footing in the parliament, by Anushka Nepal (ae 17/11/2022)

How will people with disabilities vote? The Election Commission seems to have a ‘something is better than nothing’ approach to inclusiveness. It’s preparations are too little, too late, by Cilla Khatry (ae 17/11/2022)

Conflict victims find no hope in election : There is a widespread resentment and anger among conflict victims and survivors against the political parties, by Yadab Acharya (ae 17/11/2022)

Voter frustration with major parties growing : Some observers equate the current state of public dissatisfaction to that which existed before the April 2006 movement, by Tika R Pradhan and Purushottam Poudel (kp 17/11/2022)

Two injured in IED explosion in Banke (rep), Treatment of Chand-led party cadres injured in bomb blast under police supervision (rep 17/11/2022), Nepal Army defuses suspicious object found in Lalitpur (rep 18/11/2022)

EC plans to make public FPTP results within three days (rn 17/11/2022), Parliament Elections 2022: Election Commission Nepal plans to make public FPTP results within three days : Nepal's election management body was criticized for not expediting the vote counting process during the local polls held on earlier this year (nlt 17/11/2022), Poll body aims to complete counting FPTP votes in 3 days : Silence period began from Thursday midnight, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/11/2022)

Women leaders contesting polls against men ‘heavyweights’ in Dang (kh 17/11/2022)

Nov 20 election: Silence period to begin tonight (kh 17/11/2022)

Bagmati Province has three million 471,792 eligible voters (kh 17/11/2022)

Unidentified vandals try to set fire to an election candidate's car in Madi (17/11/2022)

Indian national held with large quantity of sample ballot papers (rep 17/11/2022)

Complaints against Hamro Nepali Party candidates for trying to cash in on Balen Shah’s ‘image’ : Dinesh Thapaliya, the chief election commissioner, says his office is studying the complaints, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/11/2022)

Minister Chaudhary faces tough challenge in Dang-1 : Metmani Chaudhary was elected from the constituency in the previous House elections as a CPN-UML candidate, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/11/2022)

Five battleground constituencies in Madhesh Province : In the local elections held earlier this year, Nepali Congress emerged as the largest party in the province, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 17/11/2022)

Election 2022: Some old lies, some new. Alliances have nothing to do with long-held party policies, good governance, economic delivery, foreign policy or national interests, by Balmukunda Regmi (kp 16/11/2022)

‘Mero Pratinidhi’ released to deliver election information to public (rep 16/11/2022) [see corresponding website]

15,000 fake ballot papers seized in Parsa (kh 16/11/2022)

Umesh Shrestha’s vehicle vandalized in Bharatpur (rep 16/11/2022)

Bomb blasts near Prachanda’s election event venue in Bhojpur (kh 16/11/2022)

46 organizations, including two foreign ones, to observe November 20 election (kh 16/11/2022), 46 organizations including two int’l ones being deployed for election observation (rep 16/11/2022)

84 media outlets found violating code of conduct (kh 16/11/2022)

Non-essential vehicles will be off road in the Valley on Nov 20 (rep 16/11/2022), Public transport to remain off road on November 20 (kh 17/11/2022)

Election not a priority for migrant workers from Jumla : A majority of young men from Sinja are currently working in various Indian cities and are not coming home for next week’s elections, by DB Budha (kp 16/11/2022) [Both the Oli and Deuba governments deliberately failed to provide postal voting to migrant workers as mandated by the SC years ago!],
Leave no one out : Unless Nepalis abroad renounce their citizenship, they should get to take part in the democratic exercise (kp 16/11/2022)

Rabi Lamichhane alleges “elements” of trying to defame and demoralize him (kh 16/11/2022), Complaint demands annulment of Rabi Lamichhane’s candidacy : The complaint filed at the district election office in Chitwan states that Lamichhane did not relinquish his Nepali citizenship even after taking the citizenship certificate of another country (kp 16/11/2022), Issue over Lamichhane’s citizenship gets complex : Election Commission unlikely to decide on the matter before the voting day, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/11/2022), EC seeks explanation from Ravi Lamichhane over citizenship controversy (rep 17/11/2022), Police investigating Rabi Lamichhane's citizenship and passport (rep 02/12/2022)

Govt says preparations for election-focused security arrangements complete (rep 16/11/2022)

Vote will not be counted if the confidentiality of the ballot is breached: CEC Thapaliya (rep 16/11/2022)

Over 71 per cent polling stations deemed sensitive (rn 16/11/2022)

Complaint demanding cancellation of candidature of Gandaki Province Finance Minister Baral filed at EC (rep 16/11/2022)

Deprived and repeatedly duped, Musahars are losing faith in state : The residents of Musahari tole in Dhanusha say party leaders come seeking their votes before every election, but forget about them as soon as they get elected, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 15/11/2022)

Growing acts of violence add to security challenges for next week’s elections : Incidents of clashes, vandalism and personal attacks have rapidly increased, threatening free and fair polls, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/11/2022)

Seven persons arrested for campaigning against elections (kh 15/11/2022) [????]

No use of mobile phones, camera at polling stations: EC (rn 15/11/2022)

Lahareni in Myagdi untouched by election fever (kh 15/11/2022)

Security arrangement in place for election (kh 15/11/2022)

Ruling alliance faces a tall order for vote transfer in Rolpa : For the federal polls, Barsha Man Pun, the deputy general secretary of the Maoist Centre, is up against Purna Bahadur Budha, his former comrade-in-arms, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 15/11/2022)

Govt allocates Rs 20.04 billion for Nov 20 Elections (rep 15/11/2022)

Holiday from Nov 18 to 21 in schools being used as polling stations (rep 15/11/2022)

Don’t remove LGBTIQ+ persons from the PR closed list: SC (kh 14/11/2022), Court orders Election Commission not to remove names of LGBTIQ+ from the PR list (nlt 15/11/2022)

No takers as coalition promises political stability : Maoist Centre chair Dahal, a key coalition partner, publicly boasts of having played a key role in forming and toppling governments, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 14/11/2022)

EC provisions to ensure smooth vote counting (ht 14/11/2022)

General election : Hope of transformation, by Ashok Kumar Khand (ht 14/11/2022)

SC retains Dr. Toshima Karki’s candidacy in Lalitpur-3 (kh 14/11/2022)

Coarsening political debate : People expressed their anger in the local elections last May by voting for independent candidates (kp 14/11/2022)

Party Manifestos : Tourism In Priority, by Ballav Dahal (rn 14/11/2022)

District Election Office recommends bringing remote ballot boxes by helicopter (rep 14/11/2022) [related to Taplejung]

Nov 20: Four days left for election campaigning (kh 14/11/2022)

EC issues directives to curb activities harming election environment (kh 14/11/2022)

‘No local people in political leadership is misfortune for Kathmandu rim country’ (kh 14/11/2022)

Kanchanpur-3 is battleground of close aides of Deuba, Oli : UML candidate Niru Devi Pal and her rival from the Congress, Ramesh Lekhak, are expected to have a neck-to-neck competition, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 14/11/2022)

Election materials being supplied to remote Bhotkhola (kh 14/11/2022)

UML leader Kafle attacked in Gorkha (kh 14/11/2022), Campaign team of UML candidate Abdus Miya attacked in Gorkha (rep 14/11/2022)

Women officials leading eight poling centers in Myagdi (kh 14/11/2022)

Women’s share in House likely to shrink : With few women FPTP candidates, more of them may need to be elected to the upper house to meet the requirement, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/11/2022) [The continued and even increased non-inclusive policies of high-caste male politicians must be criminalised and punished as a matter of urgency!]

Election agenda of independent candidates: Corruption control, development and change, by Narayan Adhikari (rn 13/11/2022)

Words, words, mere words : Election manifestos of the major political parties make promises impossible to keep, targets impossible to meet and the goals impossible to achieve (nlt 13/11/2022), Political parties repeat ‘inflated promises’ in their election manifestos to lure voters (rep 13/11/2022), Election Manifestos and Reformation of Government and Electoral System, by Rajendra Bahadur Singh (rep 13/11/2022)

Ravi Lamichhane’s election campaign vehicle vandalized in Chitwan (kh 13/11/2022)

Provincial polls overshadowed by federal elections, by Aashish Mishra (rn 13/11/2022)

Unnatural electoral tie-ups : The ultimate price is paid by the confused voter, who cannot put two and two together, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 13/11/2022)

Voters with disabilities want to exercise right to vote on their own (rn 13/11/2022)

No permits required for essential service vehicles on voting day (kh 13/11/2022) [But it is strictly forbidden to transport voters with health or age conditions to the voting centres?]

EC directs two municipalities to conduct voters’ education program (kh 13/11/2022)

Fighting disinformation together : Election preparations enter a crucial stage, when bad actors may resort to disinformation and misinformation, by Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya (kp 13/11/2022) [Self-justification by the Chief Election Commissioner, but not a word about the serious fake news and fairy tales of the political parties!], Dealing With Disinformation, by Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya (rn 16/11/2022)

Youths have hope on new candidates, want to see change : Most first time voters want to see new faces in parliament who can address the problems of the youths, by Sharana Sherpa (nlt 12/11/2022)

Fair Polls Enhance Freedom Of Choice, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 12/11/2022)

New voters awaiting election day eagerly (kh 12/11/2022)

Integrated election cell comes into operation in all three levels: NA (kh 12/11/2022)

Elections and People with Disabilities : The access of people with disabilities to vote in elections is an extremely critical human right issue!, by Pralhad Gairapipli (rep 12/11/2022)

Call to ensure voting rights of people with psychosocial disabilities (kh 12/11/2022)

Geographical challenges in Gandaki in Nov 20 election (kh 12/11/2022), No time for elections in upper Mustang : With most villages empty as the local population has migrated to warmer climes, authorities should have rethought poll timing, villagers say, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 12/11/2022)

Internal poll projections offer hints of top three, dark horses : Up to 20 of its leaders caught up in close fights, projection by the ruling parties gives Nepali Congress 60 FPTP seats, by Anil Giri (kp 12/11/2022)

Parties’ pledge of voting rights for Nepalis abroad remains an unfulfilled promise : Political parties feel Nepalis living abroad hold a sway over their relatives here and can help influence elections by being a swing factor, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/11/2022) [Just like almost all the big-mouthed promises of the failed top politicians!]

710 polling stations in Sudhurpaschim categorized as most sensitive (kh 12/11/2022)

Uniform gives confidence, say women temporary police : 84,296 men and 30,642 women have taken up jobs as temporary police across the country, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 12/11/2022)

Ballot papers sent to all constituencies: Poll panel : 80.04 million ballot papers printed for HoR, PA polls (ht 12/11/2022)

Battle of ballots : There is more enthusiasm among candidates than voters for polls on 20 November, by Shristi Karki (nt 11/11/2022)

Media should ensure credibility in election news: CEC Thapaliya (kh 11/11/2022) [Above all, politicians and parties should convey credibility, but they do exactly the opposite! Is thews really covered by the code of conduct?]

Parties can disseminate election publicity materials on online media: EC (kh 11/11/2022)

EOC says preparation for election observation over (kh 11/11/2022)

Heed People’s Basic Needs, by Yug Bahadur (rn 11/11/2022)

Over 17,000 security personnel deployed for polls in Sudurpaschim Province (rn 11/11/2022)

Nov 20 polls in numbers, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 15/11/2022)

Elections will make politics more unstable, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 15/11/2022)

Parties see fault in constitution, by Surendra Kafle (ae 10/11/2022)

EC must prove its impartiality (ae 10/11/2022)

Dissecting media’s role in elections : The democratic state apparatus should not show an authoritarian character to suppress an independent and inclusive voice, by Laxman Datt Pant (ae 10/11/2022)

Independent candidates on provincial assembly elections, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 10/11/2022)

Unnatural coalition leads to political instability, interview with Satis Devkota (ae 10/11/2022)

How the big three powers view Nepal election, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 10/11/2022)

Apex Court issues interim order supporting ‘No Not Again’ campaign : In the second hearing of the case, a joint bench of Justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Susma Lata Mathema issued an interlocutory interim order against the poll body’s decision (nlt 10/11/2022), SC asks EC not to take action on ‘No, Not Again Campaign’ (kh 10/11/2022), SC gives continuity to interim order not to take action against  'No, Not Again' campaign (rep 11/11/2022)

Pre-electoral coalition in Nepal: Comedy of errors revisited, by Pushpa R Joshi (ht 10/11/2022)

Parties’ manifestos offer little to Dalits, Janajatis : Rights activists have demanded a ‘Dalit decade’ to end deep-rooted caste-based discrimination through policies and programmes, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 09/11/2022)

Political parties in Kaski breach Election Code of Conduct (kh 09/11/2022)

November 20 elections: Will they emulate the local polls?, by Mahendra P Joshi (ht 09/11/2022)

Former Health Minister Khatiwada attacked (rep 09/11/2022)

Security beefed up for elections (nlt 09/11/2022)

Political parties in Kaski found violating election code of conduct (rep 09/11/2022)

Candidates of all stripes promise water supply as always, but never deliver : The people of Surkhet in mid-western Nepal continue to live a hard life for lack of clean drinking water, Harihar Singh Rathore & Jyotee Katuwal (kp 09/11/2022) [What else can be expected? After all, the same old losers are standing for election!]

Voters in Parsa unenthused about provincial candidates : While federal-level candidates are familiar faces, those contesting provincial seats are mostly unknown, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 09/11/2022)

KP Oli boosts UML’s digital campaigning : Other party leaders admit to being behind the UML in the digital-campaign race, by Anil Giri (kp 09/11/2022)

Poll authority appears afraid to take action for code violations : Despite rampant code violations including unlawful use of vehicles, commission’s response is little (kp 09/11/2022)

In Chitwan-2, voters preferring Rabi Lamichhane over established parties : Nepal Live Today’s one-day observation in Chitwan-2 shows that most voters are increasingly in favor of Rabi Lamichhane, by DB Khadka and Narayan Adhikari (nlt 08/11/2022)

Election Commission requests : Supreme Court to vacate interim order on Dr Toshima Karki’s candidacy Karki is a candidate for federal parliamentary seat from Lalitpur-3 (kp 08/11/2022) [Many of the failed politicians who are now running again have much more important "offices of benefit", e.g. the prime minister and his council of ministers. Will they also be disqualified?], EC orders Toshima Karki not to campaign with her symbol ‘bell’ (kh 09/11/2022) [The "impartial" EC ensures "free, fair and democratic" elections! The "impartial" EC ensures "free, fair and democratic" elections! This is pure bullying and one can only hope that this candidate will be elected!]

Independent candidates galore in Nov 20 race (kh 08/11/2022)

Unified Socialist leader Khatiwada manhandled in Makawanpur election gathering (kp 08/11/2022)

Mayor Shah's reply to EC: I have no party affiliation with 'Hamro Nepali Party' (rep 08/11/2022)

How effective is door-to-door campaign? Some candidates say it gives them a chance to convince voters, most others do it as a ritual, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 08/11/2022)

Free medicine to self-reliant economy in fringe parties’ manifestos (kh 08/11/2022)

EC seeks clarification from candidate Rayi (kh 08/11/2022)

IGP Singh directs subordinates to face security challenges in election (kh 08/11/2022)

Supreme Court issues interim order in favour of ‘No Not Again’ campaign : Election Commission has threatened action against campaign members involved in posting photos of prominent politicians on social media (kp 07/11/2022) [The SC's decision means a victory of freedom of expression over the anti-democratic EC and and the failed politicians it protects!],
Former Election Commissioners request the EC to act with restraint (rep 07/11/2022), Citizens demand greater fairness and accountability from Election Commission : Amid allegations that the poll body has not been able to enforce code of conduct equally on all candidates, citizenry have urged the Election Commission to increase its vigil as the poll date is drawing close (nlt 07/11/2022)

As many as 10,000 observers are to be mobilized for poll observation: Chief Election Commissioner (nlt 07/11/2022)

Achham prisoners eager to cast ballot but only a few are registered voters : There are a total of 82 inmates in the Mangalsen-based district prison, but only seven are in the voter roll, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 07/11/2022)

Big parties may win fewer proportional seats this election : The number of parties crossing the three percent vote threshold is expected to rise in November 20 elections, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/11/2022)

Fringe forces’ boycott puts focus back on election security : Chand’s party says it will actively boycott the upcoming elections and retaliate if the government uses force, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/11/2022)

Will Majdoor Kisan Party hold bastion? Party’s narrow focus is eroding its voter base. Yet, it is expected to win Bhaktapur-1 seat, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 06/11/2022)

Nov 20 elections: Ballot papers arrive in Trishuli (kh 06/11/2022)

Preparations for the election in full swing (kh 06/11/2022), Nov 20 elections: Parties intensify campaigning (kh 06/11/2022)

Home Ministry identifies 23 groups that may seek to disrupt upcoming elections, by Binod Subedi (rep 05/11/2022)

EC fines KMC, Ward 16 chair (rep 06/11/2022)

Rapti folks to vote for those vowing to solve inundation and soil erosion problems (kh 05/11/2022) [Promises abound in elections, but ....]

Voter education program launched in Baitadi (kh 05/11/2022)

EC issues Election Security (Management) Directive (ht 05/11/2022)

Mock voting held at all local levels in Jajarkot (kh 05/11/2022)

Many Nepalis say no, not again : Voters urge each other to replace elderly established politicians with competent new leadership, by Shristi Karki (nt 04/11/2022)

Manifestos of political parties : They only show the dream of trains, but don't build them, by Himal Lamsal (rep 04/11/2022), Parties Must Deliver On Promises, by Yug Bahadur (rn 04/11/2022)

Majhi settlement where candidates reach merely for votes (kh 04/11/2022)

EC issues seven-point directive to government (kh 04/11/2022)

Mock voting for poll awareness begins (kh 04/11/2022)

Thapa-Bhattarai rematch for Kathmandu-4  (ht 04/11/2022)

EC completes printing of ballot papers (kh 04/11/202)

Nepal’s election culture and its ills, by Ram Dayal Rakesh (ae 03/11/2022)

The tricky post-election power-sharing deal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 03/11/2022)

The tricky post-election power-sharing deal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 03/11/2022)

Contest of the young turks, by Pranab Kharel (ae 03/11/2022)

How strong is the anti-incumbency wave?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 03/11/2022)

Who would be prime minister if alliance wins polls? The CPN-UML central committee has picked KP Sharma Oli as the party’s prime minister candidate. But the four-party alliance has not figured out one, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 03/11/2022)

Our election, their election : Sunak was chosen not for his longevity in politics, but because he was considered the best, by Deepak Thapa (kp 03/11/2022)

Ballot papers airlifted to Manang and Mustang (kh 03/11/2022)

Three Communist parties to boycott elections (kh 03/11/2022) [Most likely, these parties would not win a seat anyway!]

100 voting centres to be disabled-friendly (kh 03/11/2022) [Out of 22,226 voting centres!!!]

EC allows parties, election candidates to hold rallies, mass meetings from today (kh 03/11/2022), Election campaigning begins today : Election Commission reminds parties to comply with poll code; 71 show cause notices issued (ht 03/11/2022)

Election campaigning heating up in Manang (kh 03/11/2022)

Candidates busy with door-to-door campaign while youths head to India in search of work (kh 03/11/2022)

Don’t be biased : Election Commission is letting the powerful off the hook while raining sticks on the weak (kp 02/11/2022) [There are numerous reasons to exclude the failed politicians from the elections due to various misconduct. Oli's repeated unconstitutional attempt to dissolve parliament in order to maintain his own power was only the most blatant case!]

Election manifestos promise the moon as political parties jockey for position : The declarations have become a mere ritual with little relevance, economists say, by Pawan Pandey (kp 02/11/2022) [The politicians should be punished by the voters for this bullshit. Should they nevertheless remain in power thanks to their manipulations, they must be held accountable for their deliberate lies!], Whole bunch of lies : The manifestos of big parties are more a reflection of their lust for power than of their commitment to the people and the country (kp 03/11/2022)

Nepali women packing a punch : Nepal occupies a respectable 16th position among the 133 countries regarding the proportion of elected seats held by women, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 02/11/2022) [This comparison is misleading! The high percentage of women is based on legal regulations. Responsibility is still withheld from women today. Moreover, the legal regulations are increasingly undermined by the leading male politicians!]

People holding public position must obtain permission of the EC to conduct election campaign (rep 02/11/2022)

EC directs PM’s office to postpone PM Deuba’s Dadeldhura trip (kh 02/11/2022) [An excellent example of the high-handedness and irresponsibility of Nepali politicians! Of course, even a prime minister has to finance his election campaign himself or through his party.], Use of government vehicles by federal and provincial ministers barred in election campaign (kh 02/11/2022)

Electoral alliances add to the voters’ confusion : Voters supporting alliance candidates will need to cast ballots on different symbols for candidates and the political parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/11/2022) [The electoral alliances are anti-democratic and only serve to keep the failed politicians in power!]

359 people vying for 15 constituencies in valley : Of them, 159 are independents. Less than 15 per cent women candidates in the electoral fray (ht 02/11/2022)

EC seeks clarifications from Bhattarai, Magar (kh 02/11/2022)

Candidates canvassing voters in Rupandehi (kh 02/11/2022)

EC to conduct voters’ education at ward levels (kh 02/11/2022)

Supreme Court orders Election Commission not to scrap Dr Toshima Karki’s candidacy (nlt 01/11/2022)

Nepalis abroad are well-informed, angry and frustrated with politics back home : Rarely do the political actors in Nepal talk about the welfare of Nepalis living and working in foreign countries. Rarely does the subject of migrant workers become the election agenda, by Mahabir Paudyal (nlt 01/11/2022)

District Election Office intensifies voter education program (kh 01/11/2022) [related to Tanahun]

Over 3,000 employees being mobilized for election in Kavre (kh 01/11/2022)

878 employees to be mobilized in Jumla for election (kh 01/11/2022)

Printing of FPTP ballot papers remains for seven districts only (kh 01/11/2022)

How the already-marginalized Dalit community is marginalized in Nepali politics : The representation of the Dalit Community, which accounts for almost 15 percent of the country’s population, in the parliament is expected to fall as only a few Dalit candidates got tickets from major political parties for the upcoming polls, by Laxman Darnal (nlt 31/10/2022)

Voting for the independents : Their election victory will send a message to the political lifers and their servile cadres, by Naresh Koirala (kp 31/10/2022)

Parties Set To Advance Canvassing, by Ballav Dahal (rn 31/10/2022)

Toshima Karki’s ouster from race raises questions over poll authority’s intent : Law experts challenge Election Commission’s expansive interpretation of the term ‘office of benefit’, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 31/10/2022)

Dearth of creativity: The voter awareness message of the Election Commission is ditto copy of an Indian video : When the Election Commission was asked for comment, the officials said it is unfair to raise questions on every single matter of the Commission (nlt 31/10/2022)

Candidates to be allowed to conduct election campaigns from Nov 3 to 17 (rep 31/10/2022)

EC completes printing 70 million ballot papers (kh 31/10/2022)

European Union to skip monitoring upcoming polls : As many as 10,000 observers from 43 domestic and four international organisations will watch the elections (kp 30/10/2022) [Possibly the reason is that this time the elections are already anything but fair and socially inclusive in the run-up! There are serious violations of the law on the part of the top politicians and their parties, but the Election Commission only wants to punish civil society for criticising this misconduct!]

Election Commission’s unconstitutional act : The attempt by the constitutional body to curb criticism of top leaders is against the spirit of freedom of speech, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (kp 30/10/2022)

EC scraps Dr Toshima's candidacy (rep 30/10/2022), Toshima to knock on SC doors against the rejection of her candidature by EC (rep 30/10/2022), Dr Karki doubts EC’s impartiality, intention : To move Supreme Court (kh 30/10/2022)

EC sends election materials to remote districts (kh 30/10/2022)

Outrage as poll authority cracks down on negative campaigning : Critics say Election Commission misunderstood citizens’ rights to free speech and vote, by Anup Ojha and Anush Gurung (kp 29/10/2022) [It is not the public that needs to be criticised for their clear and correct words, but the power-hungry politicians for their incessant false statements! The Election Commission is once again relying on false values and violating people's fundamental rights! The politicians can claim whatever they want and the people have to accept this without comment?], What drives people to vote in Nepal? Many people vote for party candidates in the hope of getting personal favours, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 29/10/2022) [Therefore, the politicians lie like hell, and whoever exposes these lies will be punished!]

Media should act “bridge” between EC and voters: Commissioner Tuladhar (kh 29/10/2022)

Nov 20 polls: Province 1 becoming more competitive (kh 29/10/2022)

Zero tolerance to disinformation, misinformation and hate speech in elections: EC (kh 29/10/2022)

Is Upendra Yadav in red zone?, by Kusum Bhattarai (kh 29/10/2022)

Election Commission issues ‘Gender and Inclusive Policy-2077 BS’ (kh 28/10/2022))

Election candidates busy campaigning in voters’ farmland (kh 27/10/2022)

Election Commission urges not to give offensive expression (kp 26/10/2022) [???]

EC disqualifies 550 candidates under PR category (kh 26/10/2022)

EC determines specific criteria for election canvassing in media (kh 26/10/2022)

Election Commission determines four types of ballot papers for HoR, PA elections (kh  25/10/2022)

Crude politics of elections : The election campaign has effectively turned into a mudslinging competition, by Achyut Wagle (kp 25/10/2022)

Election Commission mum as parties hold ‘informal’ rallies : Code of conduct says parties and candidates cannot begin electioneering until November 3, byTika R Pradhan (kp 25/10/2022)

What are new parties offering that traditional ones don’t? Many have laid emphasis on effective implementation of constitution and shoring up federalism, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 25/10/2022)

The declared ideals of 2006 and today’s political impasse, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 24/10/2022)

Hundreds of PR candidates snub Election Commission’s fines : Candidates ranked low on lists, who have no hope of being elected, wish to be delisted, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 24/10/2022) [This puts the whole PR system and the idea of social inclusion in question! What will happen to parties that cannot name enough PR candidates?]

Poll Literacy Boosts Voter Turnout, by Ballav Dahal (rn 24/10/2022)

Why ‘transfer’ votes? By voting a certain way people can make their dislike for unnatural coalitions known (kp 24/10/2022)

'Political, ideological discrepancy still persists' : PSP MANIFESTO Directly elected prez, primary election and right to recall' among other agendas, included (ht 24/10/2022)

Int'l election observers must respect Nepal's sovereignty (ht 24/10/2022)

EC completes printing 40 percent of ballot papers (kh 24/10/2022)

Women contenders in direct race have it tough in upcoming parliamentary elections : Major parties have been reluctant to field women candidates. Even the few in the fray have a battle in their hands, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 23/10/2022), Rebel candidates continue to be a headache for Nepali Congress : The party asks them to withdraw from the race. Congress members have also been inactive in constituencies where alliance partners have fielded candidates, by Anil Giri (kp 23/10/2022)

Fighting Fake News For Fair Polls, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 23/10/2022)

Election education song removed from social media after criticism (rep 23/10/2022)

Reliable mobile network, Internet top election issues in Gunras, Dailekh (rn 23/10/2022)

Different colour for ballot papers (ht 23/10/2022)

Pregnant, disabled, elderly to miss vote (ht 23/10/2022) [related to Bajura]

Tourist’ candidates seen buying or renting houses in constituencies they don’t originally belong : Although this is not seen as a breach of election code of conduct, such candidates’ motive is to manipulate voters, says former election commissioner Uprety, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 22/10/2022)

Ballot papers for PR transported in 60 districts so far (nlt 22/10/2022)

Gambling with our future : Let us hope that on 20 November Nepalis will have the good fortune of dealing from a brand new deck of cards (nt 21/10/2022), House of cards : Nepalis are preparing to vote next month in a sterile election devoid of ideology and principles, by Sonia Awale (nt 21/10/2022)

Supreme Court upholds Election Commission’s decision to scrap candidacy of Raju Gurung (nlt 21/10/2022)

Kathmandu voters remain an enigma : Historically, the n/ational capital’s voters have been known to give a chance to /new (and often unexpected) candidates, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/10/2022)

A month left to go for HoR and Provincial Assembly elections (kh 21/10/2022)

Previously companions, now competitors, by Balkrishna Adhikari (rep 21/10/2022)

What to expect from Nov 20 elections?, by Chandra Dev Bhatta (ae 20/10/2022)

F)ool Us Once, Fool Us Twice…, by Akhilesh Tripathi (rep 20/10/2022)

Contractors with deep pockets are wading into electoral politics : Among the parties, Nepali Congress has fielded most contractors for first-past-the-post seats of lower house, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/10/2022)

EC seeks clarification from Chairman Nepal (kh 20/10/2022), Election authority recommends action against Madhav Nepal : In his constituency, Nepal said people there would get jobs abroad free of charge (kp 21/10/2022, Take action against Nepal, EC tells police, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/10/2022)

Election Commission urges media to abstain from disinformation (kh 20/10/2022)

Whither political debate? Public debates help make prospective voters cast their ballots judiciously (kp 20/10/2022)

EC instructs political parties and candidates to implement code of conduct (nlt 19/10/2022)

300,000 security personnel to be mobilized during Nov 20 elections (kh 19/10/2022)

Are MPs lawmakers or development workers? Politicians say they are forced to make promises related to development works to appeal to the masses during polls, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/10/2022)

Expectations from the Election Commission Nepal : It is up to the commission to be the responsive, fair, judicious, and autonomous body it is, by Ila Sharma (kp 18/10/2022)

Election Commission and NHRC hold discussion to make election fair and credible (rep 18/10/2022)

Candidature to be canceled if mass rallies is carried out before November 3: EC (rep 18/10/2022)

Intensifying election activities put spotlight on expenditure (rn 18/10/2022)

EC seeks clarification for using t-shirt with poll candidate image in election campaign (rep 18/10/2022) [??]

Leader Jhankri feels relieved at NC rebel’s candidacy withdrawal (kh 18/10/2022)

Kinship to be decisive in Sudurpaschim elections : Political parties have picked candidates who appeal to voters from their ancestral districts, by Tufan Neupane (kp 18/10/2022)

Alliance mum on name of its PM candidate (ht 18/10/2022)

EC allows voters to cast votes showing ID cards issued by government bodies (kh 17/10/2022)

Poll preparations : The EC must not hesitate in taking action against those who breach the election code (ht 17/10/2022)

Govt urged to contain possible incidences of women violence during elections (kh 17/10/2022)

The race for national party status : Results of the local elections put CPN (Unified Socialist) and Loktantrik Samajbadi Party, with 3.66 percent and 2.12 percent popular votes respectively, on the brink, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 17/10/2022)

Ballot papers towards proportional election transported to three provinces (rn 17/10/2022)

EC fixes number of 10, 892 polling stations and 22,227 voting centers (rn 17/10/2022)

The electoral ‘money game’ started right from candidate-selection day, interview with Pradip Pokharel (kp 17/10/2022)

EC to scrap PR candidacy of those candidates who vied in local polls but did not submit expense details (kh 17/1/2022)

We don’t expect much from Binod Chaudhary: Locals of Nawalparasi West (rep 17/10/2022)

SC hearing on Raju Gurung’s candidacy related writ today (kh 16/10/2022), SC order stays EC decision to scrap alliance candidate Gurung’s candidacy in Rupandehi 2 (kh 17/10/2022)

EC to take a month to print all ballot papers (ht 16/10/2022), 4,421,000 ballot papers printed (rn 16/10/2022)

For workers, foreign jobs more crucial than voting : Young Nepalis are leaving the country for foreign employment in record numbers, statistics show, by Pawan Pandey (kp 16/10/2022) [In any case, none of the top politicians will work to create jobs in the country!]

Senior lives matter : This time, let us vote for what we want rather than what everybody else expects us to want, by Poonam Thapa (kp 16/10/2022)

Vote transfer among alliance partners is a tricky business : Realising the challenges of supporters switching votes, ruling alliance decides to organise joint poll campaigns, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 16/10/2022) [This is not a democratic election, but a rigged farce with the sole aim of keeping the failed and outdated party leaders in power!]

Khas Arya candidates outnumber in inclusive category (kh 16/10/2022) [42% of the candidates from the Khas Arya group, which accounts for 30% of the total population! This is what the ruling elite calls "inclusive" under the PR system!]

Nearly half of ethnic groups unrepresented in Parliament in 15 years of PR exercise : The proportional representation system seems to benefit only the communities that are affluent and better linked, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 15/10/2022)

EC instructs security agencies to bar ministers from campaigning without its prior permission (rep 15/10/2022)

EC asked to arrange for disabled-friendly voting centers (kh 15/10/2022)

EC to write to Press Council for regular monitoring of media during election (kh 15/10/2022), Press Council urges media to stay away from disinformation on candidates (kh 15/10/2022), Election Commission joins hands with social media giants to rein in misinformation : Officials working with Facebook, Twitter and TikTok on fake news, monitoring ad spending, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/102022)

3-party dictatorship : Nepal’s break-up and make-up electoral politics undermines democracy (nt 14/10/2022)

Advocates of independent politics fall into party line : Campaigners aiming for a new way of doing politics organise for proportional electoral seats, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/10/2022), Opportunity For New Faces, by Yug Bahadur (rn 14/10/2022)

Constituencies to keep an eye on in November elections : Shifting party loyalties could result in some of the closest races in Nepal’s poll history, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 14/10/2022)

Violation of election code of conduct is subject to action: EC (kh 14/10/2022)

Eight constitutional commissions to jointly monitor upcoming polls (rn 14/10/2022)

SC moved against nine contestants : Petitioner seeks apex court order barring them from contesting polls (ht 14/10/2022)

Parties disappoint voters again : It’s the same old faces—those that have been elected and reelected—from which we will have to choose from once again, by Cilla Khatra (ae 13/10/2022)

Federal and provincial elections: Test for the independent candidates : Several challenges will confront the independent candidates if they will win in the upcoming federal and provincial elections. Yet also they will have the greatest opportunity to re-shape the political space in Nepal, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 13/10/2022)

Hundreds of candidates withdraw from race : As many as 2,412 candidates are now in the race for seats in the lower house and 3,224 in provincial assemblies (kp 13/10/2022), 2,412 in fray for 165 FPTP HoR seats : Less than 10 per cent of contestants are women (ht 13/10/2022)

Election Commission prohibits pre-poll survey (kh 13/10/2022) [??], EC requests not to conduct opinion polls related to political parties and candidates (rep 13/10/2022) [Such opinion polls would be an import tool as in all democratic states of the world!]

Honour the code : The idea of enforcing a code of conduct is to ensure that each party in the polls takes ownership of the electoral process (kp 13/10/2022)

EC bars local-level representatives from campaigning (kh 13/10/2022)

UML supports Hridayesh Tripathi in Nawalparasi-1 (kh 13/10/2022)

Nine candidates withdraw nominations in Banke: EC (kh 13/10/2022)

JSP-UML electoral alliance shows politics makes strangest bedfellows : Bonhomie between Janata Samajbadi, a party advocating Madheshi rights, and CPN-UML, its ideological nemesis, suggests a decline of agenda-based politics, experts say, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 13/10/2022)

Candidates start electioneering in blatant disregard of poll code : As per the Election Commission’s code of conduct, campaigning is allowed only from November 3, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/10/2022)

Division in Madhesh forces darkens their electoral prospects : Two major parties in Madhesh pitted against each other will fare worse this time than in last elections, analysts say, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 12/10/2022)

UML withdraws candidacy in Chitwan-3, to support NC’s rebel candidate (nlt 12/10/2022) [Power strategies of undemocratic parties and politicians! Nepal's oligarchs make a mockery of Nepal's elections!]

Nov 20 election: 265 candidates in the fray in Kathmandu (kh 12/10/2022)

Dr Bhattarai-led Nepal Samajbadi Party receives six seats in Nov 20 elections (kh 12/10/2022)

Three candidates’ nominations cancelled (kh 12/10/2022)

Deepak Manange unanimously elected Gandaki Province Assembly member (nlt 12/10/2022)

Nov 20 election: Candidates can withdraw their names today (kh 12/10/2022)

Election observers siding with parties, candidates not acceptable: Chief EC Thapaliya (kh 12/10/2022

Subverting political federalism : The coalition culture has sidelined deserving candidates in favour of cronies and sycophants, by Achyut Wagle (kp 11/10/2022)

Nepali elections are becoming a battle of same old faces : Lack of internal democracy in political parties is mainly to be blamed, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 11/10/2022) [Maybe not yet a failing state, but definitely a failing democracy!], Continuity over change : The new roster of tried and tested electoral candidates does not inspire much confidence (kp 11/10/2022), Major political parties fall short to ensure gender parity in politics : Almost all political parties have an extremely lower ratio of women to men candidates fielded under the first-past-the-post category in the upcoming elections (nlt 11/10/2022)

Multiple organ failures of the nation: Can the new election lead to its recovery?, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 11/10/2022)

The centrality of elections in political process : Historically, the parties that shied away from elections have become irrelevant, by Thira L Bhusal (kp 11/10/2022)

57 parties file nomination towards FPTP for HoR election: EC (kh 11/10/2022), 57 parties taking part in HoR, PA elections (rep 12/10/2022)

Ruling coalition directs rebel candidates to withdraw nominations (kh 11/10/2022)

25 UML leaders file nomination as independents (ht 11/10/2022)

UML loses NA seat (ht 11/10/2022)

Time for claim and protest against PR candidates till Oct 15 (rep 11/10/2022)

EC to publish name list of FPTP candidates today (rep 11/10/2022)

14 independent candidates contesting elections with UML Chair Oli (kh 11/10/2022)

Nov 20 elections: EC to publish candidates’ final list on Oct 26 (kh 11/10/2022)

Candidates required to submit expenses details of online advertisement (kh 11/10/2022)

A whiff of change in the air on candidate nomination day : Independents challenge many party heavyweights as Election Commission registers candidacy across country, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/10/2022), Parties deny dissidents tickets, many hit back by filing rebel candidacies : Many leaders have even allied with rival forces against the candidates of the mother party or its electoral alliance, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 10/10/2022)

 “Elections will be held in free, fair and fear-free environment” (kh 10/10/2022) [It takes a lot of audacity to tell the people that the elections are fair. Once again, the bulk of the candidates are male Bahuns. Women hardly make an appearance, Dalits certainly not. The sole purpose of the electoral alliances is to secure the power of the failed, power-addicted so-called top politicians once again. In "fair elections", politicians do not contest once they have failed; rather, they immediately resign from all offices, allowing for continuous renewal and rejuvenation of their parties. This is even more true for politicians who have trampled on the constitution. Nepal is not a democracy, but an oligarchy!]

Time To End Political Anomalies, by Ballav Dahal (rn 10/10/2022)

Limited number of women candidacies recorded under FPTP (kh 10/10/2022)

As many as 1,600 candidates file nominations for 165 HoR posts (kh 10/10/2022)

Film artists trying their luck in November 20 polls (rep 10/10/2022)

Resham Chaudhary's candidacy to be invalid, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 10/10/2022)

Nov 20 elections: Candidacies filed in Bhaktapur (kh 10/10/2022)

122 candidacies for nine posts in Chitwan: EC (kh 10/10/2022), 26 candidates file candidacies in Rukum (East): EC  (kh 10/10/2022)

Let Election Ensure Stability, by Bhupa P Dhamala (rn 09/10/2022) [This hope is unlikely to be fulfilled, as all the failed politicians continue to consider themselves indispensable. The continuation of patriarchy, social non-inclusion, Bahunbad and personal power struggles is guaranteed!]

EC says registration of candidacy nomination completed in a peaceful manner (kh 09/10/2022)

Social Activist Lamichhane registers candidacy from Kathmandu 5 (2) (rep 09/10/2022)

Here is where the ‘top leaders’ are fighting the Nov 20 elections from, by Sajira Shrestha (rep 09/10/2022)

EC publishes list of proportional candidates (rep 09/10/2022)

Candidacy nomination registration begins (nlt 09/10/2022), Nominations for FPTP seats of federal, provincial assemblies taking place today (kh 09/10/2022), Top leaders pick constituencies, Dahal opts for Gorkha : Race hots up as political parties field their first-past-the-post candidates today for the November 20 elections, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 09/10/2022)

Exchange of tickets between NC and Maoist Center in Myagdi (rep 09/10/2022)

Congress to field candidates in 90 federal seats : The Shekhar Koirala-led dissident group has been arguing that the party shouldn’t have settled for fewer than 100 seats, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 09/10/2022)

Madhes Pradesh has 2.9 million eligible voters (kh 09/10/2022)

Ruling coalition to support Ghanashyam Bhusal to contest from Rupandehi Constituency-1 (kh 09/10/2022)

EC prints 40.05 million ballot papers for proportional elections (kh 08/10/2022)

Speaker Sapkota announces not to contest election (nlt 08/10/2022)

Ruling coalition close to allocation of seats for Nov 20 polls : NC to get 84, Maoist 47, and United Socialist 20 (kh 08/10/2022) [see list of common candidates (ka 08/10/2022)], Congress-led alliance reaches seat deal : Leaders of the Nepali Congress-led alliance have reached an agreement on sharing of seats for the federal and provincial elections scheduled for November 20 (kp 08/10/2022), UML offers Janata Samajbadi what ruling alliance has refused : Leaders say deal is almost done and negotiations are focussed on individual constituencies, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/10/2022), UML, JSP agree to share 16 seats each in Madesh Province (kh 08/10/2022), Janata Samajbadi Party gets 17 seats as it seals an electoral deal with UML : In return, Janata Samajbadi will support UML in 35 constituencies (kp 08/10/2022) [And I thought seats are decided by the voters!?], UML gives Janata Samajbadi 17 seats as Congress spares 7 for Thakur’s party : In provinces, Yadav’s party gets 42 seats while Loktantrik Samajbadi Party secures backing in 16 constituencies, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 09/10/2022)

UML-RPP electoral alliance likely to be finalized today (kh 08/10/2022)

Nepal: Five Observations with the Second National Election, by Binoj Basnyat (kh 07/10/2022)

29 candidates withdraw candidacy from the closed list (kh 06/10/2022)

EC to publish name list of election candidates on October 11 (kh 05/10/2022)

About 20,000 observers to be deployed to monitor upcoming elections (rep 03/10/2022)

Parties submit amended PR lists to poll commission for November election : Those who don’t want to be in race can withdraw today, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/10/2022), Parties given time till noon today to withdraw names from closed list (rn 03/10/2022)

Personal feuds, fake social media posts new security risks for the elections : Unlike in the past, the primary threats are not the parties that have boycotted the November 20 elections, by Anil Giri (kp 02/10/2022)

Election Commission fixes ceiling for election spending : The maximum limit of electoral spending was fixed based on the existing law, the number of voters in the constituency, the number of polling centers, and the area (nlt 02/10/2022)

Discontent Brewing Over PR Lists, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 02/10/2022)

12 parties to file amendment to closed list for proportional system today (rep 02/10/2022)

Nov 20 elections: Deadline to amend PR closed list ending today (kh 02/10/2022)

Independents are widening their reach : Rising public frustration stemming from the failure of traditional parties is cited as the main fuel for independent candidates, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 30/09/2022), Young voters, old leaders : Age is not the only problem of our graying leaders. They also don’t have anything new to offer (kp 30/09/2022)

Poll body using army, police to monitor media : Observers swiftly criticise the poll body’s decision, by Makar Shrestha (kp 30/09/2022), Freedom Forum concerned over EC’s move (kh 30/09/2022), Press Office manned by security personnel starts monitoring media : Ignoring widespread criticism of the move, Election Commission inaugurated the office on Friday, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 01/10/2022)

LGBTIQA+ community in Nepal: Upset over electoral underrepresentation, by Cilla Khatry (ae 29/09/2022)

Voters favour women, party leaders don’t : Selection of candidates is based on whims of male politicians as women are under-represented in top party committees, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 29/09/2022) [The party leaders are and remain the greatest propagandists of patriarchy and the non-inclusive state!]

Civic Engagement In Electoral Politics, by Mukti Rijal (rn 29/09/2022)

Seat allocation: NC likely to get 85 seats, Maoist Center 44 (kh 29/09/2022)

Ruling parties still haggling for seats as nomination deadline draws closer : Political leaders claim that they have reached a deal on most of the 165 House of Representatives seats, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 28/09/2022) [Democracy as interpreted by the failed predominantly male high-caste politicians to preserve their power!]

EC issues 60-point directives to political parties (rep 28/09/2022), EC’s code of conduct not practical: NC spokesperson (rn 28/09/2022), EC's strict code : "If the local elections are any guide, the parties would so well not to take the EC lightly" (ht 29/09/2022)

EC carrying out homework to fix election expenditure ceiling (kh 27/09/2022)

Election code of conduct coming into force from Wednesday (kh 27/09/2022), Election code of conduct comes into effect from today (nlt 28/09/2022)

Time to cooperate for countering misinformation in the face of election, by Narayan Prasad Ghimire (rn 27/09/2022)

EC secures commitments from govt, parties on election code of conduct (kh 26/09/2022) [Commitments by politicians mean nothing!]

Will escalating tensions hit November elections? The President is accused of foiling the citizenship bill to muddy the waters, sensing UML’s poor poll prospects, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/09/2022)

Public Expectations From Polls, by Yug Bahadur (rn 23/09/2022)

EC asks finance ministry to furnish details of fund transfer (rep 23/09/2022)

EC appoints Chief Returning Officer and Returning Officers (kh 22/09/2022)

Political parties continue to abuse proportional representation system : Many nominees in the closed lists submitted to Election Commission have repeatedly occupied positions of power, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/09/2022),
Women MPs, unite : A new women’s parliamentary caucus is needed at a time when they are being brazenly discriminated (kp 21/09/2022)

EC to verify closed list of PR candidates today and tomorrow : 48 parties submit PR closed-list (kh 20/09/2022), Closed list submitted : The Election Commission must not be influenced by the parties into amending its directives (ht 21/09/2022)

Parties submit PR lists to the Election Commission: Congress has reportedly included senior leaders Bimalendra Nidhi, Ram Sharan Mahat, Arzu Rana Deuba and Gopal Man Shrestha on its list, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 20/09/2022)

EC grants permission to 36 organizations so far to observe Nov 20 elections (kh 20/09/2022)

Will Hinduism be an agenda in the upcoming elections? While events in India will have an impact, religion is as yet not a big vote-puller in Nepal, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 19/09/2022) [The Hindu state is not so much a question of religion, but a social and political concern. At stake is the question of inclusion and rights in the multi-ethnic and multi-religious state, the value of women, perceptions of caste, respect for other cultures, etc.]

Political parties to submit PR candidates’ list until Monday (nlt 18/09/2022)

Nov 20 elections: EC designates 10,891 polling stations (kh 17/09/2022)

PM Deuba vows to hold Nov 20 elections in a fair manner as term of parliament expires at midnight tonight (kh 17/09/2022) ["Fair" also means: no coercion of voters by the high-caste male party leaders through electoral alliances and adequate inclusion of all social groups, e.g., 50% female direct candidates, maximum of 6% each male Bahuns and Chhetris as candidates, proportion of Dalits, Janajtis, Madheshis according to their share of the population, etc.]

EC demands mayors of various metropolis to pay Rs 700,000 each in fine for not submitting election expense details on time : Those sought fine includes KMC Mayor Shah, Dharan Mayor Sampang and Bharatpur Mayor Dahal (rep 17/09/2022)

EC directs Land Commission not to distribute land ownership certificates (kh 16/09/2022)

Media's Role Vital For Fair Polls, by Yug Bahadur (rn 16/09/2022)

MP Pant's appeal to political parties to increase candidacy of women (rep 16/09/2022)

United in dotage : Old age runs deep in Nepal’s mainstream politics (nlt 16/09/2022) [These failed politicians, who still believe they are indispensable, are, besides authoritarian party structures, the fundamental problem of Nepali politics!],

RPP to field “popular” faces under PR category (kh 16/09/2022) [Quite mendacious! What is sold as positive is in reality the only way to ensure the return of old politicians from this party as well, provided, of course, that the party gets over the 3-percent hurdle at all.]

Dalit politicians being denied tickets : Political parties didn’t field women Dalit candidates in 124 wards in the local elections last May : The number of Dalit mayors decreased by half in 2022 polls compared to 2017, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 15/09/2022)

NC restricts previous PR-elected lawmakers from becoming PR candidates again (kh 15/09/2022), Nov 20 polls: Maoist Center to not repeat PR lawmakers (kh 15/09/2022) [NC, CPN (MC) and all the other parties had better restrict the previously directly elected politicians from running again. After all, these predominantly male, high-caste politicians are the ones responsible for the whole misery of the state, not so much the MPs elected through the PR system!]

EC urges parties to be clear on documents required for closed list under PR category (kh 12/09/2022)

Land of gossip : The psyche of producing gossip would remain the principal shaper of the election manifestos, by Abhi Subedi (kp 11/09/2022)

Free And Fair Prospects : Civil Society Leaders Call For Free and Fair Elections Urging Elections Commission To Take Necessary Steps (sp 09/09/2022)

Nov 20 elections: EC to publish candidates’ name list on Oct 11 (kh 09/09/2022)

Balen and Sampang effect in federal elections : Rise of independent candidates like Balendra Shah and Harka Sampang at the local level has paved the path for several independent candidates who will challenge the old-established parties in federal polls, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 08/09/2022)

Accident insurance up to Rs 2 million for each person involved in election work (kh 08/09/2022) [And what about their fundamental right to vote?]

Election Commission opposes plan to extend House term : Election code of conduct says terms of members of lower house and provincial assembly will lose their positions after filing nominations for elections (kp 06/09/2022) [A moronic discussion: elected MPs only become functional when parliament first convenes. No democratic country can afford to be without a legislature or executive for months!  This once again highlights one of the many shortcomings of the 2015 Constitution.]

Seat Sharing Conundrum, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 06/09/2022)

Crime-accused can contest polls but they may be barred from performing duty : Experts say flawed laws can create a situation where the electorate may not have their representative in the House, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/09/2022)

10,888 polling stations determined across the country (kh 05/09/2022)

RPP Chair Lingden announces resignation as lawmaker (kh 04/09/2022) [A strange view of the electoral period of a parliament! This may only end on the day on which the newly elected parliament convenes for the first time. Otherwise, the country would be without a legislature for weeks or even months. There is no question of a tenure extension.]

Nov 20 Polls : Let’s Stop the Snollygosters!, by Akhilesh Tripathi (rep 04/09/2022)

Fight erupts over name recommendation for Nov 20 polls in Dhanusha, by Suresh Yadav (rep 04/09/2022)

Theory of dissent : ‘None of the above’ is a legitimate option that allows the electorate to reject candidates, by Samar SJB Rana & Vera Jasmine Shrestha (kp 02/09/2022)

Around 300 thousand security personnel to be mobilized for Nov 20 elections (kh 02/09/2022)

New elections, same old faces, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 01/09/2022) [It has never occurred to me in the 72 years of my life to question democratic elections. But this time it has, perhaps because this no longer has much in common with democracy!]

CPN (US) jumbo team joins CPN-UML in Sudurpaschim (ht 01/09/2022)

Nepal Police to purchase vehicles as elections near (rep 01/09/2022)

Patan High Court issues interim order not to buy ballot boxes immediately (rep 014/09/2022)

Indirectly elected representatives, most of whom are women, have less powers : In the upcoming elections, women aspire to contest first-past-the-post seats but political parties don’t seem enthusiastic to give them tickets, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 31/08/2022) [According to the patriarchal thinking of the ruling male elite, Nepal belongs only to men, especially to those from the Tagadhari castes, particularly the Bahuns. The citizenship law and the current discussion on this matter make this clear. Since because of the alliance the direct candidacies are also divided among the parties, the ruling men cannot "waste" any mandate on women!]

People’s issues ignored as parties are overly fixated on power : One year since adopting their common minimum programme, the ruling parties have never discussed the commitments, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 31/08/2022)

Vote counting arrangements being made in all 165 constituencies (rep 31/08/2022)

Canvassing allowed from 17 days before vote. Leaders, experts call it impractical : Given the practice of 48-hour election silence, candidates will get just 15 days if the code of conduct is followed, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 31/08/2022)

Nepal Police receives Rs 8 billion budget for elections security : A total of 71,693 regular police personnel and 115,000 temporary police personnel will be mobilized for the elections. In comparison to the May 13 local level elections, 25,000 more Nepal Police personnel including 15,000 temporary police personnel are being recruited for the elections (nlt 31/08/2022)

Expecting Electoral Innovation, by Atindra Dahal (rep 29/08/2022)

76 parties apply under PR system for November 20 elections (kh 29/008/2022)

Parties are fighting upcoming elections on usual planks : Congress will harp on democracy, UML will continue with ultranationalism, Maoists promise to shore up constitution, and Madhesh parties will press for constitution amendment, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 29/08/2022)

EC to update voters’ list from today (kh 28/08/2022)

Nepal Police plans to mobilize over 71,000 police personnel for HoR, Provincial Assembly polls (rep 26/08/2022), Nepal Police demands required quantity of arms for Nov 20 elections (kh 27/08/2022)

Over 9,000 candidates of local-level poll in Karnali province yet to submit expenditure details (kh 26/08/2022)

Madhesh Province has highest number of parties for election (rn 26/08/2022)

EC decides to publish election symbols of parties contesting Nov 20 polls in Nepal Gazette : UML's election symbol to figure on top of ballot paper (kh 25/08/2022)

EC calls application for election observation (kh 24/08/2022)

High invalid votes and low turnout prompts poll commission to run voter education : A total of 7,500 volunteers will be sent door-to-door for over a month from the last week of September to the election day on November 20, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/08/2022), Educating voters : The Election Commission needs to ensure that voters understand the hows and whys of voting (kp 25/08/2022)

EC proposes cap on number of door-to-door election campaigners : Those who are rich and powerful should not unduly influence polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/08/2022)

‘The upcoming elections will be fairer and impartial’ : Chief Election Commissioner Thapaliya on poll preparations, efforts to minimise invalid votes, and checking overspending (interview) (kp 22/08/2022) [An election that is manipulated in advance by the party leaders in a non-inclusive way can hardly be called fair!]

EC directs governments not to implement new program (kh 21/08/2022)

Campaign Financing (sp 19/08/2022)

Employees, teachers to be deployed in November 20 elections (kh 19/08/2022) [This is only legitimate if the right of these people to vote remains guaranteed!]

EC issues four-point directive to govt for effective security management (kh 18/08/2022)

Ritualistic conduct of elections : Unless street protests erupt once again, Nepal is doomed to endure more of the same, by CK Lal (kp 17/08/2022)

Announcement of federal, provincial poll: Opening vistas of possibilities, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 17/08/2022)

Election Commission says 84 parties applied to contest upcoming general elections (nlt 17/08/2022), Eighty-four parties apply to contest November elections : Twelve parties have formed four groups to fight the elections under four different poll symbols, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/08/2022) [Extremely confusing for the voters and, according to section 49 of the PPA, ultimately with loss of identity for those parties that contest under the electoral symbol of another party!]

Anxiety of performance : Politicians form an electoral alliance with an eye on power and position rather than ideological integrity (kp 17/08/2022), Alliance seat-sharing gets knottier as Maoist Centre has Bhattarai, Gautam into its fold : Ruling coalition wants Dahal to accommodate the new entrants in his party’s own share, instead of asking to adjust them as well, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 17/08/2022)

115,131 local election candidates yet to submit expenditure statements (kh 17/08/2022)

EC intensifies preparation for free, fair poll (nlt 16/08/2022) [Elections in which top politicians decide which parties and candidates are even up for election in the respective constituencies are neither democratic nor fair!]

Maoist Center and NSP jointly registered at EC (rep 16/08/2022)

Nov 20 polls: Deadline for party registration at EC ends today (kh 16/08/2022)

Poll body asks Dahal to clarify his remark that a candidate in May polls spent Rs100 million : At a function last month, the Maoist Centre chair had said that a rural municipality chairman spent millions to secure victory (kp 16/08/2022)

Bamdev Gautam to contest under Maoist Centre's election symbol (rn 16/08/2022), Gautam’s risky political journey, by Tapendra Karki (rep 17/08/2022)

Dismantling patriarchy : Fielding a woman candidate is considered risky by the male-dominated parties in Nepal (kp 15/08/2022)

Election Commission mulls reducing campaign duration to 15 days : Submission of the lists of proportional representation candidates by political parties on September 18-19 and first-past-the-post candidacy registration on October 9-12 likely (kp 15/08/2022), EC may shorten campaign duration : It will reduce election expenditure, says CEC Thapaliya (ht 15/08/2022)

EC seeks media role for November 20 polls (kh 14/08/2022)

Prachanda and Dr. Bhattarai inching closer on single election symbol and manifesto agenda (kh 14/08/2022) [Two parties, one claiming to be communist, the other socialist, but the same election symbol and manifesto?  The Political Party Act does not seem to interest these politicians!], Poles apart for around a decade, Prachanda and Baburam to forge electoral alliance (nlt 14/08/2022)

40 parties registered with EC for November 20 elections so far (kh 14/08/2022)

LSP and NSP want to join ruling alliance as election nears (rep 14/08/2022) [All parties should form an alliance and divide the seats among themselves. Then there would be no need for elections at all, the money saved could be distributed among the politicians and the latter could claim that Nepal has the best democracy in the world!]

Voices grow for fair representation of women as major elections near : Women leaders complain parties field fewer women for direct election. Experts blame the patriarchal mindset, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 13/08/2022)

More than 40 percent local election candidates yet to submit spending details : There were a total of 145,011 candidates. Poll law requires them to furnish the details within 30 days of election. The Election Commission mulls action, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/08/2022)

Nepal Police proposes 120 thousand temporary police for elections (kh 12/08/2022)

EC to conduct door-to-door voter education for Nov 20 polls, by Smriti Dhungana (rep 11/08/2022)

EC to update electoral roll from August 28 (kh 10/08/2022)

Provincial poll declaration should be provinces’ prerogative, observers say : Federalism yet to be embraced in a true sense with the centralised mindset refusing to go, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/08/2022)

As elections approach, some are calling for not repeating old faces : Observes say just changing a small set of leaders may not suffice amid degrading political culture, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/08/2022) [The SC's 2014 directive is binding law for the executive and the legislature. Prompt implementation would have meant that probably none of the top politicians who consider themselves indispensable would still be politically active today, which would be incredibly good for Nepal! Given the disenfranchisement of the electorate through the alliance manipulations of the parties, the NOTA option would be more important than ever!]

Coalition Seat-sharing Onus On NC, Maoist Centre, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 09/08/2022) [Voters should not vote for candidates of a party they do not want to vote for. The party leaders' request is completely undemocratic and leads the party system and thus ultimately parliamentary democracy ad absurdum!]

Will Nepal vote for change? Hopefully, we can eliminate some of the faces that have spread negativity amongst Nepalis, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 09/08/2022) [How is that supposed to work? The failed politicians at the top of the parties have already initiated anti-democratic measures to prevent change!]

Nomination filing for parliamentary, provincial polls on Oct 9 (nlt 09/08/2022)

Hridayesh to contest elections with his own party symbol (kh 08/08/2022)

Party registration for upcoming elections begins today (kh 07/08/2022)

Election calculation : After vacillating, Nepal's coalition finally agrees to 20 November for elections, by Santa Gaha Magar (nt 05/08/2022)

CK Raut to contest elections from Saptari-2 (kh 05/08/2022)

Temporary police to be recruited for November 20 elections (rep 04/08/2022) [It is the duty of the government to ensure that all Nepalis can exercise their right to vote, including deployed security forces, polling agents, migrant workers, etc.]

Govt decides to hold federal, provincial elections on Nov 20 (kh 04/08/2022) [The right to set an election date in the provinces lies with the respective provincial government and not with the central government! Nepal is a federal state! By the way, this also applies to local elections!], EC to start registration of political parties from Sunday (kh 04/08/2022), EC gears up preparations for November 20 elections (kh 05/08/2022), Elections announced for November 20 : Around 18.6 million voters estimated to have been registered for the upcoming elections, with around 1 million added since the May 13 local level polls. Election Commission says 107 days enough for preparations, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/08/2022)

MPs demand 50 per cent FPTP tickets for women, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/08/2022)

Government plans to hold elections on November 20 : The dillydallying in declaring the date has) prompted some to speculate if the ruling coalition is planning to delay the polls, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/08/2022)

EC directs govt to take action against employees who are members of political parties, by Smriti Dhungana (rep 01/08/2022), Public post holder with political affiliation will face action: EC (rn 01/08/2022)

SC orders EC not to implement its decision on RPP election symbol row (rep 26/07/2022)

CEC Thapaliya hints at holding federal election on Nov 20 (kh 26/07/2022)

Election Commission launches online voter registration in five more districts (nlt 21/07/2022)

Govt told to ensure voting rights of security personnel, civil servants and prisoners (kh 17/07/2022), Ensure security personnel, staff on poll day get to vote: SC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/07/2022)

Fill out online form to get registered as voter: EC (rn 12/07/2022), Election Commission launches online registration for voters’ roll in Kathmandu Valley (nlt 13/07/2022)

UML’s Ram Bahadur elected Budhiganga Mayor (kh 10/07/2022)

Ph.D. holder Basnet announces candidacy from Kathmandu-9 (kh 08/07/2022)

In Nepal, to be able to vote is a tough nut to crack : Forced to stand in long queues, coupled with delays, service seekers express rage against the tedious voter registration process, by Shrutika Raut ans Sakshi Srivastav (nlt 07/07/2022) [Nepal needs a mandatory population registration system using modern IT. Then additional voter registration will be unnecessary!]

Voting in Bajura’s Budhiganga municipality being held today (kh 07/07/2022), Police open fire at polling center in Bajura (nlt 07/07/2022)

EC officials to recommend Nov 18 or 21 to hold parliamentary and provincial elections (kh 06/07/2022), Poll commission suggests November 18 for federal and provincial elections : Holding both elections in a single phase is possible, it’s cost effective and easier from the management point of view, the commission says (kp 06/07/2022)

Groups demand limited access to voter roll on poll body’s website : They submitted a memo to the commission with several demands, including amendment to relevant electoral laws, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 05/07/2022)

EC returns local polls’ unspent fund of Rs 1.5 billion to Ministry of Finance (kh 05/07/2022)

Ranju Darshana to contest upcoming federal election from Kathmandu-5 (nlt 03/07/2022)

Concept paper of independent candidacy campaign unveiled (rep 02/07/2022)

EC urges govt to manage e-voting machines for upcoming polls (nlt 30/06/2022) [Yawn, says the Deuba government! This is just like voting rights for the millions of excluded eligible voters!], EC keen to use EVM in general, provincial polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 01/07/2022)

EC preparing to hold federal and provincial elections by mid-December: CEC Thapaliya (nlt 30/06/2022)

Supreme Court quashes petition seeking to halt re-polling in Budhiganga Municipality (kh 28/06/2022)

Why Local Elections in Nepal Should be Held on Nonpartisan Basis, by Ambika P Adhikari and Keshav Bhattarai (rep 23/06/2022)

Congress leaders call for letting Nepalis away vote. Poll body says not feasible : Despite Supreme Court order in 2018, no initiatives taken for out-of-country voting. Debate on the issue when polls near seems to be more for public consumption, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/06/2022)

Engineer Akarshan Pokharel announces candidature in Gagan Thapa’s constituency (kh 21/06/2022)

Snowbalen : Attacks by mainstream parties on independent candidates proves how worried they are about federal elections in November, by Shristi Karki (nt)

Call for bill on out-of-country voting, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 10/06/2022)

‘NC wins elections in 52% municipalities’ (rn 10/06/2022)

Battle of narratives : Political parties, basking in their complacency, didn't bother to check the rear-view mirror, preferring to just look ahead, by Avasna Pandey (kp 06/06/2022)

EC to open voter registration from June 15 (kh 06/06/2022)

Buoyed by success of local polls, Deuba for holding elections by end of November : Encouraged from local polls, the premier holds confidence in the coalition despite some concerns shown by partners, by Anil Giri (kp 05/06/2022)

Lessons From The Local Elections 2022, by Dipak Gyawali (sp 03/06/2022)

Man’s journey from office assistant to ward chief : Netra Bhattarai, 29, impressed many when he was employed at the ward office of Chishankhugadhi-5 as an office assistant. People’s encouragement led him to win the local polls and return to the same office as ward chairman, by Kumbha Raj Rai (kp 01/06/2022)

Parties widely used children in campaigns as poll body remained ineffective : Poll body failed to crack down on parties and stood as a mere spectator, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/05/2022)

Congress came first, followed by UML in second position in local polls. Will it shape the outcome of the federal elections? Here are some scenarios : How will Nepali political parties fare in the upcoming elections then? What will be their election strategies after the local poll results?, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 31/05/2022)

Implications Of Local Polls Outcome, by Bhupa P Dhamala (rn 31/05/2022)

The Balen Shah magic: Its retrospect and prospect, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 31/05/2022), How Balen Shah, Harka Rai, and Gopi Hamal won their elections, by Jagadish Paudel (rec 31/05/2022), Let The Mayor Deliver On His Pledges, by Namrata Sharma (rn 01/06/2022)

Rekindling hope : This election and the results have provided many pointers that we need to take positively, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 31/05/2022)

Electoral Democracy and Clientelism in South Asia, by Matrika Poudyal (kp 30/05/2022)

The causes of invalid votes in Nepal, by Yatindra KC (nlt 30/05/2022)

Independent candidates rock Nepal’s local elections. What does it show about opportunities, challenges and messages? Many see the victory of independent candidates as the result of people’s frustration with and lack of trust in traditional political parties. Is that the only case?, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 28/05/2022), Local elections: 385 independent candidates secure victory (rep 28/05/2022)

Electoral Shifts In Local Governance, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 28/05/2022)

14,402 women elected in local level elections across country (kh), Sunita’s entry into politics not a coincidental one, by Asmita Belabase (rep 28/05/2022)

Balen Shah elected Kathmandu Mayor (nlt 27/05/2022), Independent candidate Balen Shah elected KMC mayor, UML’s Sunita Dangol deputy mayor (kh 27/05/2022), Balen Shah vows to make Kathmandu world’s most beautiful city (kh 27/05/2022) [Please be careful. This now sounds similar to the failed party politicians. The people in KTM will be happy if you make things better.], Balen registers historical win in KMC (ht 27/05/2022)

Local election results: Marred by tortoise-paced counting, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 27/05/2022)

Local levels elect 14,402 women representatives (kh 27/05/2022)

Message Through The Ballot, by Kundan Aryal (rn 27/05/2022)

8 municipalities of Lamjung have only men as mayors (kh 26/05/2022)

Inclusive elections: Still a big challenge, by Dev Datta Joshi (ht 26/05/2022)

‘Balen’ canes parties with the walking stick : Kathmandu voters rap Congress, UML on the knuckles as they pick a rapper, also a structural engineer, as their new mayor, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/05/2022)

Vote counting underway in three local units : As per the final results till Thursday morning, NC has secured wins in 326 municipals as UML is placed second with wins in 205 local units (nlt 26/05/2022), Vote count in 749 out of 753 local bodies over; results of 4 yet to come out (kh 26/05/2022), 34,890 people’s representatives elected across country (kh 26/05/2022), Balen secures 38% votes as 3 wards remain to be counted in KMC : Sirjana: 24.24%, Sthapit: 24.03% (kh 26/05/2022), 35,034 representatives elected across country (kh 26/05/2022)

Sudurpaschim fails to elect women, Dalits in chief roles : Number of women representatives elected in deputy mayor and vice-chairperson positions has also decreased as compared to previous local elections, by Arjun Shah (kp 25/05/2022)

EC publishes result of 744 local levels, nine still to come (kh 25/05/2022), Independent candidate Balen Shah certain to become KMC mayor. Balen: 55,747, Sirjana: 35,371, Sthapit: 34,626 (kh 25/05/2022)

34,741 out of 35,221 local representatives elected so far (kh 24/05/2022)

Renu Dahal elected Bharatpur Mayor for second term  (nlt 24/05/2022), JSP’s Singh elected Birgunj mayor, NC’s Alam deputy mayor (kh 24/05/2022)

NC largest as vote count complete in 734 local levels : NC wins in 321, UML: 200, Maoist Center: 120 (kh 24/05/2022), Out of 753 local levels, EC declares result of 740 levels : NC: wins in 322, UML: 203, Maoist Center: 121 (kh 24/05/2022)

Local Poll Deflates Oli's Ego, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 24/05/2022)

UML calls for recounting of votes in Pokhara Metropolis-18 : As per the final results of the vote count at the ward announced this morning, Nepali Congress candidate Shiva Prasad Timilsina had won the Ward Chair post by a margin of three votes (nlt 24/05/2022)

Local polls are over. It’s time for voting reforms : Nepal had five years to plan for better elections and a better election process. But there have been no reforms, similar patterns are being repeated, by Shreya Subedi (nlt 23/05/2022)

Parties have much to learn from independents' rise, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/05/2022)

Resham Chaudhary won election from hiding. His 5-month-old party claims Tikapur when he is in jail : Tharus who feel they were shortchanged by the state have spoken through the ballot, activists and analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/05/2022)

NC largest as vote count complete in 726 local levels : NC wins in 320, UML: 197, Maoist Center: 120 (kh 23/05/2022)

What’s in store for the five-party alliance after local vote results? With increased bargaining power, the Maoists may want to continue partnership, but CPN (Unified Socialist) and Janata Samajbadi Party look unhappy, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/05/2022)

Post politics in Nepal : Disillusioned or not with the parties, a large number of people turn out to cast their votes, by Abhi Subedi (kp 22/05/2022), Local Polls: Outcome And Message, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 22/05/2022)

Final results announced for 706 levels (kh 22/05/2022)

Independent candidate Hamal elected as mayor of Dhangadhi (rep 22/05/2022), Independent candidate Rai leading in Dharan sub-metropolis as about 4,500 votes left to count (kh 22/05/2022)

EC releases results of 6 out of 11 sub-metropolises so far (kh 22/05/2022)

Vote count in 684 out of 753 local bodies over : NC wins mayor/chair in 303 local levels; UML in 185 and Maoist Center in 116 (kh 21/05/2022)

Results of around 90 % local levels out, by Arpana Adhikari (rn 21/05/2022)

Over 150 local units set to be devoid of representatives, creating a vacuum : Experts show problem with the system, including the law that restricts poll body’s powers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/05/2022)

Local Polls And Development, by Udbodh Bhandari (rn 20/05/2022)

Local elections dent deposit collection (ht 20/05/2022)

Vote count in 628 of 753 local levels over : NC wins mayor/chair in 280 local levels; UML in 173 and Maoist Center in 112 (kh 20/05/2022), Ruling coalition gets victory in more than two-thirds local levels (kh 20/05/2022), Cut down to size : Citizens have shown what they think of CPN-UML's actions in recent past (kp 20/05/2022)

Newly elected ward member found dead (kh 20/05/2022)

Ditch the paper : There is still room to employ electronic voting in provincial and federal elections (ae 19/05/2022)

Impressions from the election past : The big takeaway is that nothing mattered in the end except the promise of change, by Deepak Thapa (kp 19/05/2022), Civic Engagement At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 19/05/2022), Balen Shah's popularity: Nepal seeks a new national party, by Sumit Pathak (ht 19/05/2022)

NC dominates results tally with wins in 252 local units, UML victorious in 164 municipals (nlt 19/05/2022), Vote count in 570 of 753 local levels over : NC wins mayor/chairperson in 253 local levels; UML in 164 and Maoist Center in 105 (kh 19/05/2022)

Geeta Chaudhary becomes first female mayor in Saptari (rep 19/05/2022)

Controversy erupts after more ballot papers were found in Nepalgunj-18 (rep 19/05/2022), Vote count postponed in Butwal : Who broke the ballot box seal and why?, by Rekha Bhusal (rep 19/05/2022)

Election taking place at additional 15 voting centres (kh 18/05/2022)

Balen Shah maintains a steady lead in mayoral race of Kathmandu (nlt 18/05/2022), NC leads the tally with wins in 203 local units, UML victorious in 127 municipals (nlt 18/05/2022), Independent candidate Sampang takes lead in Dharan Sub metropolis (kh 18/05/2022), Janamat Party wins mayor in Saptari’s Hanumannagar (kh 18/05/2022), UML demands to stop vote-counting in Pokhara (kh 18/05/2022)

Constantly spurned, how Dalits united to create history in local elections : A team of independent Dalit candidates wins four out of five seats in Ward 8 of Kanakasundari Rural Municipality in Jumla, including the post of chair, by DB Budha (kp 17/05/2022)

Towards voting reform : Election symbols were an alternative when the literacy rate was 20 percent in 1960, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 17/05/2022), Slow-paced counting : The best way to reduce the time for counting the votes is to switch to the Electronic Voting Machine (ht 17/05/2022)

Final results of 282 municipals out, NC wins Chief in 128 local units as UML wins in 78 (nlt 17/05/2022)

Why aren’t more women selected as candidates? Patriarchy alone is not a sufficient explanation for the lack of women in candidate selection for the recently held local elections, by Seira Tamang (rec 16/05/2022)

Disillusioned voters : The truth of the matter is that people are fed up with the antics of politicians (kpVote count disrupted in two places in Jhapa (kh 16/05/2022) [!!!]

Local polls: Nepali Congress looks set to gain, and also to be saviour of Maoists : UML reacts with charges of rigging as alliance seems to have worked to give the odds in favour of ruling parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/05/2022), NC leading in nationwide vote count tally (rep 16/05/2022)

Nepalis in general love to vote. Why is turnout low then? Disenchantment? In Kathmandu Metropolitan City, poll officials say, just half of the registered voters showed up to cast their ballot, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/05/2022)

Festering political feud resulted in violent election day, observers say : Single-phase vote also stressed security, making forces unable to contain the violence, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/05/2022)

Call for action against those who made it difficult for persons with disabilities to vote : Depriving persons with disabilities of their voting right has legal consequences, rights bodies say (kp 15/05/2022)

It takes 32 hours to count 2,424 votes (kh 15/05/2022), Slow vote counting exposes poor skills of Election Commission
Nepal's local polls were held on Friday. The vote counting is taking a long time but Nepal's election management body looks blithely indifferent
(nlt 16/05/2022),
Sluggish vote counting calls for switching to tech-friendly elections : The pace at which ballot papers of municipal elections are being counted is tiring and cumbersome and is a source of controversy, observers say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/05/2022)

People vote with hope and fervour even as they resent politicians, parties : There are some reports of violence in different parts of the country, but the vote was largely peaceful, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/05/2022)

Counting votes within wire fences reflects degrading political culture : Fears of shenanigans have grown, prompting measures like CCTV and fencing, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/05/2022)

On killed in clash between NC and Maoist Center cadres in Solukhumbu (kh 14/05/2022), Two people die in election-related violence in Udayapur, Solukhumbu : Violent clashes, mainly over disputes regarding vote counting, have been reported post-election at several places, by Dilliram Khatiwada and Bhanubhakta Niraula (kp 15/05/2022)

UML cadres accused of beating women in Myagdi (rep 14/05/2022), Police open fire to contain the situation as Deumai polling station Ilam goes tense, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 14/05/2022)

Collection of ballot boxes begins (In pics) (kh 13/05/2022), Voting completed with sporadic incidents (kh 13/05/2022), Vote counting to start from today evening (rep 13/05/2022)

Raute community deprived of voting right, again (rep 13/05/2022)

27% votes cast as of 11:15 am: EC Spokesperson (kh 13/05/2022), 35 percent voter turnout till noon: Election Commission (nlt 13/05/2022). 41% votes cast till 2 PM (rep 13/05/2022), 55 percent votes cast till 4 pm: Election Commission (kh 13/05/2022), EC preliminary estimate puts local election voter turnout at 64 percent (kh 13/05/2022), Voters' turnout not as per expectation; election postponed in 44 polling centers (rep 14/05/2022)

Rights body says elections were not peaceful as expected : Voting stalled in different parts of the country and clashes reported in some area (kp 13/05/2022), Major political parties found violating election code: NHRC (rep 13/05/2022)

Police inspector’s wayward firing kills youth in Udaypur (kh 13/05/2022)

Violent activities reported in several places during local elections : In some places, security personnel fired warning shots to quell the clashes (kp 13/05/2022)

Chits used to cast votes in Bharatpur (rep 13/05/2022)

Local elections: Voting obstructed in 53 polling centers (nlt 13/05/2022)

Registered voters who showed driving licence as identity barred from voting : Election Commission says voter identity card or citizenship certificate or passport, or national identity card were the only identification documents recognised for voting, by Arjun Poudel (kp 13/05/2022)

Voting suspended at two polling centers of Pacharauta (rep 13/05/2022), Voting suspended at three polling centers in Dhankuta (kh 13/05/2022), Voting postponed at four polling centers in Kavre (rep 13/05/2022)

NHRC finds poor arrangements for voters' access to polling centres (ht 13/05/2022)

EC seeks clarification from Bhattarai (kh 13/05/2022)

Local polls: Nepal votes to elect local representatives for the next five years :This is the second time Nepal is voting in the local polls after the country adopted a federal democratic system in 2015 following the promulgation of a new constitution, by Ashim Neupane and Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 13/05/2022), Nepalis head to the polls to shape the country’s future (kh 13/05/2022), Tell your own story : Citizens can decide whether they want to elect somebody who governs them or serves them (kp 13/05/2022)

Enthusiastic voters exercise their franchise (Photo Feature) (kh 13/05/2022)

Elderly dies in course of exercising franchise in Baitadi (kh 13/05/2022)

Clashes reported in different places on election day : Clashes between cadres of different political parties have occurred in Humla, Dolakha, Bara and Okhaldhunga among other districts (nlt 13/05/2022), Tensions in Sindhupalchowk’s Jyamire, Army moves forward to take the situation under control (kh 13/05/2022), Polling affected as firing goes in Ramechhap (kp 13/05/2022), Aerial Firing at Kumbhakarna, Dhanusha (kh 13/05/2022), Ballot boxes vandalized in Dakneshwari, Saptari, by Raghab Sharma (kh 13/05/2022), 15 people injured in a clash at Gadhimai, Rautahat (rep 13/05/2022), Voting postponed due to clash at Shailyashikhar, Darchula (kh 13/05/2022), 10 injured in Kharpunath clash (kh 13/05/2022), Ballot papers torn in Achham, polling postponed in two centers (kh 13/05/2022), Voting at Dakneshwori Municipality-2 to take place on Sunday (kh 13/05/2022), Volunteer injured in Gorkha firing (kh 13/05/2022), Locals run away with ballot boxes in Rautahat (kh 13/05/2022), Clashes broke out in 16 places, warning shots fired in eight places on election day : Two injured in Khukuri altercation in Kohalpur (kh 13/05/2022), Byas Municipality mayoral candidate Joshi injured in assault (kh 13/05/2022), Widespread tension in Sarlahi: Aerial shots fired at three places, polling officials beaten, by Madan Thakur (rep 13/05/2022)

Major political parties found violating election code: NHRC (kh 13/05/2022)

Pollution a passing reference in Capital’s mayoral race, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 12/05/2022)

Why aren’t political parties talking about earthquakes?, by Cilla Khatry (ae 12/05/2022)

Implications of low women representation in local polls, by Neelam Dhanuse (rep 12/05/2022)

Confusing ballot design may lead to a large number of invalid votes, experts fear : Democracy activists, intellectuals and political parties are worried that the number of invalid votes might be high due to a jumbo ballot paper and confusion over alliance's candidates, by Abiral Gautam (nlt 12/05/2022)

The more teeth to poll commission, the stronger democracy will be, observers say : There are laws but the election body lacks resources—human and financial—to crack down on wrongdoers, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/05/2022)

Everything you need to know before you go vote, by Sanjeet M Rajbhandari (rec 12/05/2022)

People are leaving Valley in droves to cast votes in the local polls : Many wait for hours to get seats with most vehicles exiting Kathmandu jam-packed, by Shuvam Dhungana and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/05/2022), BP Highway sees heavy traffic in days before elections : Thousands of people are leaving for their home districts to exercise their franchise, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp 12/05/2022)

Transgender people’s qualms continue as Nepal votes in local polls tomorrow : While the Election Commission has taken some steps to try and create a safe voting environment for transgender people, activists say that there is still a lack of nuanced understanding of transgender issues, by Shranup Tandukar (kp 12/05/2022)

260 thousand security persons mobilized for local election (kh 12/05/2022)

Local Polls : Parties Put Heavy Stakes, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

Local election: Are candidates aware of climate issues?, by Ghanashyam Khanal and Yatish Acharya (ht 12/05/2022)

Despite pre-election clashes, polls may pass relatively peacefully, observers say : Police say as many as 62 cases of clashes have been reported between April 24 and Tuesday, May 10, but expect violence to subside with the silent period in force, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/05/2022)

Will local elections shape Nepal’s future? (kh 12/05/2022)

EC enhances mechanism to monitor implementation of code of conduct (kh 12/05/2022)

NWC urges to prevent violence against women during election (kh 12/05/2022)

27 media outlets face music; 25 journos warned off on first day of silence period (kh 12/05/2022)

77 % of votes cast in mock polls invalid (kh 12/05/2022)

Nine candidates die as May 13 local poll inches closer (kh 12/05/2022)

20 injured as NC and Maoist Center cadres clash with each other (kh 12/05/2022) [Nice alliance!]

The oligarchy celebrates local polls : The fundamental appeal of municipal polls lies in their ideological vacuity, by CK Lal (kp 11/05/2022)

Local election manifesto: More ritualistic, less realistic, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 11/05/2022)

Expenditure limit for candidates contesting Nepal’s local polls 2022: Here’s how much they can spend (nlt 11/05/2022)

Lack of voter education in Achham villages may lead to invalid votes : Both parties and their candidates have failed to give due importance to the voter education campaign. As a result, many eligible voters are unaware of the voting process creating high chances of invalid votes, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 11/05/2022)

Election Commission seeks clarification from Dahal, Rana : The poll body has written to them, asking if their recent remarks at campaigns amounted to threatening voters (kp 11/05/2022)

Gradual improvement in election process: Report (ht 11/05/2022) [???]

UML and NC cadres clash in Surkhet, six including four police injured (kh 11/05/2022)

Election silence period: What cannot be done? (nlt 11/05/2022)

2,946 polling centers highly sensitive; 260,000 security personnel deployed (kh 11/05/2022)

Over 1,500 teachers resign on the eve of local polls (rep 11/05/2022) [????]

In case you lose your voter ID, you can still vote by showing your citizenship card, by Hari Krishna Gautam (rep 11/05/2022)

Citizens leaving Kathmandu Valley to cast their votes (kh 11/05/2022) [Nepal must make it mandatory that its citizens are registered where they live, not where they were born. Then they won't have to travel for elections either!]

Schools to remain closed for six days starting today (kh 11/05/2022) [????]

Returning Officers reach all voting centres (kh 11/05/2022)

Remove poll campaign content from social media, CEC tells contestants (ht 11/05/2022)

Nomination set for today after candidate’s demise (kh 11/05/2022)

New voters being provided with voter ID cards today and tomorrow (kh 11/05/2022)

Imports via Rasuwagadhi checkpoint halted (kh 11/05/2022)

Kishore Thapa: ‘The goal is to establish a new political narrative and develop a new political culture’ (interview) (rec 10/05/2022)

About half of Nepal’s voters will not be able to cast their votes in local polls (rep 10/05/2022)

Despite law, Nepal fails to achieve Dalit women representation in wards : Parties say they failed to find candidates, an argument Dalit activists do not agree with, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/05/2022)

For people with disabilities, there are barriers galore to right to voting: Secrecy, lack of ballot papers with tactile relief, and tall tables are key infrastructural issues, by Aakash Chaudhary (kp 10/05/2022), Family can assist visually impaired in voting (ht 10/05/2022), Voting rights for all : Persons with disabilities in Nepal continue to be excluded from the electoral process (kp 11/05/2022)

Regulating social media during election silence period to be challenge (kh 10/05/2022)

UML and JSP strike deal to maintain electoral coordination in Palungtar Municipality, Gorkha (kh 10/05/2022)

Deputy mayoral candidate of Maharajgunj municipality Kurmi dies (kh 10/05/2022)

Former Chief Election Commissioner Yadav denied “special observer” role (kh 10/05/2022)

All results of local polls will be published by May 19: CEC Thapaliya (interview) (rep 10/05/2022)

Border checkpoints to be closed from today (kh 10/05/2022), Silence period for May 13 local polls to begin from today midnight : Election campaign and publicity forbidden (kh 10/05/2022), ‘Publicity materials around polling booth to be removed before silence period commences” (kh 10/05/2022)

Who is Kathmandu Metropolis Mayor?, by Sarin Ghimire (kh 10/05/2022)

What to know: Nepal’s local elections 2022 : The local elections are taking place on May 13 across Nepal. Here are some important data and insights you need to know about the elections, by Pragya Lamsal (nlt 09/05/2022)

‘Vote for those with commitment to address women’s issues’ (kh 09/05/2022)

Balen Shah: A youth icon, and a ray of hope amid politics of despair. Balen Shah has emerged as a symbol of hope for change, an icon for those who are deeply dissatisfied with established political parties to look up to in Kathmandu, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 09/05/2022)

All roar, no bite: Poll body says will monitor spending. Experts doubt : The Election Commission has announced it will deploy officials to monitor campaign expenditures, but analysts say they see little chance of action against overspending, a key source of corruption, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/05/2022)

In Madhesh Province, the political landscape is changing : Analysts say the CPN-UML will likely gain from the deep divisions in the Madhesi parties and the alliance politics of five ruling forces, by Anil Giri (kp 09/05/2022) [KP Oli has also pursued a sometimes brutal anti-Madhesh policy since 2015 and has shown no understanding for the concerns of the Tarai people. It is hard to imagine that the people have already forgotten this!]

Poll staff, election materials airlifted to remote Chhangru and Tinkar areas (rn 09/05/2022)

Border checkpoints to remain closed for three days (kh 09/05/2022), Borders to be sealed for 72 hours before elections : The government has decided to close all international border points from May 10 midnight to May 13 midnight, by Matrika Dahal (kp 09/05/2022)

Ballot papers reach all 77 districts; 78,000 ballot boxes readied (kh 09/05/2022)

EC issues directives for installing CC cameras at all vote counting stations (nlt 09/05/2022)

4 temporary police personnel die; 48 terminated (kh 09/05/2022)

One-third votes cast in Surkhet invalid (kh 08/05/2022) [in mock polling; the alienating nature of the alliance politics of the party leaders makes the already complicated local elections even more complicated!]

Local Level Election: Number of adult candidates much higher as compared to other age groups (kh 08/05/2022) [All candidates are adults!!!]

Candidates wooing voters with booze, mutton (ht 08/05/2022)

EC urges not to use flags of other parties (rep 08/05/2022), EC warns against use of other party flags, election symbols (ht 08/05/2022)

Majority of local levels see old faces (ht 08/05/2022)

Local Polls: A Democratic Milestone, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 08/05/2022)

EC deploys monitoring teams in different districts that are deemed ‘security sensitive’ (rep 08/05/2022)

EC can address doubts; remain pivotal to electoral security, by Abhaya R Joshi (kh 08/05/2022)

EC seeks clarification from 37 individuals for violating code of conduct (kh 08/05/2022)

Unidentified person attacks election candidate with khukuri (kh 08/05/2022)

EC tightens screw against code of conduct breach (kh 07/05/2022)

Not just UML, Congress and Maoist Centre, many unheard of parties are also contesting local polls : Some of the political parties registered for the May 13 elections have quirky and peculiar names (kp 07/05/2022)

Vehicles to be barred from Nepal's roads on May 13 (ht 07/05/2022)

Election hits school enrolment campaign : School enrolment campaign has not been able to make much headway since most people are either out participating in political rallies or listening to the political campaigners, say educators, by Samjhana Rasaili (kp 07/05/2022)

Arzu under fire for her remarks to stop grants where Congress loses : Analysts say her remarks reflect a lack of understanding of how the state functions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 07/05/2022) [This is not only offensive, it is criminal and corrupt!]

Local polls more complicated now to predict with alliance politics and splits : Despite Deuba’s wish and Dahal-Nepal’s compulsion, their poll partnership did not take off well, and UML hopes gains, by Anil Giri (kp 07/05/2022)

PM Deuba flies to Damauli from Butwal on Nepali Army chopper (kh 07/05/2022) [????]

Transportation of ballot papers completed: Election Commission (nlt 07/05/2022)

4,000 employees being deployed for election (kh 07/05/2022) [And they will be deprived of voting themselves!], Army takes over security in critical areas (kh 07/05/2022) [They will not be allowed to vote either!]

Call to facilitate participation of persons with disabilities (kh 07/05/2022)

UML cadres attack Maoist Center election candidates in Sindhupalchowk (kh 07/05/2022)

Sale and distribution of alcohol prohibited in Baitadi (kh 07/05/2022)

Baby on her back, Dalit mother on campaign trail : Mina Biswakarma is standing for municipality chair in Myagdi to uplift her community, by Anita Bhetwal (nt 06/05/2022)

Elections in the age of social media : Candidates for the local level elections are advertising more and more on social media, especially Facebook, presenting the Election Commission with new problems it must account for, by Samik Kharel (rec 06/05/2022)

Exploring the barriers to the right to inclusive election in Nepal : Despite elaborate provisions on including persons with disabilities in political and public life in Nepal, political participation by persons with disabilities remains minimal, by Dev Datta Joshi (rec 06/05/2022)

Local Polls Deepen Democracy, by Bhupa P Dhamala (rn 06/05/2022) [But not if they are appropriated and controlled by the national level!]

Domestic flights to remain closed on election day (May 13) (rep 06/05/2022)

Only vehicles with permission to be allowed to ply on voting day (rn 06/05/2022)

Candidates ask yarsa pickers to stay back for polls but few are interested : Many people are in a hurry to go to the uplands this harvesting season since they haven’t been able to make the journey in the last two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic, by DB Budha (kp 06/05/2022)

170 seats for Dalit women representatives go unclaimed, by Rajkarabn Mahato (ae 05/05/2022)

Electoral syndicate against women : From the first election, one thing that hasn't changed is the politics of hegemonic masculinity, by Chandra Bhadra and Sucheta Pyakuryal (kp 05/05/2022)

EC’s Push For Electoral Reform, by Mukti Rijal (rn 05/05/2022)

Cause of rebel candidature: Party indiscipline or wrong modus operandi?, by Jibaraj Pokharel (ht 05/05/2022)

Political parties flouting poll code in Bhaktapur (ht 05/05/2022)

NC and Maoist Center cadres clash with each other in Rukum West (kh 05/05/2022)

EC writes to Home Ministry urging to call back SP Shahi deployed at joint election cell (kh 05/05/2022)

EC directs candidates, political parties to spend through banking system (kp 04/05/2022)

Complaint filed at Election Office against PM Deuba over his proposed Chitwan visit (rep 04/05/2022)

Parties violating election code of conduct in Bajura (ht 04/05/2022)

Valley’s female candidates outline their women-related commitments : The candidates, vying for two top executive posts at local units in the Kathmandu Valley, promised they’d ensure a violence-free, safe and empowering environment for women (kp 03/05/2022)

CEC Thapaliya calls on mass media to aware people on voting rights (kh) [Also on the voting rights of election workers, security personnel and the millions of migrant workers that have been denied by politicians for years, despite clear directives from the Supreme Court?]

Election Commission has stricter code of conduct but lacks mechanism to monitor it : Observers find many clauses impractical as neither parties can follow them nor officials can check compliance, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/05/2022)

Final list for polls : The EC should leave no stone unturned to take legal action against those who violate the code of conduct (ht 02/05/2022)

20,000 observers of 68 organisations to observe local poll (rn 02/05/2022)

Local election: No candidacy in 149 Dalit woman members (rn 02/05/2022)

10 candidates elected unopposed in Taplejung local polls (kh 02/05/2022)

Election Commission seeks clarification from Ktm mayoral candidate Sthapit (kh 02/05/2022)

Voters in Birgunj are perplexed as to who to vote for because of alliance politics : Since the Madhes Movement, the parties that championed it have splintered and ultimately joined hands with the forces they once rebelled against, puzzling voters, Tufan Neupane and Bhusan Yadav (kp 01/05/2022)

EC warns of action against anyone publishing poll-related fake info on social media (kh 01/05/2022)

Listen to the locals, by Parmeshwar Devkota (rn 01/05/2022)

Row Of Rebel Candidates, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 01/05/2022)

Ballot papers remain to be sent to 17 districts only (kh 01/05/2022)

Poll candidate dies (kh 01/05/2022)

EC receives 300 queries on local polls a day (ht 01/05/2022)

Women leaders from across the political spectrum say they feel constrained : Their representation in local elections has been trimmed but they cannot speak up. Female politicians say the fight will continue though, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 30/04/2022)

As alliance parties threaten rebel candidates, Election Commission says that’s criminal act : The election body states that the threats violate citizens’ legal and constitutional right to take part in elections, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/04/2022) [When will the so-called top politicians finally be punished appropriately for their constant high-handed behaviour? Non-election of such persons and their protégés would be an appropriate response!], Ruling alliance to take action against cadres violating directives (kh 01/05/2022)

12,789 independent candidates getting election symbols today (kh 30/04/2022), EC provides election symbols to candidates (kh 30/04/2022), Local level poll candidates receive election symbols (rep 30/04/2022)

Over 4,000 withdraw candidacies, by Ranju Kafle(rn 30/04/2022), More than 8,000 withdraw candidacies (ht 01/05/2022)

Bajura Dalits in fix following CPN-UML's bifurcation (ht 30/04/2022)

RPP expresses concern over death threat issued against the party’s candidate (rep 30/04/2022)

EC to provide election symbols to candidates today (kh 30/04/2022)

Border checkpoints to be closed for three days before local polls (rep 30/04/2022)

All people’s representatives elected unopposed in Gurja (kh 30/04/2022)

Whose election is it anyway? Kin and clan networks will once again play a formidable role in determining victory margins, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 29/04/2022)

Don’t force anyone to withdraw candidacy: Election Commission (rep 29/04/2022)

Poll panel's new directive unfair to fairer sex : Can affect women's representation in civic bodies as parties prefer to oblige alliance partners, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/04/2022)

Election Commission tells local govts to compulsorily install CCTV cameras 7at vote counting venues (rep 29/04/2022)

Candidacy withdrawal open till 5 pm today : EC to publish final list of candidates (kh 29/04/2022)

Rebel candidates refuse to heed party orders to withdraw from race : Election Commission officials say it is against the code of conduct to pressure the candidates to pull out, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/04/2022) [Just to remind you: In November 1994, "rebel candidates" caused Girija's defeat after he refused to meet Ganesh Man Singh's legitimate demands!]

17.7 mln ballot papers of required 19.4 mln printed so far (kh 29/04/2022)

EC asks govt to declare public holiday on May 13, seeks permission to use physical infrastructures of local govts (rep 29/04/2022)

5,251 queries registered in EC call center in past 30 days (kh 29/04/2022)

Curbing Monetary Muscle In Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn 28/04/2022)

Alliance politics impacts female candidacy in local level elections : Close to 41 percent women had won in 2017, but fewer will be elected this time, with nomination number itself down, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/04/2022), Fewer women this time : Underrepresentation of women in politics has long-term drawbacks (kp 29/04/2022)

As many as 152,465 candidates register nominations for 35,221 posts for local election (kh 28/04/2022), EC to publish name-list of candidates today (kh 28/04/2022)

Action taken against media violating election code of conduct (kh 28/04/2022)

Experts suggest measures to make election process fair and transparent : Experts said while there are a number of laws and policies in place to regulate and monitor the political parties and their acts, weak implementation has led to rising cases of anomalies and violations of election code of conduct (nlt 27/04/2022)

Voting: A Voice Of The Voiceless, by Balmukunda Regmi (rn 27/04/2022) [But only if candidates are also nominated who represent their interests and not those imposed by the central party leadership!]

Low Women Candidacy Breaches Statute, by Namrata Sharma (rn 27/04/2022)

Coalition partners seek electoral alliance within camp (rn 27/04/2022) [These so-called top politicians simply do not want to understand that in the federal system they have no right to prescribe such things to the local level!]

EC to look into nomination papers and complaints today and tomorrow (kh 27/04/2022)

Pindalbari folk pledge votes to those who will build bridge over Biring River : The remote village in Jhapa is cut off from the rest of the district for most of the year due to rise in water level, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 27/04/2022)

Believing in democracy, once-extremist forces of Chand and Raut are joining the poll fray : The hardliners joining the elections is a good move and it does not matter whether they win or lose, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/04/2022)

Hard to retain last election’s achievements with less women candidates this time (kh 26/04/2022)

Nomination for Dalit women member nil in seven wards of Humla (kh 26/04/2022)

20,000 observers from 68 organizations to be deployed for local polls (kh 26/04/2022)

Election paraphernalia dispatched to all 77 districts (ht 26/04/2022)

Keshav Sthapit’s candidacy for Kathmandu mayor sparks furore : Sthapit has been accused of sexual harassment by at least two women, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 26/04/2022) [He should not run for any political office until a court has certified his innocence!]

Chheten becomes ward no 7 chair of Phaktanglung Rural Municipality unopposed (kh 26/04/2022)

Local Election 2022 : Expectation vs reality, by Ayushma Maharjan (nlt 25/04/2022)

Ensuring that local polls are truly free and fair, by Alok Pokharel (rec 25/04/2022)

Local elections: Today is final day for nomination filing (kh 25/04/2022), 48,197 candidates file nominations for May 13 local election
Number likely to increase: EC
(kh 25/04/2022), Over 100,000 nominations filed for local polls : Ruling coalition sees discord and discontent in some districts with some challenging the alliance politics, by Anil Giri and Tika R Pradhan (kp), Local elections 2022: 137,043 candidates file nominations across country (kh 26/04/2022), Number of candidates filing nomination for local polls crosses 141,000 (kh 26/04/2022)

Everything you need to know about May 13 local polls : As many as 79 parties are registered to contest elections at the local level (kp 24/04/2022)

Poll Alliances And Discontents, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 24/04/2022)

Time for Election Commission to set example by enforcing code of conduct : Observers say candidates easily spend beyond limit as there were no actions in such cases in the past, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/04/2022)

Candidates filing nominations for local polls today and tomorrow (nlt 24/04/2022), Candidacy registration for May 13 local election begins today (kh 24/04/2022)

Election publicity materials removed (kh 24/04/2022)

Alliance for local polls raises spectre of the notorious ‘all-party mechanisms’ : The so-called all-party committees were a tool for the parties to share the spoils, and experts fear a repeat of the practice that will degenerate into kleptocracy, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/04/2022)

Local elections 2022: 168,000 security personnel to be mobilized (kh 23/04/2022) [And they will all not be given the opportunity to exercise their own right to vote!]

AWC appeals voters not to vote human rights violators (kh 23/04/2022)

EC asks leaders in closed list of PR system to remove names if they want to contest local polls (kh 23/04/2022)

Govt to use private helicopters in local level election (rep 23/04/2022)

EC categorizes over 50 percent voting centers in Madhes province as ‘most sensitive’ (kh 22/04/2022)

Election alliance : The outcome of the local polls will be largely decided by the 3.6 million new generation voters (ht 22/04/2022)

“Voters should exercise their sovereign rights while voting”, interview with Laxman Phuyal (kh 21/04/2022)

EC develops tough provisions for election monitoring (ht 21/04/2022)

Ruling coalition ‘decides’ to field candidacy of Srijana Singh as KMC mayor (rep 20/04/2022)

Ruling coalition to finalize distribution of metropolises and sub metropolises today (kh 19/04/2022) [Nepal is a federal state. Nominating candidates for local elections is not the responsibility of national party leaders!]

Half the ballot papers for upcoming polls printed (ht 19/04/2022)

Elected representatives need to resign if they wish to contest again : Supreme Court quashes petition against poll commission’s mandatory requirement of resignation (kp 19/04/2022) [This is now binding law, but still not rationally comprehensible. The then Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi did not even resign from his position as CJ in 2013 when he took over as head of the executive.]

Dalits demand respectable, proportional representation in upcoming elections (ht 18/04/2022)

Joint Election Operation Center to be established for May 13 local polls : The JEOC has the main responsibility to make necessary coordination to establish election offices and facilitate to submit progress reports related to election programs run by district election offices (nlt 18/04/2022)

Correct Information Key To Fair Polls, by Ballav Dahal (rn 18/04/2022)

As political parties focus on winning seats, electorate takes a back seat : Polling day is only 26 days away, but none of the parties except for Rastriya Janamorcha has unveiled their manifesto for the local level election, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/04/2022)

Election alliances of Nepali parties: sense or nonsense in local elections?, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 17/04/2022), Alliance politics may help parties but for first-time voters, it comes with confusion : During local level elections, an adult votes for seven candidates. Remembering all the symbols and cross-party candidates will be difficult, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/04/2022), In desperate bid, UML collaborates with two fringe parties on polls : As the five parties take forward their electoral alliance plan, the opposition party makes boastful claims even while pursuing any potential tie-up, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/04/2022)

EC determines election symbols for parties (rep 17/04/2022)

Nation engrossed in election (kh 17/04/2022)

NC’s Joshi faction to forge electoral alliance with UML in Tanahun (kh 17/04/2022)

EC deploys 77 chiefs, 676 returning officers for local election (kh 17/04/2022)

‘If problems appear in some local units, alliance members will have friendly competition’ : Maoist Centre leader Barsha Man Pun speaks on the electoral alliance of ruling parties for local elections, and the economy (interview) (kp 15/04/2022)

Security Plans For Local Elections, by Purushottam Khatri (rn 14/04/2022)

EC for vacating stay on code provision, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 14/04/2022)

Elections law defines circumstances of ballot counting centre capture (ht 14/04/2022), EC's adamancy : The only way to discourage booth capture is for the EC to act tough and not be intimidated by anyone (ht 15/04/2022)

Dr. Deuba calls for electoral quotas for women based on proportional inclusion (kh 13/04/2022)

President Bhandari approves army mobilization for local polls (nlt 13/04/2022)

Women’s Participation in Elections in Nepal, by Shreeju Niroula (rep 12/04/2022), Let Women Lead Local Levels, by Namrata Sharma (rn 13/04/2022), Women in politics : One can have all the rules and yet find a million ways to sidestep them (kp 14/04/2022)

Rising campaign spending : Failure to ensure financial transparency will facilitate corruption and cronyism (kp 12/04/2022)

Election year is here. Poll expenses major cause for concern : Questions asked: Who funds politicians and why do they do that? Observers say costly polls are a source of corruption, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/04/2022)

Congress leader Shashank Koirala asked to furnish clarification over his Rs60 million remark : The amount spent is much higher than the ceiling of Rs2.5 million set for an individual candidate (kp 11/04/2022), Shashank gets EC show cause notice (ht 12/04/2022)

Date set but why some are doubting timely polls : Several factors at play including difficulty in forming alliances and petitions at court, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/04/2022)

Election Commission tweaks provision for level representatives to contest polls : People's representatives registering candidacy in the local-level elections should sign a document mentioning not availing government facilities (nlt 09/04/2022)

Financially hard for women to contest elections (kh 09/04/2022), Keep up our local level representation, women leaders urge Deuba, poll body : Parties fighting elections in an alliance are likely not to field women candidates for both top local government positions, taking advantage of a flaw in the law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/04/2022), Election Commission revokes provision to compulsorily field woman candidate : The commission rescinded the decision after the political parties protested against the provision stating that it is against existing laws (nlt 12/04/2022), Election Commission backtracks on its decision related to women’s representation at local level : Now political parties fielding just one candidate for one of the two top local government positions are not compelled to nominate women, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/04/2022) [Since Nepal's macho politicians consider the land to be the exclusive property of men, especially those from Bahun castes, men are likely to be the overwhelming majority of candidates in such cases.]

Election code of conduct 2022: dos and dont’s (kh 09/04/2022)

Election expenditure : Questions Of Accountability, by Keshab Poudel (sp 08/04/2022)

Time to cleanse local governments : If the parties field incompetent and corrupt candidates, voters should reject them, by Dinesh Pant (kp 08/04/2022)

EC ready to make clear code of conduct (kh 08/04/2022), Election code of conduct to come into force from today midnight (kh 08/04/2022)

Election code of conduct to come into force from Friday (kh 07/04/2022), UML objects to provisions in election code of conduct (nlt 07/04/2022)

Voting process is going to be complex as parties go for electoral alliance : Voters of parties in the alliance will have a tough time finding the poll symbols and remembering which party has fielded candidates for which positions, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/04/2022)

Voting rights for Nepalis abroad: Full of promises, lack of action : Political parties have promised suffrage to Nepali citizens living abroad time and again but have not taken definite measures to actually allow them to vote, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 06/04/2022)

Election security: Concerns arise from parties fighting polls : Not much threat from so called armed outfits and those boycotting the vote. Observers and experts say it would be better if parties fix their rifts and conflict, by Anil Giri (kp 06/04/2022)

Poll preparation, monitoring panel formed (ht 06/04/2022) [There must be poll monitoring independent from government and political parties!]

Election Commission issues directives to compulsorily field woman candidate (nlt 05/04/2022)

EC holding meeting with leaders of political parties today : To seek written commitment on election code of conduct (kh 05/4/2022), Leaders engage in heated argument in meeting called by EC to discuss local polls (rep 05/04/2022) [The party leaders prove once again that they are unwilling to abide by democratic principles and prefer unlawful behaviour!], Election code of conduct in question after the UML refuses to sign it : Experts fault Election Commission for failing to win the confidence of all parties registered to contest the polls, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/04/2022)

UN, development partners and AIN concerned over possible coercion, force or intimidation directed at their staff or partners in upcoming polls : "We are particularly concerned when our staff and projects face challenges, such as pressure from any stakeholder to provide donations or in-kind assistance," reads the joint statement (nlt 05/04/2022)

Ballot papers for 747 local levels to be printed by May first week (kp 04/04/2022)

Campaign launched to field independent candidates in local level election (kh 01/04/2022)

Youths head for India in droves indifferent to elections : Say earning livelihoods and feeding their families are more important to them, by Thakur Singh Tharu and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 01/04/2022) [It is the criminal failure of the previous Oli government, but of course also of the present Deuba government, to have simply and purposefully disregarded the SC's directive on the participation of migrant workers in the elections! It has already been established for five years that 2022 is an election year!]

Printing of ballot papers for local polls begins (kh 01/04/2022)

Kathmandu is most populous district. But it comes third in voter numbers : Officials, experts see national Capital hosting more migrants than permanent dwellers and lack of interest among youths in politics as possible reasons for lower voter count, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/03/2022)

EC to impose election code of conduct from April 8 (kh 31/03/2022), Tackling Electoral Offences, by Mukti Rijal (rn 31/03/2022)

Election staff must arrive at polling stations three days in advance (rep 31/03/2022) [And what about the opportunity for these staff members to vote themselves? This is a fundamental right of all Nepalese, and the government must ensure that this right can be exercised.]

‘Out of compulsion’: Ruling coalition’s electoral alliance easier said than done : Nepali Congress needs it, but the Maoists need it more. Leaders and analysts say there are complications galore, by Anil Giri (kp 31/03/2022), Ruling coalition agrees to forge electoral alliance in local polls (kh 31/03/2022)

EC tightens noose on contractors aspiring to become local level poll candidates (kh 30/03/2022), Candidate In Local Polls Should Make 19-Point Self-Declaration: EC (rn 30/03/2022)

JEMC to print ballot papers under cover of 150 security personnel (kh 29/03/2022), Army To Safeguard Ballot Paper Printing Station, by Purushottam Khatri (rn 29/03/2022)

17.73 million plus voters to take part in local level polls (kh 28/03/2022)

EC decides to provide 73 small parties their own election symbols (kh 28/03/2022), EC allows fringe parties to contest polls with respective election symbols (rep 29/03/2022)

EC calls for registration for election observation (rep 27/03/2022)

Poll commission plans video tracking of ballot counting : Election officials says local governments should purchase and install the system, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/03/2022), High-tech surveillance : Political leaders cannot be trusted to allow the elections to happen freely and fairly (kp 25/03/2022)

EC To Print 20 Million Ballot Papers For Local Level Election (rn 24/03/2022)

Local Polls Bolster Democracy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 23/03/2022)

Political parties reiterate commitment to give voting rights to Nepalis abroad (rep 21/03/2022) [This statement by the political parties is simply a lie. The SC's prescription has been there for years. Neither the Oli nor the Deuba government, nor the parties involved in them, have done anything to implement it. The right to vote belongs to all Nepali citizens, including the helpers and security personnel deployed on election day, including the many people who are denied citizenship papers by the state for gender-discriminatory reasons!], No voting rights for Nepalis abroad, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/03/2022), Disenfranchised – millions of Nepalis have no voting rights : Despite the outsized impact that migrant workers have on Nepal, they are still unable to vote in elections as Nepal has no provisions for absentee voting, by Marissa Taylor (rec 21/03/2022), Voting rights : If 115 countries can realise out-of-country voting, there is no reason why Nepal cannot do so (ht 22/03/2022)

EC to not allow int’l organizations to observe local level elections (kh 20/03/2022), PM Deuba says govt committed to holding free, fair elections (kh 20/03/2022) [This must be confirmed by independent observers. The advance exclusion of international observers is questionable!]

UML Chair Oli slams EC for giving two days to register candidates in local level election (kh 20/03/2022)

Election Code of Conduct:  Resignation mandatory prior to becoming candidate (kh 18/03/2022) [This rule is nonsense, anti-democratic and a violation of Article 215 of the Constitution, which guarantees a term of five years and does not declare that this term must be shortened if incumbent representatives wish to run again!],  EC's 'unjust' election code kicks up a row : Provision requiring local reps to quit to contest polls condemned, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/03/2022), Writ filed at SC against provision of level representatives to resign for contesting polls (nlt 21/03/2022), Election Commission defends rule requiring local officials to resign before seeking re-election : Officials say rule ensures level playing field for all candidates by preventing possible misuse of state resources, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/03/2022) [But that does not justify a constitutional violation. The harshest possible punishment of the incumbents running again in case of misconduct without ifs and buts could be an option.], Supreme Court stays rule requiring resignation by local officials seeking re-election : Clause 36 of the Election Code of Conduct says elected officials seeking re-election must resign before filing their nomination for the upcoming local elections (kp22/03/2022)

EC to register candidates for local level election on April 24 and 25 (kh 18/03/2022)

Residents Of Limi Village, Humla, Select Their Ward Chair, Members Before Election, by Rajan Raut (rn 18/03/2022)

Local elections 2022 likely to beat spending records : Finance Ministry allocates more than 14.5 billion for May 13 election excluding army expenses, by Raghab Sharma (kh 16/03/2022), Poll expenditure cap 'unrealistic', by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 16/03/2022), Finance Ministry approves Rs 14.45 billion for local polls (nlt 16/03/2022)

As Election Nears, Trend Of Switching Parties Rises In Madhes, by Shiva Shankar Mishra (rn 16/03/2022)

EC approves guidelines and procedures for local polls (nlt 15/03/2022)

Fringe parties threaten to boycott polls (ht 15/03/2022), Just demand : Inability of the fringe parties to solicit votes under one election symbol will only add to the campaign cost (ht 16/03/2022), Election Commission working to resolve election symbol issue: CEC Thapaliya (kh 16/03/2022)

Local level elections: 4,000 polling centers being added (kh 15/03/2022)

Local Level Election : Issues of Political Representation, by Rajendra Bahadur Singh (rep 14/03/2022)

Women serving as deputies at local units aspire to take up executive roles : As local elections near, women representatives, however, doubt the male-dominated parties where patriarchy is deep-rooted will make way for them, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/03/2022)

Fringe parties demand level playing field : As local elections draw close, candidates not getting uniform symbols puts them at a disadvantage, politicians say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/03/2022)

EC sets ceiling of expenditures for candidates during polls : Mayor of Metropolis can spend up to Rs 750,000 (kh 12/03/2022), EC puts cap on poll expenditure (ht 12/03/2022)

Strengthening female representation : Women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions reflects a combination of the design of the quota system and party nomination behaviour, by Rohini Pande, Michael Callen, Binod Paudel and Satish Wasti (kp 11/03/2022)

Not much has been done to address problem of invalid votes : Local level polls are just two months away, but the Election Commission has yet to start voter education, which can hugely reduce the number of votes that go void, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/03/2022)

EC registers 79 political parties for local election : Refuses to register Rishi Kattel’s party citing documents (kh 11/03/2022)

Finance Ministry nods to hiring 100,000 temporary police personnel for local election (kh 11/03/2022)

EC holding meeting with representatives of 17 parties today : To apprise them of election preparations (kh 11/03/2022)

Voters unlikely to get right to reject candidates in local level elections ; Court’s eight-year-old ruling to give people right to cast negative votes yet to be implemented for the lack of a law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/03/2022) [To this day, the autocratic politicians do not want to understand that decisions of the Supreme Court are binding law that the executive and the legislature have to abide by.], Voters Must Reject The Corrupt, by Mukti Rijal (rn 10/03/2022), None of the above : Citizens should get to show they prefer a non-existent entity to a politician that betrays them (kp 11/03/2022)

Ballot papers made green to facilitate vote counting: EC (rep 10/03/2022), Opposition red over plans to print poll symbols in green
Observers say parties should focus on manifestos rather than squabble over ballot colour
, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/03/2022)

Electoral alliance and Prachanda’s election mathematics, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 06/03/2022)

What lies behind the upward trend of resignation among public school teachers in Nepal : Nepal is expected to vote for local level representatives in May this year, and teachers, who hold significant social and political clout in local levels, aspire for various posts. A government job, however, disallows them from contesting the elections (nlt 05/03/2022)

Heating Up : Three New Political Parties Register For Local Elections (sp 04/03/2022)

EC calls for complaints on voter-list from today (kh 04/03/2022)

EC secures Rs 8.11 billion from govt to manage local level election (kh 03/03/2022)

Reining In Poll Expenses, by Mukti Rijal (rn 03/03/2022)

Around 20 million ballot papers to be printed for local polls: EC (nlt 01/03/2022)

80 political parties apply for registrations in EC (kh 28/02/2022), 80 political parties to contest local polls (kh 01/03/2022)

109 Political Parties Registered At EC (rn 22/02/2022)

Political parties focused on local elections (ht 22/02/2022)

Election Commission asks parties to register for local level elections : In 85 days from now, the elections will be held in a single phase to choose new representatives for 753 local units (kp 18/02/2022)

What if… voters got to reject candidates?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 17/02/2022) [What do the high-handed politicians care about a ruling of the Supreme Court?], Right to reject : What we need is a mechanism for the public to express its disappointment with politicians (ae 17/02/2022) [There are probably not many countries where this is as urgently needed as in Nepal!]

Govt preparing to add 13 local units ahead of polls (nlt 17/02/2022)

SC issues order to register writ petition against local elections (nlt 17/02/2022)

Federal spirit in local elections : The parties should let their subnational organisational entities distribute election tickets, by Achyut Wagle (kp 15/02/2022)

Implement SC order to enable Nepalis abroad to vote' (ht 15/02/2022)

Teenagers turning 18 a-day before local level election date to be eligible for casting vote (kh 14/02/2022)

EC to register parties for local polls from Thursday (kh 14/02/2022), Registration of parties for local polls kicks off from today (kh 17/02/2022)

Election Commission to begin daily press briefing from today (kh 13/02/2022)

EC seeks an additional Rs 40 billion to conduct local level election: Minister Sharma (rep 11/02/2022)

Will people from Kalapani region get to exercise their franchise? There’s no voter list update. Nor does the poll body know which local units it is supposed to conduct elections in, by Prithvi man Shrestha and Anil Giri (kp 10/02/2022) [Sorry, but given the current circumstances, this question sounds ridiculous!]

Janamat Party Chair Raut warns of obstructing elections if farmers’ demands not addressed (kh 09/02/2022)

EC urges Ministry of Federal Affairs for making arrangements of necessary materials for local election (kh 08/02/2022), Home Minister and Finance Minister discuss election budget (kh 09/02/2022)

Govt decides to hold local polls on May 13 (rep 07/02/2022), Government decides to hold local level polls on May 13 : Those elected from second and third phases of polls in 2017 say they would challenge the move in the court, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/02/2022) [This doesn't have to be a problem. The elections can be held nationwide on one day. But those elected in 2017 will not be replaced by the newly elected until their five-year terms expire.], Some 1.6 Million New Voters Enlisted In A Year (rn 08/02/2022), Supreme Court moved against govt’s decision to hold local polls in May : Representatives elected in the second and third phases of the earlier local-level polls will not be able to serve for full five years if the polls are held in May, the petitioner has argued (nlt 09/02/2022), Supreme Court rejects petition challenging the date of local election : The petitioner, who approached the court arguing May 13 polls will deprive thousands of elected representatives of their right to five-year term, says he will appeal against the court’s refusal (kp 09/02/2022)

EC calls for application to design ballot papers (kh 05/02/2022)

Holding local level elections on May 18 may not end legal complications : Representatives elected in the second and third phases of the local level polls conducted in 2017 can move court asserting their right to serve for full five years, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/02/2022)

Election Commission estimates local-level elections to cost Rs 12 billion (nlt 03/02/2022)

Government, Election Commission agree to hold local polls on May 18 at one go : As Election Commission officials and the prime minister agreed on the date it will be formally announced through a cabinet decision soon (kp 01/02/2022), Government, poll authority agree to conduct local level elections on May 18 : Date yet to be officially announced, but it goes in line with the opposition demand and not to the liking of Prime Minister Deuba’s coalition partners, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/02/2022)

Election Commission Estimates Local Elections To Cost Rs. 12 Bln (rn 01/02/2022)

Local level elections: Law revision must or not? Depends who you ask : Ruling alliance says it will amend Acts to make them compatible with the constitution. First declare dates; if it’s by May 19, there is no need, the main opposition says, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 31/01/2022)

What constitution and election laws say about local level polls : Politicians and experts are divided over constitutional provisions and poll-related laws. Interpretations are different, by Tika R Pradhan and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/01/2022)

Coalition makes a turnabout, agrees to hold local level polls by mid-June : Plans are afoot to align election laws with constitutional provisions. Confusion, however, persists, by Anil Giri (kp 30/01/2022)

Lawyers demand local elections be held on time (rep 30/01/2022)

All politics is local : Local governments elected in 2017 show what the country can look like when people are put first, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 28/01/2022), Think nationally, vote locally : Local government elections cannot be held hostage just because two national parties are afraid they will lose (nt 28/01/2022)

EC invites Law Ministry for discussion on election laws (kh 28/01/2022) [As long as the constitution is not changed, the elections have to take place as mentioned in the constitution, irrespective of what subordinate laws may say!]

Why Local Polls Draw Growing Interest, by Mukti Rijal (rn 27/01/2022)

Unified Socialist candidate Garima Shah gets elected from Sudurpaschim Province (kh 26/01/2022), All Candidates Of Ruling Coalition Elected To NA From Sudurpaschim, Lumbini Provinces (rn 26/01/2022), Ruling alliance secures victory in 18 of 19 seats in National Assembly poll (With list of elected candidates) (rep 27/01/2022), Ruling parties win 18 out of 19 seats in National Assembly elections (nlt 27/01/2022), UML the main sufferer yet a winner in National Assembly elections : The main opposition continues to be the largest party in the upper house despite losing seven seats. The ruling alliance wins in all provinces except Province 1, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/01/2022)

National Assembly Election: Counting underway : Results to be out today itself (kh 26/01/2022)

Local level elections will be held by mid-April 2023: Madhav Nepal (kh 25/01/2022)) [According to Article 225 of the Constitution, local elections must be held five years after the last elections, and at the latest six months later. This is binding. What is written in subordinate laws may not be constitutional and then as irrelevant as the arguments of a handful of male Tagadharis at the head of the government and political parties. Nepal is not their property!], Plan to amend law to delay local polls faces criticism : Parties should not create instability by misinterpreting constitutional provisions, leaders and experts say, by Anil Giri (kp 25/01/2022), EC urges government to fix local election date at the earliest (kh)

EC all set to hold NA polls; voting from 9 am Wednesday (kh 25/01/2022)

Silent period for National Assembly election begins (kh 24/01/2022)

EC directs RPP to remove ‘monarchy’ and ‘Hindu state’ from its statute (kh 23/01/2022), RPP calls office bearers’ meeting as EC asks to remove Hindu state, monarchy from party statute (kh 23/01/2022), RPP to seek political and legal redressal against EC’s call to remove Hindu state, monarchy from party statute (kh 23/01/2022), EC warns of action if RPP does not amend statute, party logo (rep 23/01/2022)

It is govt’s responsibility to shape local level by holding polls: EC (rep 23/01/2022)

'Simultaneous elections not feasible', by Ram Kumar kamat (ht)

What if the local elections are not held on time? As the government is dithering over when to hold the local elections, experts warn that deferring local polls can have consequences on federalism and can also invite constitutional crisis, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 23/01/2022)

Postponing local elections would be unconstitutional and undemocratic: Thapa (kh 20/01/2022) [The constitution allows for a slight postponement of local elections. Whether such a postponement makes sense is another question. Moreover, the constitution overrules the Local Election Act. The latter does not seem to conform to the rules of the Constitution!], Have No Dilemma On Local Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn 20/01/2022)

Ruling alliance agrees to hold local polls in April (nlt 18/01/2022)

NC Election Committee dismisses complaint against Binod Chaudhary (kh 18/01/2022)

Division over local level poll dates as two ruling parties press for delays : CPN-UML for Election Commission-proposed dates while the Congress wants fresh discussion with political forces, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/1/2022), Deuba in poll dilemma— whether to listen to his party or alliance partners : At least two parties in his coalition want three tiers of elections in one go. Congress thinks otherwise, by Anil Giri (kp 17/01/2022)

Political Parties Urge To Hold Local Elections On Time (rn 14/01/2022)

Time to tweak our electoral system, by Birendra Prasad Mishra (ae 13/01/2022)

Election Commission convenes all-party meeting Friday kh 12/01/2022)

National Assembly election code of conduct effective from today (kh 10/01/2022)

EC provides election symbols to parties vying in NA elections : Final list of candidates published (kh 09/01/2022)

The History Of Polls In Nepal, by Aashish Mishra (rn 08/01/2022)

Clean up elections to clean up politics : In a democracy, elections force accountability but the voting process itself needs to be overhauled, by Shristi Karki (nt 07/01/2022)

Volatile Mix of Politics and Religion : Local elections this year will be a kind of referendum on federalism and secularism (nt 07/01/2022)

Election Commission registers Good Governance Party, provides certificate of registration (kh 06/01/2022)

Registration of voters’ name list at Election Commission (rep 05/01/2022)

43 candidates from 12 parties register candidacies for NA election (with list) (kh 04/01/2022), NA election: Candidates allowed to spend up to Rs 350,000 (kh 05/01/2022), All you need to know about National Assembly elections : 19 members will be elected on January 26 to replace those who are retiring on March 4 (kp 05/01/2022)

EC dismisses Milan Pandey's complaint (rep 04/01/2022)

Electoral Integrity: A Crucial Aspect of Sustaining Democracy, by Rajaram Bartaula (rep 03/01/2022)

Preparations for local polls begin amid concerns from some ruling parties : CPN (Maoist Centre) and CPN (Unified Socialist) want all three elections to be held in a single phase in November, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/01/2022) [Article 225 of the Constitution reads simply: "The term of office of a village assembly and a municipal assembly shall be five years from the date of election. A new village and municipal assembly shall be elected not later than six months after the expiry of such term." Where does it say that an additional law is needed? It would definitely be more cost effective to hold all elections on a single day. But it would be much more important to create the conditions for all eligible Nepali citizens to vote, including migrant workers, as the Supreme Court ruled long ago!]

Election process for National Assembly polls begins from today (kh 01/01/2022), EC to give election symbol to parties for NA elections on Jan 4 (kh 02/01/2022)

Election body’s removal of ‘unconstitutional’ terms from Maoist statute triggers debate : Election Commission says some phrases including ‘communism’ in the party charter contradict the constitution, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/12/2021) [And what about parties that oppose the fundamentals of the constitution like RPP and Bibeksheel Sajha Party when they reject the achievements of the past decades and want to return to authoritarian Hindu monarchy? This is clearly against the interests of the multi-ethnic and multi-religious society of Nepal! The secular Republic of Nepal is ailing only because of the incompetent, corrupt, disinterested political elite that remains deeply rooted in Hindu thinking!]

12 parties to take part in National Assembly elections (kh 26/12/2021), Discussion Held On Election Security Strategy (rn 27/12/2021)

EC proposes to hold local levels election on April 27 (kh 24/12/2021)

Election Commission holding local level election on May 3 (kh 22/12/2021), When should the local elections be held? Election Commission says by May next year. Political parties don’t seem to be prepared, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/12/2021), Govt preparing to hold local level polls on May 3: CEC Thapaliya (rep 23/12/2021)

Forgotten commitment by political parties : The law says that there should be at least one-third women at party committees at all levels, by Ila Sharma (kp 17/12/2021) [The machos at the top of the parties will never change without drastic punishments. Exclusion of the parties concerned at the next elections would be a guaranteed effective remedy! CPN-UML and NC would definitely be candidates!]

NA elections: EC calls on political parties for registration (kh 16/12/2021)

Deceased not to be included in electoral roll (kh 11/12/2021

NA Election: Candidacy Nomination On Jan 4, Election On Jan 25 (rn 07/12/2021)

Govt not ready for out-of-country voting : EC says existing laws need to be amended to enable Nepalis living abroad to vote, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 05/12/2021) [The government has had more than four years to fulfil the SC's order in this regard!]

Voter-list being collected at 637 local level centers from today (kh 03/12/2021)

Voter IDs to be registered in all 77 districts (rep 01/12/2021)

Upcoming upper house polls could leave a weakened UML even weaker : A loss may be solely the UML’s but holds the potential for affecting national understanding by deepening the divide, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/11/2021)

EC warns NC, UML against using govt staff (ht 24/11/2021), EC's warning : Any tendency to rebuff the EC's warning by the two parties will only have other political forces ritually following their footsteps (ht 25/11/2021)

Voters name list to be collected at local level centers (kp 22/11/2021)

Govt to hold National Assembly elections by Jan 22 (kh 10/11/2021), National Assembly member election to be held on January 26 (rep 20/11/2021)

Election Commission legitimizes Chair Mishra-led Bibeksheel Sajha Party : The election body approves the party's recent amendment to statute (kh 04/11/2021)

Possibility of early elections diminishing : The constitution has no provision for vote before schedule and most parties in the ruling alliance are still unprepared, by Anil Giri (kp 31/10/2021)

How and when will the three-tier elections be held?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 28/10/2021)

20 Seats of 20 National Assembly lawmakers falling vacant (rep 26/10/2021), PM, EC Officials Discuss NA, Local Elections (rn 26/10/2021)

Election Commission gears up for local elections (kh 26/10/2021) [One should not expect too much. None of Nepal's parties and political leaders feel bound by the constitution and laws!]

Early elections are in talks, but there are complications galore : Besides legal hurdles, coalition partners also have some issues, while Deuba may face a hard time justifying it, by Anil Giri (kp 20/10/2021)

Ruling coalition mulls holding three-tire elections simultaneously (kh 18/10/2021)

Poll prospects of new parties depend on how alliances evolve : Formation of CPN (Unified Socialist) and Loktantrik Samajbadi could lead to vote splitting, and for them  to gain, they will have to rely on others, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/08/2021)

Right to reject: To vote or not to vote?, by Anoushka Pant (ht 30/08/2021)

EC asks people’s representatives to decide their party by September 7 (kh 29/08/2021)

EC summons leaders of CPN-Unified (Socialist) and DSP for identification today (kh 25/08/2021), CPN-Unified (Socialist) leaders at EC for verification (kh 25/08/2021), DSP leaders reach Election Commission for verification (kh 25/08/2021)

EC allocates time for Madhav Nepal’s party verification : Calls leaders to show before Commission from 11.30 am to 2 pm on Wednesday (kh 24/08/2021)

EC to ignore Oli faction's claim, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/08/2021)

EC calls Madhav Nepal and Mahanta Thakur’s parties for verification (kh 20/08/2021)

Election Commission updates central executive committee of Samajbadi Party : In the new body, party chair Mahantha Thakur and his 15 supporters have not been included, pushing the party towards a split, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/08/2021)

EC cancels registration of 41 political parties (kh 03/08/2021)

EC cancels election schedule for HoR (kh 15/07/2021)

EC endorses mid-term polls date; unveiling 67-pt election schedule today (kh 05/07/2021), Election Commission unveils calendar of events for November ‘mid-term polls’ (rep 05/07/2021) [Even before the SC decides on the unconstitutionality of the HoR dissolution?]

Election body preparing for polls despite uncertainty : The Election Commission plans to issue a tender notice next week for the procurement of election materials, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/07/2021) [Oli is now to blame for this situation for the second time. He should be held personally responsible for the completely unnecessary expenses if the SC declares his actions unconstitutional this time as well, which is to be assumed! It would have been much more important to use the time to finally prepare a postal voting option so that migrant workers and other expatriate Nepalis, election workers and security personnel could also vote. Denying them the right to vote is unconstitutional!

Not the right time to conduct polls : Faulty comparisons, by Mahendra P Joshi (ht 02/07/2021)

Abide by the code : The office-bearers must live up to the people's expectations and take impartial and fair actions as per the legal provisions (ht 01/07/2021)

Maoist Center reaches EC demanding dismissal of its 18 leaders defecting to UML (kh 18/06/2021)

JSP Yadav faction re-approaches EC to claim legitimacy within party (kh 18/06/2021)

Elections will be held during COVID-19 pandemic, claims PM Oli (kh 17/06/2021) [???]

EC’s decision partial and prejudiced, says JSP Chair Yadav (kh 15/06/2021), Maoist Spokesperson Shrestha accuses EC of being govt’s hand puppet (kh 15/06/2021)

Election Commission refuses validating actions taken by JSP rival factions (kh 13/06/2021)

Election Commission’s selective way of decisions comes into question : Poll body, which was reluctant to act promptly on the now  defunct Nepal Communist Party dispute and on UML, is quick to decide on the issues of Janata Samajbadi Party, by Binod Ghimire and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/06/2021)

With 4,178 new cases, Nepal's Covid-19 tally reaches 561,302 : The Health Ministry reports 114 new deaths including figures from the past few days based on statistics from the Nepal Army (kp 31/05/2021)

Vote casting in NA by-polls of Lumbini Pradesh kicks off : Election results to be published today itself (kh 31/05/2021), Lumbini NA by-election:  276 voters cast votes as of 12 noon (kh 31/05/2021), Drigha Narayan Pandey elected to NA from Lumbini Province (kh 31/05/2021)

Nepal Public Health Association demands to annul mid-term elections (kh 26/05/2021)

EC advices PM to conduct election in a single phase (kh 23/05/2021)

CPN (Unified) Party registered at EC : Party’s leader Jiwan Rai is close to Madhav Nepal; election symbol pen (kh 23/05/2021) [This indicates a formal split of the CPN-UML in the making!]

Khim Lal Devkota defeats Ram Bahadur Thapa in National Assembly election : Devkota, an independent candidate backed by Nepal-Khanal faction of the UML, had the support of Congress and Maoist Centre. Thapa was fielded by the UML (kp 20/05/2021) [Both Oli and Thapa really deserve this!]

EC holding by-elections in Bagmati tomorrow, in Lumbini on May 31 (kh 19/05/2021)

RPP issues whip to vote for Home Minister Thapa (kh 19/05/2021) [The monarchists and supporters of the Hindu state support the election of a former Maoist! Someone must have radically changed his mind, and it is not the RPP!], PM Oli violates election code of conduct, EC warns of action (rep 19/05/2021), PM Oli urges to cast votes for Thapa in NA by-elections (kh 19/05/2021)

Badal and Devkota file candidacies for NA by-election (kh 07/05/2021)

EC prepares financial procedure for NA seat by-election (kh 27/04/2021)

Election Commission earns disrepute over communist party legitimacy indecision : The commission has time and again failed to resist influence despite being a constitutional body, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/04/2021)

Purse Plays Havoc In The Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn 15/04/2021)

Election in crisis : Why we need to talk about, by Apurva Singh (ht 08/04/2021)

Nepal’s Updated Voters Stand At 16,243,110 (rn 18/03/2021)

Poll commission to resume voter registration this week : Following the Covid-19 lockdown and the government announcement to conduct  snap elections, enrolment had been halted for a long time, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/03/2021)

Upholding SC verdict, Election Commission scraps Oli-Dahal’s NCP, revives erstwhile CPN (UML) and NCP (Maoist Center) (rep 09/03/2021), EC asks UML and Maoist Center to come up with new name and election symbol if  they opt for fresh merger (rep 09/03/2021), EC scraps Oli-Dahal led NCP (kh 09/03/2021), Poll body’s rush to enforce court decision raises questions about its credibility : That the commission had shown no urgency to resolve the NCP dispute leaves room for suspicion, former officials argue, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/03/2021)

Supreme Court awards Nepal Communist Party to Rishiram Kattel : The decision makes the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) registered under Oli and Dahal in May 2018 illegitimate (kp 07/03/2021), SC recognizes Rishi Kattel’s party authentic NCP : Annuls Prachanda-Oli’s NCP (kh 07/03/2021) [This means that the two divided factions of the ruling party must immediately look for a new names. Both use of the name NCP is illegitimate! The question remains why the SC took so long to make this important decision. The EC should never have recognised Oli and Dahal's party as NCP under existing law!]

Poll commission to discuss legitimacy claims of Dahal-Nepal faction next week : The Election Commission’s indecision has drawn widespread criticism, including from former commissioners, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/03/2021), Supreme Court final verdict on NCP’s name row on Sunday (kh 06/03/2021), EC holding meeting to sort out NCP’s authenticy row today (kh 07/03/2021)

House restored but poll body still has to settle ruling party dispute : Experts say the Supreme Court verdict may have taken some pressure off Election Commission but it cannot sit on the case forever, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/02/2021)

EC undecided which NCP faction legitimate (ht 23/02/2021)

Election commission to set up 21,000 polling booths : Preparations for elections moving forward smoothly, officials say even as  settlement of the Nepal Communist Party dispute appears far off (kp 21/02/2021)

Wisdom of the crowds : The only definite way of gauging the will of the people is through an election, by Sambridh Ghimire (kp 21/02/2021) [There may have to be early elections in the near future, but not now. At the moment, the only question is whether Oli was allowed to dissolve parliament in order to prolong his personal power or whether he had to abide by the internationally customary democratic rules of the game: resignation or a vote of confidence in parliament. Only then, if no new government can be formed, may there be new elections!]

Poll body continues election preparations while ignoring the dispute in Nepal Communist Party : After it said 30-day deadline for claiming legitimacy had passed, Dahal-Nepal faction submitted another set of papers which the poll body is studying, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/02/2021)

Government seeks logistical support from India, China even as poll uncertainty continues : Poll body has yet to resolve dispute in Nepal Communist Party, a must for holding elections, but it has expedited other works, by Anil Giri (kp 17/02/2021)

Poll body steps up preparations, but indecision on Nepal Communist Party legitimacy continues : Amid concerns over spring elections, Dahal-Nepal faction says preparations lack meaning without resolving party row, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/02/2021)

Oli’s large-scale secretary transfers in lead-up to elections come into question : More transfers of bureaucrats as well as of police officers are on the cards, officials say. Past experience shows  that officials have a role in influencing elections, by Anil Giri (kp 14/02/2021)

Oli asking poll body not to get into any party disputes raises concerns : As polls are not possible until the Nepal Communist Party issue is resolved, analysts wonder if the prime minister has a different game plan to drive his opponents into a corner, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/02/2021)

Govt decides to hold midterm elections in 40 districts in first phase and in 37 districts in second phase (rep 09/02/2021)

PM Oli reaches Election Commission to take stock of preparations for elections and seek his faction's official recognition as legitimate NCP (rep 09/02/2021)

Dahal-Nepal faction reaches Election Commission seeking official recognition as legitimate NCP (rep 02/02/2021), Dahal-Nepal faction stakes claim to Nepal Communist Party at poll body : Experts say it is up to the Election Commission to decide how to take the issue forward, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/02/2021)

Oli, despite leading caretaker Cabinet, on spree to inaugurate and award projects : Inaugurating them is an attempt to influence elections which the poll body should look into and awarding them risks future governments not owning them, observers say, by Anil Giri (kp 31/01/2021) [The minimum punishment for a coup plotter should be that he should never again be allowed to participate in elections or hold public office!]

Litmus Test Of Constitutional Bodies, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 31/01/2021)

900,000 names added to voters’ list ahead of polls (kp 31/01/2021)

It’s time for parties to register for polls but Oli-Dahal’s legitimacy row remains : Election Commission this week decided not to give legitimacy to either faction of Nepal Communist Party. But with elections nearing, it will have to make a choice, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/01/2021) [Wouldn't it be time for an interim order by the Supreme Court to halt election preparations pending a final decision on the constitutionality of the dissolution of parliament? Nepal is facing irreparable damage!]

Poll body refuses to give legitimacy to either faction of Nepal Communist Party : Factions led by Oli, and Dahal and Nepal have failed to follow procedures, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/01/2021), Election Commission invites both Oli and Dahal factions to discuss upcoming midterm polls (rep 28/01/2021)

Election Commission to notify donors about  potential areas of cooperation to hold elections : Officials to allocate budget for elections from internal resources while keeping door open for assistance in kind, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/01/2021) [Regular elections should be supported by donor countries in the interest of preserving democratic processes, but not completely superfluous early elections that serve only the power interests of a PM who has failed on all fronts!]

More than 50 different items are needed for polls, Election Commission says as preparations begin Even if Supreme Court decides Oli’s dissolution was constitutional, dispute in Nepal Communist Party has to be settled before polls are possible, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/01/2021) [And what about the voting rights of expatriate Nepalis, especially the millions of migrant workers? The Supreme Court's ruling in this regard is binding law, but the incompetent Oli government has done nothing so far!!]

CEC Thapaliya stresses need to update voters’ list before polls (ht 14/01/2021)

Nepal Communist Party has been cleaved in two, but a formal—legal—split seems to be heading to stalemate : The Election Commission says neither the Oli faction nor the Dahal-Nepal camp has presented the necessary  paperwork for it to be recognised as the legitimate party. And neither seems to want to take the blame for split, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/01/2021)

EC amends rules to recognise NCP split : Will decide which faction of the party should use original party’s name, flag, and election symbol during polls (ht 06/01/2021)

EC writes to PM Oli, Dahal factions on legitimacy claims (ht 04/01/2021)

Large number of people could be disenfranchised if polls are held as planned : The government has announced midterm elections on April 30 and May 10 but experts say there isn’t enough time for new voters to get registered, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/01/2020)

Voters Name List Being Updated From January 28 (rn 01/01/2020)

EC starts updating voters’ list (ht 28/12/2020), Election Commission starts preparing for polls : The constitutional body is assessing the budget, human resources and materials required and taking stock of its logistics, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/12/2020), Poll Preparations : As per the apex court order, the govt must enact a law allowing voting right of the migrant workers from their host countries (ht 29/12/2020) [!!!!]

Election Commission to settle dispute over legitimacy of Nepal Communisty Party : After the Dahal-Nepal faction submitted the necessary documents claiming legitimacy, the commission will now ask the Oli faction for its response to the claim, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/12/2020)

Nepalis abroad will get to vote: Minister Bhusal (rep 06/09/2020)

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 03/09/2018), 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)