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Bhadra Sharma

Over 1.1 million new voters register for coming polls

August 20, 2017 07:18 AM

KATHMANDU, August 20: Over 1.1 million new voters have registered with the Election Commission (EC) during the election body’s nationwide biometric voter registration campaign.

PM urges EC to brace for province, parliament polls same day

August 8, 2017 01:15 AM

KATHMANDU, Aug 7: With the  constitutional deadline for holding the remaining elections fast approaching, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged the Election Commission (EC) to begin poll preparations in such a way as to be in a position to conduct both the provincial and parliamentary elections on the same day.

Holding provincial and central polls same day will save 6 billion: Experts

July 29, 2017 05:17 AM

KATHMANDU, July 29: Election experts have said that at least five to six billion rupees in election expanses could be saved if both the provincial assembly and parliamentary elections are conduct on the same day.

PM proposes holding provincial, parliamentary polls simultaneously

July 28, 2017 03:30 AM

KATMANDU, July 27: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has proposed with the Election Commission (EC) to conduct both the provincial and central parliamentary elections simultaneously citing time constraints.

EC expert panel suggests Indian EVMs for upcoming elections

July 23, 2017 04:20 AM

KATHMANDU, July 23: A team of experts has recommended the Election Commission (EC) to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) produced by Indian firms, saying that the machines are suitable in the context of Nepal.

Constituency delineation body formed, given 21 days

July 21, 2017 06:59 AM

KATHMANDU, July 20: The government on Thursday formed a five-member Constituency Delineation Commission (CDC) in view of the remaining two sets of elections – provincial and parliamentary – that have to be conducted within the deadline set by the Constitution.

High invalid vote despite Rs 750m spent on voter education

July 20, 2017 07:27 AM

KATHMANDU, July 19: Nearly a month after the second phase local elections, the Election Commission (EC) is yet to make public the full details of the invalid vote. The number of invalid votes is high even through the election body spent millions on voter education.

EC buying 5 SUVs for Rs 110 million

July 15, 2017 01:41 AM

KATHMANDU, July 14: Some of the election commissioners already have two vehicles, but the Election Commission (EC) is procuring expensive new vehicles for all five commissioners. The election body on Friday  published a public notice asking eligible suppliers to come up with proposals for the purchase of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) for the commissioners.

High-level EC team off to India to study EVMs

July 13, 2017 02:15 AM

KATMANDU, July 12: A high-level team of Election Commission (EC) has left for India to study feasibility of Indian Electronic Voting Machines in upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections.

Frequent poll deferrals cost Rs 4 billion

July 10, 2017 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, July 10: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) had initially estimated the security costs of holding the local elections at around Rs 7.5 billion. However, circumstances changed on April 26 when the government announced to hold the elections in two phases. The government decided to hold the first round of elections in provinces 3, 4 and 6 on May 14 and the second round of elections in provinces 1, 2, 5 and 7 on June 14. Following the government's decision, MoHA on May 22 decided to demand an additional amount of Rs 2.69 billion from the Ministry of Finance (MoF) citing the extended tenure of security personnel and officers deployed for the elections.

EC again proposes buying EVMs

July 3, 2017 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, July 3: The Election Commission (EC) has now started the process to purchase electronic voting machines (EVMs) for using them in the upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections saying that conducting elections using ballot papers has become too complex and costly.

EC moots deadlines for provincial, central polls

July 1, 2017 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, July 1: After the successful second round  local elections, the Election Commission (EC) has urged the government to clear the legal and administrative hurdles by July 30 so that the remaining three sets of elections--provincial, national assembly and central parliament-- can be conducted within the constitutional deadline set for completing the entire election cycle.

IRD chief Sharma fails to post Rs 3 billion bail, remains in custody

June 29, 2017 18:52 PM

KATHMANDU, June 29: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Thursday sought Rs 3 billion as bail  from suspended Inland Revenue Department chief Chudamani Sharma after preliminary investigations established his  involvement in a tax waiver scam.

Polls open today for 6.4 million voters

June 28, 2017 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, June 28: Following the successful first round local elections, the Election Commission (EC) is conducting the second round  local polls at 334 local units in Provinces 1, 5 and 7.

EC to tighten preventive measures against ballot tearing

June 27, 2017 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, June 27: Following the Bharatpur ballot-tearing incident, the Election Commission (EC) has instructed polling officers and security agencies to adopt all available measures to keep ballot papers safe during the vote counting.

EC secy transferred after row over purchase of cars

June 23, 2017 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, June 22: Just five days before the second round local elections, the government on Thursday transferred Election Commission Secretary Gopinath Mainali in a row over procurement of luxury cars for the five election commissioners and other logistics issues.

Polls in Province 2 deferred yet again

June 16, 2017 07:35 AM

KATHMANDU, June 15: Just a day before candidacy nominations, the government Thursday deferred the scheduled June 28 local election in Province 2.

EC refuses PM’s poll deferral plea

June 15, 2017 12:08 PM

KATHMANDU, June 14: The Election Commission (EC) has refused Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deubas proposal to defer second round of elections scheduled for June 28.

No prospect of bringing RJPN on board now

June 13, 2017 08:11 AM

KATHMANDU, June 12: Prospects of bringing Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) on board the election process have now legally ended, with the party refusing to submit its party details to the election body within the given deadline.

EC allows diplomats to observe phase II polls

June 6, 2017 00:10 AM

KATHMANDU, June 6: In a major shift in its stance, the Election Commission (EC) has decided to allow the representatives of the Kathmandu-based diplomatic missions including United Nations officials to observe the second phase of local elections scheduled to be held in the remaining four provinces on June 28.