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Bhadra Sharma



With shortest time ever for poll preparations, EC faces daunting task

February 21, 2017 08:04 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: With just 83 days left before the election date proposed by the government, it will be hugely challenging for the Election Commission (EC) to carry out the basic preparatory tasks essential for conducting the upcoming local elections nationwide.

Huge challenges ahead as EC gets historically short time for preparations

February 21, 2017 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: With just 83 days left before the election date proposed by the government, it seems tremendously challenging for the Election Commission to carry out basic preparatory tasks essential to conduct upcoming local elections nationwide.

EC proposes May 14 for local election; govt positive about it

February 20, 2017 19:20 PM

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: The Election Commission (EC) has proposed the government to hold the local elections on May 14.

Polls before monsoon at any cost: PM

February 18, 2017 08:51 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Friday urged the Election Commission (EC) to consider all options for holding elections successfully in May, saying the polls should be conducted before the monsoons at all cost for the sake of meeting the constitutional deadline.

Amid controversy, EC drops plan to use Smartmatic EVMs

February 17, 2017 06:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: The Election Commission (EC) has finally dropped its plan to purchase electronic voting machines from UK-based electronics supply firm Smartmatic, following a series of controversies sparked by its plan.

Developers of Nepali voting machine feel discouraged

February 9, 2017 01:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: While the Election Commission (EC) and the government seem to be leaning toward the purchase of electronic voting machines (EVMs) from foreign companies, indigenous developers of such machines have been feeling discouraged for years.

As polls loom, EC undecided over EVMs

February 7, 2017 01:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: With the country facing the prospect of three sets of elections, top officials at the Election Commission (EC) have started discussing quietly about the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and the choice of possible suppliers of the machines.

EC wants date, LLRC report at once if poll to be held by May

February 6, 2017 00:50 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: In response to the government's letter, the Election Commission (EC) on Sunday urged the government to fix the poll date and provide the report of the Local Level Restructuring Commission (LLRC)  without further delay if the elections are to be held in May-June.

Nepali workers abroad still unable to vote

February 4, 2017 01:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: Millions of Nepali migrants living and working in various foreign countries are not likely to be able to  vote in  upcoming elections, as no legal arrangements and preparations are in place for them to register and participate in the polls.

‘EC gradually losing autonomy’

January 30, 2017 07:21 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The Election Commission (EC) is gradually losing its autonomy, with the government curtailing the powers  the election body had been enjoying previously in its capacity as a constitutional body.

As local polls approach, CC names 3 EC commissioners

January 28, 2017 01:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: In view of the upcoming local elections, three new commissioners have been recommended for the Election Commission (EC), giving full shape to its five-member board.

EC invites former election chiefs to seek their views

January 20, 2017 05:45 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Former chief election commissioners and experts have suggested to the Election Commission (EC) to decide whether it is possible to hold the polls in May-June based on preparations made by the government and political parties' commitment to election.

EC: Polls unlikely in May-June if issues not resolved in 10 days

January 19, 2017 07:54 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: The Election Commission (EC) has said that the local elections will not happen in May-June if issues related to the elections are not settled within the next 10 days.

Giving EC full shape not easy as parties push own candidates

January 18, 2017 00:50 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Giving full shape to the Election Commission (EC) has become a complicated task after the major political parties started pitching hard for their own candidates for the vacant posts of commissioner.

CIAA may face leadership crisis

January 10, 2017 02:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) is likely to face leadership vacuum after its chief Lokman Singh Karki got removed from his responsibilities for not having 20 years of working experience in government services.

SC bells the cat

January 9, 2017 09:35 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: The Lokman Singh Karki saga came to an abrupt  end on Sunday, with the Supreme Court disqualifying him from heading the powerful anti-corruption body, Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).

Printing ballot papers for local elections may take two months: EC

January 6, 2017 03:57 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday said that it might take at least two months to print the ballot papers for the local elections if additional printing machines are not arranged for Janak Sikshya Samagri Kendra (JSSK).

19,000 officials not filing property details to face action

January 4, 2017 02:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 4: The National Vigilance Center (NVC) has recommended to the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) to take action against over 19,000 government officials not submitting their property details on time.

EC ‘not well-prepared’ as elections draw near

January 3, 2017 08:11 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: With just a year remaining till the January 2018 deadline for conducting three sets of elections, the Election Commission (EC) is not  “well-prepared” for undertaking the task when it comes.

Now or never

December 31, 2016 00:35 AM

As our political parties fight they should be mindful of what happened when the first Constituent Assembly was dissolved in May, 2012