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Kathmandu, June 27: The Government has assured all necessary legal, administrative, technical and other support to the Election Commission in holding the forthcoming elections.
The Constitution requires that local, provincial and parliamentary elections are held within the next eighteen months.
The assurance on behalf of the Government was shared today by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who visited the EC headquarters in Kantipath this afternoon to acquire information about the state of affairs of the Commission. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Minister for Law and Justice Agni Prasad Kharel and Chief Secretary Dr Som Lal Subedi.
The visit was also an effort to share to the Commission about the preparation being made by the government to announce the date of local elections soon. Earlier, the government had announced its plan of holding local elections in coming November/December.
‘Be prepared to hold elections’: PM Oli
On the occasion, Prime Minister Oli also directed the Commission to get itself prepared as the government would soon be announcing the date of local elections in consultation with the political parties, according to Law Minister Kharel.
Addressing a meeting including the Commission Acting Chief Dr Ayodhi Prasad Yadav, commissioner Ila Sharma and Secretary Sharada Prasad Trital, the Prime Minister said the government would provide every possible support, including the necessary legal, administrative and other support.
This was the first time that the Prime Minister had reached the EC central office after assuming his post. On the occasion, he also inspected the damaged caused to the Commission building by the April 25, 2015 earthquake.
‘We are ready for election’: CEC Yadav
Following the meeting, Acting Chief Commissioner Dr Yadav said the Commission was all prepared to hold elections and that it was possible to hold local elections in coming November/December.
He, however, said that the local body working procedures act needs to be amended for the local body elections.
The meeting between the two sides took place for almost an hour, covering various aspects of elections and the role of the Commission and government.
Also present were EC Joint Secretary Bir Bahadur Rai, and CPN-UML General Secretary Iswar Pokharel, central member Rajendra Pandey and former Speaker Subas Nembang. RSS

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