ILAM, April 15: Political parties in Ilam district have intensified thier preparations to fix their candidates for the local-level elections. They have reached a final stage of selecting their candidates from their respective parties.
CPN-UML has said that it will finalize the list of its candidates for six rural municipalities and four municipalities by Thursday.
Similarly, Nepali Congress (NC) has said that it will recommend its contestants by April 20-21.
Even though it had planned to select its candidates at the earliest, it was delayed due to its internal dispute over the selection process.
Ruling CPN (Maoist Center) has not yet fixed its candidates even though it had planned to finalize the list of its candidates by April 6.
As many as 17 political parties are vying for the local-level elections, according to District Election Office, Ilam. Of them, eight partiers are taking part in the elections under their own electoral symbols.
Local-level Election Act 2017 bars nine political parties from contesting the elections under their respective electoral symbols.
The major parties contesting under their own electoral symbols include NC, CPN-UML, CPN (MC), Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Khambuwan Rastriya Morcha, CPN (ML), among others.
A total of 425 candidates will be elected in the forth-coming local-level polls slated for May 14.