KATHMANDU, Jan 25: The Election Commission (EC) is all set to conduct the National Assembly election slated for tomorrow. The election is being held for 19 posts of National Assembly members.
The entire management of peace and security, health protocol and election centers has been completed, according to EC Spokesperson Shaligram Poudel. "All works for the election except setting up booths and all-party meetings have been completed," he said, adding that the remaining works would also be done today.
With the beginning of the silence period, the election publicity has stopped. Security personnel, election employees and a team of health workers have been mobilized. The voting is being conducted from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Wednesday. There are eight polling stations and 14 centers across the country.
The term of 19 NA members is expiring on March 4. Among the 19 members, eight are of CPN-UML, four of CPN (Unified Socialist), four of CPN (Maoist Center), and three of Nepali Congress (NC). There is a constitutional provision that election to upper house members should be held before 35 days of the expiry of the term. Currently, nine political parties are in the election fray.
According to EC, Nepali Congress, CPN UML, Maoist Centre, CPN (Unified Socialist), Rastriya Janamorcha, Loktantrik Samajbadi Party Nepal, Nepal Workers and Peasants Party, Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal and Rastriya Prajatantra Party are taking part in the election.
There are 2,025 voters for the election. They are Province Assembly members, and local level chiefs and deputy chiefs. It is expected that the voters will reach the polling stations and voting centers by the evening.
There is a quota of seven women, three Dalits, two disabled or minority and seven others for the upper house members. There is the constitutional provision that the term of one-third of national assembly members expires every two years. The upper house of the federal parliament has 59 members.