EC completes preparations for upper house election

Published On: January 17, 2020 07:51 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday said all preparations for upper house members election scheduled for January 23 have been completed. 

The election body said it has already transported logistics such as ballot papers, inks and voter ID cards among others to provincial headquarters where upper house election is taking place. 

The EC is holding the election on January 23 to elect 18 upper house members. The terms of 19 incumbent members are expiring on March 3.

Among them, 18 members will be elected from the political parties. As per the constitution, the president will nominate one member on her own.

Previously, the upper house members were elected through a single transferable voting system. Out of the 59 seats in the upper house, NCP had then secured 42 seats, including three nominated by the president. 

Among the 59 members in the upper house, 19 have a tenure of two years, 20 have four-year tenures and the rest have six years, according to upper house regulations.

Among the 19 outgoing members, nine are from the NCP, seven from Nepali Congress, two from Rastriya Janata Party Nepal and one from Samajbadi Party.

This time, the EC is electing the members on a majority basis. NCP, which commands majority in the local and provincial assemblies, is likely to bag most of the upper house seats in the election. 

In a bid to counter the NC-led alliance, it has fielded 16 candidates whereas the party has pledged to support two candidates from the RJPN. 

Provincial assembly members and the chiefs and deputy chiefs of local units will cast their votes to elect the new upper house members. 

According to the EC, a total of 2056 voters will cast their votes in the January 23 election.


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