EC deploys staff for second round local polls

Published On: May 19, 2017 07:45 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 18: In view of the second round of local elections scheduled for June 14, the Election Commission (EC) has deployed chief returning officers and returning officers to the 41 districts that will be going to the polls. 

The election body is conducting the second round elections for 461 local units in 41 districts. Some local units in Rukum and Nawalparasi districts, which were to go for local polls in the first phase, are yet to elect their representatives. 

“We have deployed chief returning officers and returning officer for the second round local elections. They will assess the poll preparations in the districts concerned and the actual poll tasks will begin from June 2,” said EC Spokesperson Surya Prasad Shrma. 

June 2 is set as the date for candidacy nominations. “We re-appointed some of the officials while new officials were deployed in the remaining areas,” said Spokesperson Sharma. 

The offices of  chief election officers and election officers will be set up on May 29. 

Ballot papers and other election logistics have already been sent to the local units. But the election process was halted after the major political parties decided to conduct the elections in two phases. The previous stance was to hold  elections across the country at a single go. 

The election body has already conducted the first round local elections for 283 local units in 34 districts in  the hills and mountains.

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