KATHMANDU, August 25: The number of district coordination committees (DCCs) has now increased to 77 with the Election Commission (EC) urging the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development on Thursday to form two additional DCCs in Rukum and Nawalparasi, the two districts which were split in the course of federating the country into seven provinces.
The election body has urged the ministry to elect two separate DCCs by mobilizing four judges in the districts.
This has also paved the way for creating at least one more election constituency for the upcoming parliamentary elections. The constitution has a provision to delineate electoral constituencies maintaining at least one electoral constituency ion each district for the parliamentary elections. “Since the constitution has a provision to have at least one constituency in each district, there will automatically be one electoral constituency in each of the 77 districts,” said EC Spokesperson Surya Prasad Sharma.
The constitution has a provision to have 165 and 330 electoral constituencies for parliamentary and provincial assembly elections, respectively under the first-past-the-post electoral systems. After fixing 77 electoral constituencies, the Constituency Delineation Commission will delineate the rest of the electoral constituencies based on population and geography.
August 21 set as cut-off-date
Meanwhile, the EC has set August 21 as the cut-off date for finalizing the voter roll for the upcoming elections. With this, the voters who have reached 18 years old within August 21 of this year will be eligible to cast their votes in the upcoming elections.
As many as 1.2 million individuals have registered with the EC during its recent month-long voter registration campaign while 14 million voters cast their votes in the recently held local elections.