Final poll results only after upper house elections: CEC Yadav

Published On: January 1, 2018 03:25 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav on Sunday said that the parliamentary seats under the proportional representation (PR) system will be allocated only after the election of the National Assembly. The EC has already completed the verification of the PR votes but has not yet publicized the official poll results and the parliamentary PR seats won by the parties. 

Speaking at a function organized in Kathmandu, CEC Yadav blamed the constitutional provision for the delay in the election results. "The constitution does not allow us to release the results before the National Assembly elections," said election chief Yadav.
Altogether 110 lawmakers will be elected to parliament under the PR category.
The delay in releasing the poll results has delayed the government formation process. The left alliance of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) is desperately awaiting the final election results to form a new government. Constitutionally, the largest party enjoys the right to form the government following a presidential nod. 

CEC Yadav, however, urged the government to appoint governors so that it will help to form provincial assemblies before electing National Assembly. The formation of National Assembly has also been delayed due to differences over who should administer oath of office and secretary. 

The governing Nepali Congress has been insisting that it will quit the government only after the National Assembly is elected. EC officials said it will take at least a month to conduct the National Assembly elections. 

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