DHARAN, Dec 2: Tilak Rai of Nepali Congress has been elected as the mayor of Dharan sub-metropolitan city in the by-polls.

SHANGHAI, Nov 26 : Major news outlets in China have largely avoided detailed reporting of district council election results in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy candidates scored a landslide victory that some say amounted to support for anti-government protests.

The seventh general convention of National Folk and Duet Song Academy Nepal has elected Ramesh BG as the president for the next term.

HONG KONG, Nov 25: Hong Kong’s democrats scored a landslide majority in district council elections, which saw a record turnout after six months of anti-government protests, increasing pressure on the Chinese-ruled city’s leader on Monday to listen to calls for democracy.

HONG KONG, Nov 25:  Hong Kong’s democrats romped to a landslide and symbolic majority in district council elections after residents turned out in record numbers on Sunday to vote following six months of anti-government protests in the embattled city.

HONG KONG, Nov 24: More than a million voters thronged polling stations across Hong Kong on Sunday in district elections viewed as a key barometer of support for city leader Carrie Lam, besieged by nearly six months of often violent pro-democracy protests.

HONG KONG, Nov 23: An uneasy calm settled over Hong Kong on Saturday as the city prepared to go to the polls for local elections seen as a referendum on months of anti-government protests, after weeks of especially violent clashes between police and demonstrators.

COLOMBO, Nov 17: Sri Lanka’s former civil wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was declared the winner in the presidential election on Sunday, after promising to secure the country against militant threats following Easter bombings this year.

Growing online interference in elections

November 10, 2019 02:30 am

Online disinformation, propaganda and censorship were used to influence 26 of 30 national elections studied over the past year, according to a report by an internet watchdog. Freedom House, which is partly funded by the U.S. government, said that online election interference has become “an essential strategy” for those seeking to disrupt democracy.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: Election Commission on Wednesday clarified that the recent decision of the government of relieving the former chiefs of provinces of their posts has not breached the election code of conduct.

MONTREAL, Oct 22: Canadian Prime Minister Canadian Prime Minister’s Liberals held onto power after a closely fought election on Monday but were reduced to a minority government that will need the support in Parliament of a smaller left-leaning party.

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: Voting for the new leadership of the Non-Resident Nepali Association has completed.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Milan Pandey has been elected as the president of Bibeksheel Nepali Dal on Wednesday. He was elected during an election held in Janakpur defeating his rival Shiva Prasad Thapa.

KATHMANDU, Sept 28: The Special General Assembly of suspended Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and the election process to elect new leadership of the CAN was inaugurated in Kathmandu on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya has said that the Election Commission is positive toward making necessary arrangements to enable Non-Resident Nepalis (NRNs) to cast votes in the election.

JERUSALEM, Sept 18: Israel’s two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job.

JERUSALEM, Sept 17: Israelis vote Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power despite a looming indictment on corruption charges.

The party of Russian President Vladimir Putin has suffered big losses in Moscow’s city council elections as candidates endorsed by his arch-rival won almost half the seats.

LONDON, Sept 10:  Prime Minister Boris Johnson has succeeded in his plan to suspend Britain’s rebellious Parliament for five weeks, but he has achieved little else in his first prolonged jousting with legislators determined to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Return of France

August 21, 2019 00:25 am

LONDON – At first blush, the result of the European Parliament election in May, and the subsequent nomination of the European Union’s new leadership team, augur continuity and not disruption for the bloc. Nationalist parties failed to make any significant gains in the election, and then large Western European status quo powers hand-picked federalists for the top EU jobs.

KATHMANDU, Aug 19: The Election Commission has prepared the third five-year strategic plans.

KATHMANDU, Aug 10: General Secretary of the main opposition Nepali Congress Shashanka Koirala has claimed that the party will regain its position in the next general election.

NEW DELHI, Aug 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the people of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday that elections would soon be held in the state for the local assembly, two days after the government’s decision to end special status for the state and split it into two union territories.

SINGAPORE, July 29: The Singapore prime minister’s estranged brother has thrown his support behind a newly-formed opposition party in an intriguing twist ahead of elections expected to be held as soon as this year.

ATHENS, July 7: Greeks have begun voting in the first parliamentary election since their country emerged from three successive international bailouts.

EC begins work on by-elections

July 5, 2019 06:30 am

KATHMANDU, July 5: As part of internal preparations for conducting by-elections to fill 47 vacant positions at the local, provincial and federal levels of government, the Election Commission has urged eligible voters to register with local election offices at the earliest.

Boris’s big lie

July 1, 2019 09:41 am

BRUSSELS – Three years after the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum, the UK is no closer to figuring out how to leave the European Union, and what comes next, than it was when the result was announced. And now a Conservative Party leadership election to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May is in full swing. To those of us watching from the outside, the debate between the candidates confirms that they have learned nothing whatsoever from the past two years of negotiations with the EU.

NEW DELHI, June 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance could achieve a crucial majority in the Rajya Sabha next year if some small regional parties join the bloc that recently won a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha, according to a projection by an independent research firm.

Europe’s major centre-left and centre-right lost dozens of seats and their combined majority, while populist parties made gains in the European Parliament.

NEW DELHI, May 25: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with leaders of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday following his thunderous victory in national elections.

ISLAMABAD, May 23: Pakistan has signaled a willingness to open peace talks with India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears set to return to power in New Delhi after an election fought in the shadow of renewed confrontation between the nuclear-armed enemies.

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, May 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party is set for a historic victory as India began counting on Thursday hundreds of millions of votes from its general election, according to data from the Election Commission.

During an informal summit in Romania, European Council President Donald Tusk promised to strive for geographic, demographic, political and gender balance among candidates for top jobs in the EU

KATHMANDU, May 21: After nearly  a month-long verification process, the CK Raut-led Janamath Party was registered at the Election Commission on Monday. With this, the party led by the former secessionist, has become eligible to contest upcoming elections.

NEW DELHI, May 19:  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance is likely to win a clear majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sunday, most exit polls showed, a far better showing than expected in recent weeks.

NEW DELHI, May 18: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has one unwanted lead in this month’s general election race - according to data from an electoral watchdog it is fielding the most candidates among the major parties who are facing criminal charges. Its main rival, Congress, is just a step behind.

KATHMANDU, May 15: A year after the elections to its top body, the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has appointed Pankaj Bikram Nembang as its senior vice-president, on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI, May 12: Voters in Delhi and elsewhere in India’s north lined up early on Sunday to cast their ballots in the second-to-last round of a seven-phase general election, with the opposition seeking a united stand to deny Prime Minister Narendra Modi a second term.

NAWALPARASI, May 11: The Indian security forces have adopted high alertness at various places along the Nepal-India border in Nawalparasi district in view of the Lok Sabha (parliamentary) elections in India.

KATHMANDU, May 4: The security persons from both Nepal and India have launched joint patrol along the border for the security in view of the Loksabha election in India.

Protesting in the digital age

May 1, 2019 00:25 am

OXFORD – Elections and referenda are just two ways for people to have a say in how they are governed. Protesting is another, which is why rights of assembly and free speech are protected in most democracies.

JAKARTA, April 28: Ten days after Indonesia held the world’s biggest single-day elections, more than 270 election staff have died, mostly of fatigue-related illnesses caused by long hours of work counting millions of ballot papers by hand, an official said on Sunday.

One of the most divisive elections in recent years sees political parties in Spain fighting more on emotional and identity issues, such as Catalonia’s botched independence bid, than on the economy.

NEW DELHI, April 23: Voting began in the third and largest phase of India’s staggered general election on Tuesday, including in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat and Kerala, where opposition Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi is contesting.

With a crowded field of 17 presidential candidates, candidates raised big numbers for the first quarter of 2019.

JAKARTA, April 17: Indonesians began voting in the world’s biggest single-day election on Wednesday as polling stations opened across the sprawling equatorial archipelago following a six-month campaign to choose a new president and parliament.

POKHARA, April 13: President of the main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) Sher Bahadur Deuba has called his party members to demonstrate that their intra-party feud has been settled through the Pokhara By-election.

KIEV, April 11: Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice who plays a fictional president in a popular TV series, is likely to win in Ukraine’s presidential election race, according to an opinion poll published on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, April 11: India's Election Commission has stopped the release of ‘PM Narendra Modi’ until the elections conclude on May 19, the Times of India reported. The film was scheduled to be released today -- coinciding the first day of India's general elections.

NEW DELHI, April 10: India will hold a general election starting on Thursday in the world’s largest democratic exercise, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second straight term.