KATHMANDU, Sept 13: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya has urged the political leaders not to construe the issue of election code of conduct in a different perspective based on the parties' opposition or ruling status. Political parties' understanding and implementation of election code of conduct should be the same, Thapaliya added.

KATHMANDU, August 24: Kathmandu Metropolitan City Mayor Balendra Shah (Balen) has directed teachers and employees to renounce their political party affiliation. Mayor Shah in a public notice directed all teachers and employees under the KMC to give up their party affiliation immediately.

KATHMANDU, August 1: The Election Commission (EC) has instructed the government and local units to take action against government employees, professors, teachers or employees who are members of political parties. On Sunday, the spokesperson for the Commission, Shaligram Sharma Poudel said that action will be taken against the incumbent employees who are members of various political parties.

KATHMANDU, July 8: A growing rift has been reported between mayors who won from independent candidacy and ward chairpersons who won the elections  on tickets from political parties. Independent mayors are heard clashing with representatives of political parties every day.

KATHMANDU, June 22: Many people have started announcing their candidacies even when the date for the election to the House of Representatives hasn’t been confirmed. The wave of announcing candidacy in Kathmandu and various other districts has started along with the government's preparations to announce the election date by mid-July.

NUWAKOT, May  21: Jag Bahadur Gurung of the CPN (Maoist Center) has been elected as the mayor of Belkotgadhi Municipality, Likewise, Shiva Prasad Dahal of the Nepali Congress (NC) has been elected as the deputy mayor.

KATHMANDU, May 20: Political parties associated with the five-party ruling coalition have won the elections to more than two-thirds local government.

KATHMANDU, May 13: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that the major political parties have been found violating the election code of conduct for the local level elections during the silence period.

KATHMANDU, May 7: With preparations for the May 13 local level election coming to a final phase, the Election Commission (EC) has tightened its screw against the breach of poll code of conduct.

The Election Commission (EC) has urged all the stakeholders concerned including the leaders of the political parties not to make confusing statements regarding the election.

KATHMANDU, April 9: The election code of conduct enforced by the Election Commission (EC) has come to effect across the country since April 8.

KATHMANDU, April 5: The leaders of various political parties got engaged in a heated argument in a meeting called by the Election Commission (EC) to discuss local level elections.

KATHMANDU, March 31: CPN (Unified Socialist) leader Jhala Nath Khanal has said that it is the responsibility of the political parties to protect the constitution of the country.

JHAPA, March 22: Thirty-six political parties including the Mangol National Organisation have been registered at the District Election Office, Jhapa, to contest in the upcoming local level elections.

KATHMANDU, March 22: After the Election Commission (EC) decided to provide election symbols, 58 political parties have submitted the details of their district level organization structures (district committees).

TANAHUN, March 7: Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML have asked the government to ensure relief to the families affected by a huge fire that broke out in Damauli of Tanahun district on Sunday afternoon.

KATHMANDU, March 4: The term of as many as 20 lawmakers of the National Assembly who were nominated to their respective positions in 2017 is set to end today.

GALKOT, Feb 21: With the preparation for civic polls gaining momentum, the political parties have focused their engagement at local level.

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: The top leaders of three major political parties held discussions at Singha Durbar before the meeting of the ruling alliance.

Intraparty Democracy at Stake in Nepal

January 27, 2022 06:30 am

This escalating ideological crisis within the political parties, lack of vision and clear action plan, disregard to the democratic norms in the selection of party leadership, sidelining the issues of inclusion as envisioned by the Constitution of Nepal, leaves ample grounds for suspicion on the ability and intention of political parties to institutionalize the nascent republican system of governance in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: The agitating Nepal Bar Association (NBA) has demanded the resignation of the Chief Justice and urged the Prime Minister and political parties to take appropriate steps.

Dreaming of a Government of Technocrats

September 12, 2021 06:45 am

Even if such a move won’t go far, it is a gamble worth taking because it would give a strong message to the entire nation: at times of crisis, when the leadership of political parties falls short, then other options can be made available.

EC scraps 41 political parties

August 4, 2021 08:43 am

KATHMANDU, August 4: The Election Commission (EC) has scrapped registration of 41 political parties.

Political Space for Youths

April 17, 2021 07:00 am

The political space for youths is going to contract further in South Asia including Nepal until and unless the senior leaders voluntarily give the youths the chance to lead.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: The Election Commission (EC) has urged all political parties to assist in the preparations for the upcoming House of Representatives (HoR) elections scheduled for April 30 and May 10.

That a large section of Nepali people are demanding restoration of monarchy is the indication of how the political parties are failing to govern the country and to institutionalize the federal democratic republic system as per the spirit of the constitution.

Even the most shameless criminals cannot publicly say that Dr KC’s demands are ill-intentioned, irrational and impossible to address.

The constitution has been vindicated

September 19, 2020 08:00 am

It would be a mistake to attribute the mess the ruling party has created, or the misconducts demonstrated by political parties across the spectrum, as the consequence of the constitution.

KATHMANDU, March 10: The joint leadership of two or more chiefs has become a new trend among political parties. Following this latest trend, the newly unified pro-Hindu state Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has decided to appoint three chairpersons.

KATHMANDU, Feb 5: Six former vice-chancellors of Tribhuvan University have urged the government to appoint the vice-chancellors and boards of trustees of the universities without further delay.

Control corruption

January 27, 2020 10:22 am

Political parties make corruption control their main agenda during election times and it features in their pledges and election manifestoes too. But when these same parties are in power, they somehow happen to abet corruption rather than controlling it. Current government of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has been no different in this regard. While cabinet ministers, even the Prime Minister, reiterate zero-tolerance against corruption in public utterances, their words do not match with actions. Look at some of the high-profile graft scams of the last couple of years.

Let women rise

January 22, 2020 10:07 am

While tendering her resignation from the post of deputy speaker of the House of Representatives on Monday to pave the way for the election of the post of Speaker, Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe made a statement that should make all political parties reflect on why and how they have been failing to ensure adequate representation of women in top political as well as administrative posts. ‘Patriarchy in Nepal is more entrenched than even monarchy.  We could overthrow monarchy, we still need to struggle to overthrow patriarchy,’ she said, in a rather moving resignation speech.

Shivamaya for Speaker

January 17, 2020 08:48 am

It seems that the quota system is not going to go away any day soon as long as our old fogies rule our land from their couches. Our political parties claim to be democratic but its own netas are autocratic losers who favor byaparis and mundrey dons over loyal, hardworking cadres when it comes to distributing tickets to fight elections.

Is the party over?

January 15, 2020 08:36 am

Three decades of politics based on party system following the restoration of democracy in 1990 requires some serious introspection. This is particularly pertinent at a time when a single party or amalgamation leading to a large party formation has actually put the country at an important crossroads. Nepal Communist Party (NCP) formed following the merger of former CPN (UML) and former Maoist (Center) has a historic opportunity before them.

Lessons from Sri Lanka

December 4, 2019 11:33 am

As a part of an international observation mission, this scribe had the opportunity to observe the election process of recently concluded presidential election of Sri Lanka. Brief observation of the election is compiled here in order to share their experiences and learn lessons from them.

Peace and injustice

November 21, 2019 08:49 am

Thirteen years ago on November 21, Nepal’s political parties made a breakthrough in peaceful resolution of the armed insurgency launched by Nepal Communist Party (Maoist). The parliamentary forces, in the face of repression by the direct rule of the King, stood together to extend hands with warring Maoists.

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: With the by-elections slated for November 30 approaching fast, the major political parties are busy in closed-door discussions to finalizing their candidates for the 52 seats at stake at the central, provincial and local government levels.

KATHMANDU, Oct 22: In an attempt to kick-start the long-stalled transitional justice (TJ) process, leaders of the two major political parties have come to an understanding to revise disputed TJ law, accommodating the concerns of conflict victims, and table a revised bill in parliament shortly after it resumes business.

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: Top guns of the major political parties have stressed forging unity among key political parties in the country for economic prosperity and development as they did for the political changes in the past.

KATHMANDU, Aug 27: There was huge optimism among people that the country was headed on the path of peace and stability after the formation of a new government with a near two-thirds majority in parliament. But such optimism has started to fade as people from different walks of life have started heating up the street again on a routine basis.

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: Political scientists have suggested the political parties that they revised their principles as per the changed context.

KATHMANDU, August 1: The political parties have suggested the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) has scheduled to hold the by-election in the Nepali month of Mangshir (Mid-November to Mid-December) for the vacant posts of locals levels, provincial assembly and House of Representatives.

Changing storytellers

July 8, 2019 01:30 am

Nepali people are tired of self-declared great storytellers of mainstream political parties and actors who are already past their prime

KATHMANDU, June 30: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday said that it was important for all political parties to be on the same side in matters relating to Nepal’s foreign affairs as he urged for the need of a coherent foreign policy.

Why I tore off the book

June 8, 2019 00:25 am

When bizarre things happen, people in Nepal often tend to say ‘this is Nepal’ meaning that anything can happen here and nothing is impossible. This seems to hold true in many cases. This is Nepal and we still don’t seem to be politically stable. This is Nepal and so many political parties are here. This is Nepal and we still don’t have water from Melamchi.

KATHMANDU, June 7: The ruling Nepal Communist Party leaders are still unable to finalize the work division of the central leaders as they continue to dispute over one-leader-one-position idea.

KATHMANDU, June 5: Civil Society Organizations have urged political parties to fulfill the environment-related promises made during the 2017 parliamentary and provincial elections.

BIRATNAGAR, May 29: Even 11 years after the end of the centuries-old monarchy and establishment of a federal republic order in Nepal, the people in the country seem unsatisfied with the growth and progress made.

Leaders, parties express condolences

February 28, 2019 07:57 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Top politicians, major political parties as well as members of the public took to various platforms on Wednesday to express their condolences over the death of Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and six others in a helicopter accident at Phungling of Taplejung while his entourage was returning from Pathibhara temple on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Co-chairman of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday stressed the unity among the political parties to steer the country toward the path of development and prosperity.