The Election Commission (EC) has suggested the three main political parties to jointly hold the election of the federal parliament and provincial assembly but in two different dates.
At a meeting between the top leaders of the three major parties and office-bearers of the Election Commission (EC) at the Prime Minister's residence at Baluwatar yesterday, the commission proposed the top brass to hold elections to the federal parliament and province assembly in the Himalayan districts on November 20 and on in remaining 21 districts December 7, for the commission said printing of the ballot papers in a single shot for all districts is not possible.
On the occasion, the EC officer-bearers asked the council of ministers to decide if the proposed dates are appropriate or not within the next few and pass the bill on elections within August 21 . Also the commission asked the top leader to pass the report of the election constituency determination commission by August 31.
UML leader Subas Nembang told the journalists that the parties agreed to form a political mechanism comprising chief whip of the major political parties to forge consensus on the two bills on the elections that were under consideration at the State Affairs Committee of the Parliament.
CPN (MC) leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the government will take a decision after holding further discussion on Friday.
The Constitution of Nepal mandates both the elections to be held before January 21, 2018.
Meanwhile, the election commission has appointed returning officers and election officers for the third phase of local level elections being held in province no 2 on September 18.
According to the spokesperson of the commission Surya Prasad Sharma, district judge has appointed as the returning officer for the respective district while, gazetted third class officers from judicial service have been made the election officers.