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Estimated result of HoR elections 2022 (as of 29 November 2022, some FPTP results still missing and PR counting going on,
138 seats necessary for majority)


Message from Nepali voters : This time, there were thousands who joined the fray with little resources or connections, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 29/11/2022)

Crystal gazing Nepal’s next five years : The independents contested the election to clean up the country’s politics and fight corruption, by Naresh Koirala (kp 29/11/2022)

Ruling Coalition In Driving Seat, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 29/11/2022)

Parties flouted laws, used children in elections, by Ruby Rauniyar (rep 29/11/2022)

Sarlahi sends no woman member into HoR, elects one under PA (kh 29/11/2022)

Over 9.6 million votes counted under PR category: EC (kh 29/11/2022), UML continues leading PR vote count with 2,607,472 votes (kh 29/11/2022)

Parties agree to resume vote counting in Communication Minister Karki's constituency (rep 29/11/2022), Counting of votes resumes in Udayapur-1, UML boycotts, by Maheshwor Chamling Rai (rep 29/11/2022)

UML stands first, NC second in Madhesh in Nov 20 elections (kh 29/11/2022)

UML’s Mahaseth elected from Dhanusha-4 (kh 29/11/2022)

UML’s Mahato clinches PA seat from Dhanusha 4(2) (kh 29/11/2022), UML’s Hari Narayan defeats Madhesh Province minister in Dhanusha-4 (B), by Surendra Yadav (rep 29/11/2022)

FPTP members elected to HoR so far (kh 29/11/2022)

Youth voice: What youths expect from faces of hope in parliament, by Sharana Sherpa and Anjali Shukla (nlt 28/11/2022),
Old parties failed to understand the new generation : The political template of Congress and Communists are decades old. Closed camps and cadre training don't work so well in the age of social media, interview with Krishna Khanal (kp 28/11/2022), Over 60 former MPs face defeat in parliamentary election (rep 28/11/2022)

Economic promises and challenges : None of the manifestos explains how to mobilise resources and enhance administration, by Chandan Sapkota (kp 28/11/2022)

Is communist alliance in the making? Poor performance of CPN (Maoist Center) in federal parliament polls and desperation of KP Oli and CPN-UML leaders to return to power indicate the possibility. But observers are not so sure (nlt 28/11/2022)

Nepal : Fractured Mandate, by Ajit Kumar Singh (SAIR 28/11/2022)

Parties Move To Form New Government, by Ballav Dahal (rn 28/11/2022)

Women representation nil under FPTP in Karnali province : Single candidate to represent Dalits (kh 28/11/2022)

On their own merit : If talent is discouraged in political parties, those committed to public service will seek alternatives (kp 28/11/2022)

Exploitation fears as more contractors become lawmakers : Stakeholders say contractor-turned lawmakers could misuse their influence to skew laws and policies in their favour, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/11/2022) [Teachers and other people in the public service are not allowed to run, but people who have a great economic advantage from their election are!]

Candidates begin submitting election spending (kh 28/11/2022), EC directs candidates and parties to submit election expenses within15 days (kh 28/11/2022), EC instructs candidates to submit their election expenses within 35 days (rep 28/11/2022)

Dang sees 5.92 percent votes invalid (kh 28/11/2022)

PR votes: UML leading followed by Nepali Congress (kh 28/11/2022), 15 percent votes under PR yet to be counted (kh 28/11/2022)

FPTP members elected to HoR so far (kh 28/11/2022)

Re-election to be held in Dolakha on Dec 1 (kh 28/11/2022), Repolling in 10 Dolakha booths on December 1 (ht 28/11/2022)

JSP’s Ashok Rai elected from Sunsari-1 (kh 28/11/2022)

Contours of post-election politics : Democracy seems to have become stronger with the popular quest for alternatives, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 27/11/2022), The ambition of politicians and the will of voters : Attempt of a first election analysis, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (Nepal Observer 27/11/2022) [see also Khabarhub 29/11/2022]

Ruling alliance fails to stop UML : Dissimilar ideologies of the parties in the coalition seems to have not favoured them, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 27/11/2022), Maoists had difficulties winning elections even in their bastions, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 27/11/2022), Deuba, Dahal commit to saving the alliance : KP Sharma Oli has also been reaching out to other parties to build a coalition he can lead, by Anil Giri (kp 27/11/2022) [The message from the voters is clear: Not these old failed politicians again! Without the manipulations of the top politicians, this message would have been much clearer!]

60 former MPs defeated in election (kh 27/11/2022)

Voters reject candidates favoured by top leaders : The trend reflects people’s growing frustration with the top brass and how the political parties are run, analysts say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 27/11/2022)

Voters’ Expectations, by Parmeshwar Devkota (rn 27/11/2022), Writing Is On The Wall For Parties, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 27/11/2022)

EC will decide on vote count resumption in Bajura, Syangja and Dolakha soon: Spokesperson Paudel (kh 27/11/2022), EC decides to hold re-election in 10 polling stations in Dolakha (kh 27/11/2022)

What caused lower voters turnout in this election?, by Ranju Kafle (rn 27/11/2022)

80 percent votes under PR counted so far: EC (kh 27/141/2022)

Election results of all districts but for three will come by November 29: EC (kh 27/11/2022)

General Election2022: Results of 157 seats under FPTP out (kh 27/11/2022)

Results of 156 constituencies out, Congress lead winning 51 seats : Nepali Congress has won 51 seats, followed by CPN-UML with 41 seats. Likewise, CPN (Maoist) and CPN (Unified Socialist) and Rastriya Swatantra Party have won 17 seats, 10 seats, and seven seats, respectively (nlt 27/11/2022), As counting nears end, picture of new House emerges : Congress leads in first-past-the-post tally, UML hopes to catch up with proportional representation votes, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 27/11/2022)

UML’s Subash Nemwang elected from Ilam-2 (kh 27/11/2022), UML’s Mahato elected from Mahottari-1 (kh 27/11/2022), NC’s Dig Limbu wins HoR seat from Morang-1 (kh 27/11/2022), UML’s Basnet elected from Ilam-1 defeating Jhalanath Khanal (kh 27/11/2022)

RPP wins 7 seats in Bagmati State Assembly (kh 27/11/2022), 14 CMs in five years: 7 won elections, two lost (rep 27/11/2022), Ruling coalition clinches victory in majority seats in Karnali PA (kh 27/11/2022)

Members elected to HoR so far (kh 27/11/2022)

PR votes: UML leading followed by Nepali Congress (kh 27/11/2022)

Counting of votes uncertain in Bajura (kh 27/11/2022)

Vote count in Sunsari-4 postponed since Saturday evening (kh 27/11/2022)

Remarkable Electoral Shifts, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 26/11/2022)

Caste-based voting on the wane in Madhesh, poll results suggest : As society becomes more diverse, the province has started to look more at candidates’ vision than their ethnicity, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 26/11/2022)

Established Madhes parties lose vote share to new outfits, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 26/11/2022)

Rabi Lamichhane discloses his election expenditure (kh 26/11/2022)

All candidates of ruling alliance win election in Karnali Province (kh 26/11/2022)

Khanal demands for reelection in Ilam (rep 26/11/2022)

Vote count halts in Sunsari-4 (kh 26/11/2022), ‘Communication minister demanded recounting of votes after he was certain to lose’ (rep 27/11/2022)

UML is losing ground in Gandaki Province. Congress making gains : In 2017, UML alone won 13 lower house seats from Gandaki, but this time its tally has reduced to just five, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 26/11/2022), Beating all odds, CPN–UML becomes leading force in Madhesh Province : But split cost the party dearly in Sudurpaschim and Karnali provinces, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/11/2022), NC’s Acharya elected HoR member from Kapilvastu-2 (kh 26/11/2022), RPP candidate Bohara defeats incumbent Home Minister Khand in Rupandehi-3 (rep 26/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Amanlal Modi wins from Morang-4 (kh 26/11/2022), NC’s Tejulal Chaudhary elected from Saptari-4 (kh 26/11/2022), RPP’s Bikram Pandey turns victorious in Chitwan-3 (kh 26/11/2022), NC’s Shahi clinches victory in Mugu (kh 26/11/2022), NC’s Mahendra Ray Yadav wins in Mahottari-4 (kp 26/11/2022), NC and UML garner over 2 million votes under PR category (kh 26/11/2022), Mahindra Raya Yadav elected from Sarlahi-2 (kh 26/11/2022)

PR vote count: UML leading followed by NC and RSP (kh 26/11/2022), PR votes: UML still ahead followed by NC and Maoist Center (kh 26/11/2022), PR Votes: Maoist Center takes a lead against Rastriya Swatantra Party, UML continues the lead as NC trails behind it (rep 26/11/2022), NC and UML garner over 2 million votes under PR category (kh 26/11/2022), 7.6 million votes counted under PR category: EC (kh 26/11/2022), 7.6 million votes counted under proportional category (rep 26/11/2022)

Re-poll in Bajura's Budhinanda today (rn 26/11/2022)

Panel formed to probe deaths following vote-related dispute (ht 26/11/2022)

Update: Members elected to HoR (kh 26/11/2022), JSP’s Raj Kishor elected from Siraha-2 (kh 26/11/2022),

UML’s Malla clinches PA seat in Mugu (1) (kh 26/11/2022), NC wins PA seat in Nuwakot 2(2) (kh 26/11/2022)

Vox Populi : The people have spoken: they do not want business as usual in politics (nt 25/11/2022), The Nepali people have spoken : Voters have made their dissatisfaction with the country’s serial politicians clear: shape up or ship out, by Sonia Awale (nt 25/11/2022)

The underdogs have won. Now what? The next five years will be crucial, not just for the newer parties, but also for the older lot, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 25/11/2022)

Expat push key to Swatantra Party’s electoral success : Migrant workers and students studying abroad had urged their family members back in Nepal to cast their votes in favour of RSP this election, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 25/11/2022), RSP, new kid on the block, chimes with voters : Wins five parliamentary seats in valley, placed 3rd in PR vote count, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/11/2022)

Women participation in HoR: Seven get directly elected, two still leading (kh 25/11/2022) [Besides 158 males: this is what the patriarchal party leaders call appropriate and "inclusive"!], Women candidates in HoR and PA elections of 2079 BS, by Smriti Dhungana (rep 25/11/2022)

Polls largely fair : The govt and the EC have failed to ensure the voting right of the Nepali migrant workers (ht 25/11/2022) [Elections that are dominated and manipulated by the Tagadhari, especially Bahun patriarchy and discriminate against women, Janajatis, Madheshis, Dalits and Muslims can hardly be called fair!]

Lingden lifts Rastriya Prajatantra Party’s status in the House : On Thursday evening, the party’s share of proportional representation votes was 7 percent, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/11/2022) [The improvement of the RPP must also be attributed primarily to the bad policies and largely failed manipulations of the erstwhile major parties. The probably 6 or 7 per cent share in the PR vote shows that people do not really want a return to Hindu state and monarchy!]

Problem persists in three districts as Election Commission fails to resolve issues : The body is studying the disputes and has announced re-polls at a centre in Bajura (kp 25/11/2022)

14,849 votes invalid in HoR, PA poll in Kailali-3 (rn 25/11/2022)

UML’s Mainali elected HoR member from Bara-1 (kh 25/11/2022), NC’s Yadav elected HoR member from Dhanusha-2 (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Mahato elected to HoR from Dhanusha-3 (kh 25/11/2022), NC’s Dr. Shekhar Koirala elected from Morang-6 (kh 25/11/2022), NC candidate wins HoR seat from Nawalparasi (Bardaghat-Susta East)-2 (kh 25/11/2022), RPP’s Dhruba Pradhan elected from Nawalparasi-2 (kh 25/11/2022), Panchthar: UML’s candidate Nembang wins HoR seat (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Uprety wins HoR seat from Sarlahi-3 (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Gokul Baskota ensures victory in Kavre-2 (kh 25/11/2022), NC’s Dilli Raj Pant elected from Kailali-5 (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Pradip Gyawali concedes defeat : "I take responsibility for adverse results" (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Gurung clinches HoR seat from Kaski-1 (kh 25/11/2022), Birendra Mahato of JSP wins from Siraha-4 (rep 25/11/2022), UML’s Gaire elected HoR member from Palpa-2 (kh 25/11/2022), NUP’s Chaudhary wins from Kailali 2 (kh 25/11/2022), NC’s Sunil Sharma gets elected from Morang-3 (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Acharya wins HoR seat from Palpa-1 (kh 25/11/2022), Mahantha Thakur clinches HoR seat from Mahottari-3 (kh), NC’s Thapa wins from Syangja-1 (kh 25/11/2022), UML leader Bishnu Poudel elected from Rupandehi-2 (kh 25/11/2022)

Pathak elected PA member from Nawalparasi (Bardaghat-Susta West)-1 (1) (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Maharjan elected PA member from Lalitpur 3(2) (kh 25/11/2022), UML’s Basnet wins in Sunsari-1 (A), by Rohit Rai (rep 25/11/2022), NC’s Karki wins in Morang-6 (B) (rep 25/11/2022), Minister Shahi elected in Dolpa (B) (rep 25/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Shrestha wins PA member from Ramechhap (kh 25/11/2022)

The stark message of elections, by Shiva P Tiwari (ae 24/11/2022), What are the new prime minister’s biggest challenges?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 24/11/2022), Lessons from election (ae 24/11/2022)

The scrutiny of incoming Swatantra Party lawmakers has already begun : While some find party’s lack of clear ideology troubling, others reckon its ranks of field experts will serve well, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 24/11/2022)

In Madhesh, political ground is shifting : Fourteen years after the Madhesh movement, voters have punished its major faces in the recent polls, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/11/2022), CK Raut’s Janamat Party emerges as a strong regional force : His victory surprised many as his party’s performance during the May local elections had been dismal, Abdhesh Kumar Jha & Santosh Singh (kp 24/11/2022)

Times they’re changing : The rise of the Rastriya Swatantra Party reflects the passion for change among Nepali voters (kp 24/11/2022)

Sobita Gautam and Dr Toshima Karki: New faces kindling hope in Kathmandu and outside : They did not resort to blame-game, their election campaign was sober and comparatively frugal. Rise of Sobita Gautam and Dr Toshima Karki has now ignited a new hope among youths, by Sharana Sherpa (nlt 24/11/2022)

Rise of rebels, fall of ‘yes-men’ : General secretaries of CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist lost the elections while the general secretaries duo of Nepali Congress won the race, by Dhan Bahadur Khadka (nlt 24/11/2022)

Polling for Nepal's parliament 2022: Ballot box or cyber-voting?, by Anand Aditya (ht 24/11/2022)

Defining Contours Of Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 24/11/2022)

Stability For Sustainable Development, by Bishnu Prasad Khanal (rn 24/11/2022)

Vote count of 88 constituencies concludes; NC wins 33 seats, UML 19 and Maoist Center nine seats (rep 24/11/2022), Members elected to HoR so far (kh 24/11/2022)

Rabi Lamichhane ensures victory from Chitwan-2 : Official announcement yet to be made (kh 24/11/2022), Rabi Lamichhane secures landslide victory in Chitwan-2 : Lamichhane secured 49,261 votes, while Umesh Shrestha of Nepali Congress bagged 15,091 votes (nlt 24/11/2022), NC’s Rathaur wins HoR seat from Banke 3 (kh 24/11/2022), Unified Socialist’s Joshi elected HoR member from Bajhang (kh 24/11/2022), UML’s Ghimire elected HoR member from Rupandehi 5 (kh 24/11/2022), UML’s Gurung elected HoR member from Lamjung (kh 24/11/2022), UML’s Gurung wins from Lamjung, defeats Maoist’s heavyweight Dev Gurung : Gurung bagged 31,789 votes, while Prithivi Subba Gurung got 34,969 votes (nlt 24/11/2022), Deepak Singh defeats Kamal Thapa in  Makwanpur-1 (rep 24/11/2022), Kamal Thapa concedes defeat (kh 24/11/2022), Unified Socialist’s Ale wins HoR seat from Doti (kh 24/11/2022), RSP’s Dr. Toshima Karki elected from Lalitpur-3 (kh 24/11/2022), UML’s Thapa elected HoR member from Pyuthan (kh 24/11/2022), Maoist Chairman Prachanda elected to HoR from Gorkha-2 (kh 24/11/2022), NC leader Paudel elected HoR member from Tanahun 1 (kh 24/11/2022), Suwal elected to HoR from Bhaktapur-1 (kh 24/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Sharma wins HoR member from Dang-2 (kh 24/11/2022), Unified Socialist Chair Madhav Nepal elected from Rautahat-1 (kh 24/11/2022), UML makes clean sweep in Parbat (kh 24/11/2022), CPN-UML’s LP Sanwa elected HoR member from Jhapa-4 (kh 24/11/2022), Dr. Shashank clinches fourth win in a row (kh 24/11/2022), RPP’s Deepak Singh wins in Makwanpur-1 (kh 24/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Pasang defeats UML’s Bishal Bhattarai in Khotang (kh 24/11/2022), Man Bahadur Rai elected HoR member from Solukhumbu (rep 24/11/2022), NC leader Paudel elected as HoR member from Tanahun-1 (rep 24/11/2022), Ruling alliance candidate wins HoR seat in Sarlahi-1 (rep 24/11/2022), NC wins election in Myagdi after 23 years (rn 24/11/2022), NC comes winner in Sidhuli-1 (kh 24/11/2022), UML’s Bidya Bhattarai wins HoR seat in Kaski-2 (kh 24/11/2022), Rajendra Lingden wins from Jhapa-3 : Lingden defeated Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula by a margin of 3,276 votes (nlt 24/11/2022), RSP’s Hari Dhakal wins in Chitwan-1 (kh 24/11/2022), UML wins HoR, PA seats in Arghakhanchi (kh 24/11/2022), Nagarik Unmukti Party’s Ranjita Shrestha wins in Kailali-1 (kh 24/11/2022), NC’s Yadav wins HoR seat in Saptari-3 (kh 24/11/2022), CPN (Maoist Center) candidate Sapkota elected HoR member from Sindhupalchowk-1 (rn 24/11/2022), RSP’s Hari Dhakal wins in Chitwan-2 (rep 24/11/2022), Ramshankar Yadav wins from Siraha-1 (rep 24/11/2022), NC leader Khadka elected from Surkhet-1 (kh 24/11/2022), NC’s Karki secures HoR post from Nawalparasi East-2 (kh 24/11/2022), NC rebel candidate Amaresh Kumar Singh elected from Sarlahi-4 (kh 24/11/2022), Rayamajhi wins HoR seat from Arghakhanchi (kh 24/11/2022)

Maoist Center secures PA seats from Sindhupalchok (kh 24/11/2022), CPN-UML wins PA seats from Gulmi-2 (kh 24/11/2022), Results of PA elections 2022 so far (kh 24/11/2022), Lakshman Kishore Chaudhary wins PA seat from Kailali-1B (rep 24/11/2022), Anurag Khadka wins in Dang-1 (rep 24/11/2022), UML's Menyangwo elected province assembly member from Taplejung A (rep 24/11/2022), Vindu Kumar Thapa wins in Kaski-2B (rep 24/11/2022), Janmajaya Timilsina elected provincial assembly member from Bardia 2 A (rep 24/11/2022), Sakil Mia of Janamat Party wins Province Assembly seat from Saptari-1(B) (rep 24/11/2022)

Shishir Khanal wins from Kathmandu-6 (nlt 23/11/2022), Yogesh Bhattarai elected from Taplejung (nlt 23/11/2022), Gokarna Bista elected from Gulmi-2 for third consecutive time (nlt 23/11/2022), CK Raut elected from Saptari-2 with a wide margin (nlt 23/11/2022), Pradip Poudel elected from Kathmandu-5 : Poudel defeated CPN-UML leader Ishwar Pokharel by 5,065 votes (nlt 23/11/2022), Sobita Gautam elected from Kathmandu-2 (nlt 23/11/2022), Sher Bahadur Deuba elected for seventh consecutive time from Dadeldhura (nlt 23/11/2022), RSP’s Dr. Toshima Karki elected from Lalitpur-3  (kh 23/11/2022), Unified Socialist candidate registers first win from Achham (kh 23/11/2022), NC’s Thani secures HoR seat from Surkhet-2 (kh 23/11/2022), RPP’s Rana elected from Banke Constituency-2 (kh 23/11/2022), NC’s Rajendra KC elected from Kathmandu Constituency-10 (kh 23/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Ghartimar gets elected from Rukum East (kh 23/11/2022), Resham Chaudhary’s father Lalveer Chaudhary wins in Bardiya-2 (kh 23/11/2022), Nagarik Unmukti Party turns victorious in all seats in Kailali-3 (kh 23/11/2022), JSP’s Pradeep Yadav wins from Parsa-1 (kh 23/11/2022), JSP’s Pradeep Yadav wins from Parsa-1 (kh 23/11/2022), Maoist Center’s Devendra Poudel elected from Baglung-2 (kh 23/11/2022), NC candidate Ramhari Khatiwada wins  from Okhaldhunga (kh 23/11/2022), NC candidate Ajay Chaurasiya wins in Parsa-2 (kh 23/11/2022), UML Chair KP Oli wins by a huge margin in Jhapa-5 (kh 23/11/2022), Unified Socialist’s Kisan Shrestha elected from Bara-4 (kh 23/11/2022), NC leader Lekhak wins in Kanchanpur-3 (kh 23/11/2022), KC of Rastriya Janamorcha wins HoR seat from Baglung-1 (rep 23/11/2022)

NC’s Ale gets victory in Province Assembly from Tanahun (kh 23/11/2022), UML’s Dhami becomes victorious in Darchula PA-1 (kh 23/11/2022), RPP wins in both PA seats in Kathmandu-2 (kh 23/11/2022), NC makes clean sweep in Kathmandu-1 (kh 23/11/2022), CPN-UML’s Pachhai wins PA seat in Jumla (kh 23/11/2022)

Validation of the existing order : Voters have validated the status quo with their participation as well as abstention, by CK Lal (kp 23/11/2022)

A eulogy to unfact : During election campaigns, when truth is reduced to pithy slogans, facts are far from simple errors of details, by Dharma Adhikari (kp 23/11/2022)

Nepalis Vote For A Change, by Namrata Sharma (rn 23/11/2022)

After ballot paper mix-up, calls grow for shift to electronic voting : Election observers blame polling officers for the problem, by Bijnod Ghimire (kp 23/11/2022)

135 election employees awaiting rescue in Upper Dolpa (kh 23/11/2022)

Shape up or ship out : The major political forces must start the long process of their renewal right now. They have been adequately warned (kp 22/11/2022), The mavericks are coming : The parties should get the message that the Nepali people are getting tired of their ways, by Achyut Wagle (kp 22/11/2022)

Newer parties could make gains in Nepal's election, analysts say (ht 22/11/2022)

Voters Indifferent To Poll, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 22/11/2022)

UML’s Shrestha wins HoR election from Kathmandu-9 (nlt 22/11/2022)

NC candidate Patel elected PA member from Parsa-2 A (rn 22/11/2022)

NC wins PA seat in Rasuwa-1 (kh 22/11/2022)

RPP wins Province Assembly seat in Kathmandu- 2(1) (kh 22/11/2022)

Nagarik Unmukti Party’s Chaudhary wins in Kailali-3 (kh 22/11/2022), What is the Nagarik Unmukti Party about? Here is basic information about the Nagarik Unmukti Party that is emerging as a new force in west Terai of Nepal (nlt 22/11/2022)

Prakash Man Singh re-elected from Kathmandu-1 : Nepali Congress leader won for the fourth time beating Rastriya Prajatantra Party leader Rabindra Mishra by just 125 votes (nlt 22/11/2022), Gagan Thapa elected from Kathmandu-4
Thapa has garnered 21,302 votes, while his nearest rival Bhattarai secured 13,855
(nlt 22/11/2022)

Congress takes lead in preliminary vote counting : Rastriya Swatantra Party makes an encouraging entry into national politics (kp 22/11/2022)

When Nepal stops : Government service delivery comes to a halt during elections. The cost is evident all around (kp 21/11/2022) [The way in which elections are organised is irrational and in many respects represents a serious restriction of basic civil rights!], Heavy security presence at polling centres perplexes tourists, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 21/11/2022)

Federal parliament election 2022 result: Prem Bahadur Maharjan wins from Lalitpur-2 : CPN-UML candidate Prem Bahadur Maharjan has been elected to federal parliament from Lalitpur Constituency-2 (nlt 21/11/2022)

Vote counting halted in Gorkha district as dispute escalates over election-rigging : The vote counting process has not yet started in Gorkha where Maoist chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal is one of the contenders (nlt 21/11/2022)

‘Back-to-back elections also led to low voter turnout : ‘People say why give the same old parties another chance when they have failed to perform, repeatedly’, interview with Sanjeev Humagain (kp 21/11/2022)

What does the result of the initial vote count suggest?, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 21/11/2022)

NC’s Sherchan elected to Mustang’s Provincial Assembly (B) (kh 21/11/2022)

NC candidate Gurung wins from Mustang in Gandaki Province Assembly (kh 21/11/2022), NC's Namdu Gurung wins Province Assembly seat from Mustang (rn 21/11/2022)

Nepali Congress wins HoR seat in Mustang (nlt 21/11/2022), Yogesh becomes centre of attraction in Mustang political scene after winning election (rn 21/11/2022)

Vote counting of FPTP, PR being conducted simultaneously (kh 21/11/2022)

NA defuses homemade bomb in Dhankuta (kh 21/11/2022)

Sunday’s elections a test for old players, newcomers alike : Except for the 1999 elections, independent candidates have always won seats in Nepal’s parliament, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 21/11/2022)

Nepal votes 2022: Frustrated with mainstream parties, many voters stay away from polling booths : Observers say a variety of other reasons have contributed to the low turnout of voters at federal parliament and provincial assemblies elections (nlt 20/11/2022), Nepal Elections: Voter turnout of 61 percent; counting to start tonight : The voter turnout in the last elections in 2017 was around 70 percent. It was 60 percent and 78 percent in 2008 and 2013 Constituent Assembly elections (nlt 20/11/2022), Around 61 percent cast votes in largely peaceful polls : Disputes and incidents of violence were reported in some places, with one death and several injuries. Repolling required in 15 centres across provinces, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/11/2022) ["Peaceful" looks different!], Polling marred by incidents of violence in some districts : Police fire warning shots at some stations to disperse crowds. One person died from bullet wounds while 3, including a policeman, got injured in Bajura, by Arjun Shah (kp 21/11/2022), Frustration with old guard cited as main reason for relatively low turnout : Without independent candidates and new parties, the voter turnout would have been lower still, observers say, by Nishan Khatiwada and Anup Ojha (kp 21/11/2022)

Unequal votes: The undemocratic election system of Nepal : Having population as the criterion for electoral constituency delineation will not do any justice to the actual constituents. The number of voters should be the main basis for constituency delineation, by Sindhuj Thapa (nlt 20/11/2022)

Rampant use of minors in election campaigning reported : Authorised monitoring teams have reported as many as 165 incidents of use of minors in poll-related activities, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/11/2022)

Thousands of eligible citizens outside constituencies denied voting rights : The election commission should have come up with an arrangement to allow eligible voters based anywhere within the country to vote, experts say (kp 20/11/2022)

Foreign election observers make election supervision (rep 20/11/2022), 46 organizations, including two foreign ones, observe Sunday’s election (kh 20/11/2022)

Elderly voters return after security personnel tell them not to take keys to polling station (rep 20/11/2022) [?????]

Controversy in Dhanusha and Saptari after provincial assemblies’ ballot papers given instead of HoR ballot paper (rep 20/11/2022)

EC directs not to postpone voting over minor disputes (rep 20/11/2022)

What sets this election apart : The country goes to polls amid rising frustration, decline of ideology and advent of some promising new forces, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 20/11/2022)

Winds of change as country is geared to vote (kp 20/11/2022)

Day of voters’ freedom : Voters know that lust for power and position dominates the atmosphere of democratic politics, by Abhi Subedi (kp 20/11/2022)

Rise of Rastriya Swatantra Party due to frustration with major parties Which parties will suffer due to rise of Swatantra Party? How will ruling coalition and UML fare?, by Ameet Dhakal (Setopati 20/11/2022))

A story of working class couple for whom elections meant literally nothing : "We have to work for a square meal a day. If we don't work, we'll have nothing to eat. We get sound sleep only when we have a decent meal" (nlt 20/11/2022)

Polls Landmark For Federal Republic, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 20/11/2022)

How is Nepal voting? Know about Nepal’s federal and provincial assembly elections (nlt 20/11/2022)

Voting taking place enthusiastically in peaceful environment: Observers (kh 20/11/2022) (related to Kathmandu)

Election: Scheduled time for casting votes concludes (kh 20/11/2022), Voting time for general election is over (rep 20/11/2022), Voting put off in 15 polling stations across the country: Election Commission (rep 20/11/2022)

Police fire in air as Biplav faction tries to disrupt election in Chitwan (kh 20/11/2022), Election obstruction attempt foiled in Chitwan, by Saligram Nepal (rn 20/11/2022), Voting affected as explosion takes place at Khairapur polling station in Bardiya (kh 20/11/2022), Bomb explodes in Khairapur polling station in Bardiaya (kh 20/11/2022), Firing in five districts, hoax bombs in 27 places, voting postponed in 11 centers (kh 20/11/2022), Violent activities during elections; police fire warning shots in five districts : Police fire warning shots to quash clashes in Siraha, Bajura, Chitwan, Dolkha and Rautahat district (nlt 20/11/2022), Voting underway despite bomb explosion outside Shirise polling station in Ilam (rep 20/11/2022), NA team disposes bomb found in Gorkha polling station, by Narhari Sapkota (rep 20/11/2022), Voting continues despite explosion at Sharada Secondary School Polling Station in Kailali, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 20/11/2022), Police open blank fire in Doti, voting resumes, by Keshav Chandra Mahara (rn 20/11/2022), People injured in clash at Humla polling station (kh 20/11/2022), Firing in Tamakoshi polling station in Dolakha, one policeman injured (kh 20/11/2022), Ballot box catches fire in Bajura (kh 2011/2022), Ballot boxes set on fire in Bajura  (rep 20/11/2022), Ballot box torched in Nawalparasi, by Basanta Dhungana (rep), Voting suspended in 15 centres (kh 20/11/2022), Police opens 53 rounds of blank fire in five districts (kh 20/11/2022), Police fire 38 rounds of aerial shots in 8 districts, voting postponed at 63 places (rep 20/11/2022), One dies in election clash between two sides (rep 20/11/2022), One killed in Bajura as police opens fire (rep 20/11/2022), One dead as police open fire during clash at polling station in Bajura : Three injured have been medevaced to Kathmandu for treatment, by Arjun Shah (kp 20/11/2022), Army conducts air patrols in sensitive areas of Rolpa and Rukum (rep 20/11/2022), Voting suspended in Surkhet due to dispute (rep 20/11/2022), Three arrested for allegedly disrupting voting process in Rukum (West), Voting affected in 44 election centres across 25 districts, by Mahesh KC (kp 20/11/2022), Police officer injured while firing warning shot : Security personnel on duty were compelled to open fire to contain the situation, said police, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 20/11/2022)

Inmates of the Central Jail cast votes (kh 20/11/2022), Central jail inmates cast vote (kh 20/11/2022), 20 inmates in Kalikot jail cast their votes (rep 20/11/2022), 348 prisoners cast votes  in Karnali (rep 20/11/2022)

Voting underway in peaceful manner at all polling stations in Banke (rep 20/11/2022)

General Election 2022: Voting underway in Nepal (kh 20/11/2022), 32 percent voting across the country until 12.45pm (kh 20/11/2022), 52 percent votes cast in Lalitpur district till 3:00 pm (kh 20/11/2022), More than 50 percent votes cast in Mustang and Manang, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 20/11/2022), 70.67 percent votes casts in Manang (rep 20/11/2022), 64 percent votes cast  in Rasuwa by 3:30PM (rep 20/11/2022), 45 percent votes cast in Ilam as of 3:30PM (rep 20/11/2022),  60 percent of votes cast in Dang (rep 20/11/2022), 55 percent votes cast in 10 constituencies of Kathmandu (kh 20/11/2022), Preliminary report puts 60 percent voter turnout in today’s HoR and PA elections (kh 20/11/2022)

A look back at Nepal’s democratic elections, since 1959 : Nepal has conducted seven elections to parliament, including two to the Constituent Assembly. Today’s is the eighth, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 20/11/2022)

Lack of citizenship robs youths of voting rights : The state has discriminated against the children of those who acquired citizenship by birth, say civil society leaders, by Bhusan Yadav and Laxmi Sah (kp 19/11/2022) [The highest responsibility lies with Ms Bhandari. Whatever the president says, she had to sign the amendment recently, according to the constitution. Was it obeisance to KP Oli because he feared dissenting votes from the youth in the Tarai for his conduct in the 2015/16 Tarai movement?]

Rise of young, independent candidates a worrying sign for ageing political leaders, by Santosh Sharma Poudel (rep 19/11/2022)

Four polling booths in Manang have less than 100 voters (rep 19/11/2022)

Commitment on road safety in the parties’ manifestos: Will they be implemented? This is likely the first time in Nepal's history that clear electoral promises have been made regarding both public transport and road safety, by Prakriti Aryal (nlt 19/11/2022)

Government geared to address security threats during election : Home Secretary Binod Prakash Singh said district administration offices have seized 2,025 small arms to minimise the security threat, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/11/2022)

The right and responsibility to vote : Every vote matters and those who are eligible to vote, experts advise, should not squander the opportunity, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 19/11/2022)

EC cracks whip against poll code violators : Cancels seven development projects that urban development ministry okayed on Thursday (ht 19/11/2022)

International poll observers arrive in Nepal : Observation mainly involves field monitoring of election by one or more independent parties (ht 19/11/2022)

30 media outlets violate code of conduct: PCN (kh 19/11/2022)

Security beefed up in PM Deuba’s home district Dadeldhura (kh 19/11/2022)

Police nab ‘anti-election’ demonstrators in Kathmandu (kh 19/11/2022)

Suspicious object found at three places in Chitwan (rep 19/11/2022)

Suspicious objects being planted to spread panic (kh 19/11/2022)

Myagdi sees beatings, burning of motorbikes and vandalism during the silent period (rep 19/11/2022)

UML candidate Niraula under police custody on charges of distributing money to influence votes (rep 19/11/2022)

Election silence has largely been honoured, observers say : Interpretations vary of the political parties and their candidates paying for bus rides to voters’ home districts across the country (kp 19/11/2022)

100,000 leave Valley on Friday for vote : Major boarding points such as Koteshwar, Jadibuti, Lokanthali, Kalanki and Balku remained packed with people catching buses to destinations outside the Valley (kp 19/11/2022), People leave Kathmandu Valley in droves to cast vote, most voters want to elect youth candidates (rep 19/11/2022)

Three prisons in Kathmandu Valley prepare for conducting voting (rn 19/11/2022)

Nov 20: Govt mobilizes 34,838 armed police personnel (kh 19/11/2022)

NHRC urges all parties to play a constructive role in conducting elections in a free and fair environment (rep 19/11/2022)

Caste Vote : Even more than in previous elections political parties are falling back on caste vote banks because of the absence of party ideology, by Chandra Kishore (nt 18/11/2022)

Depending on independents : Urban voters are disenchanted with traditional politics, but established parties still hold sway in districts, by Shristi Karki (nt 18/11/2022)

Dejected voters reject polls : Fed up with empty assurances and wild promises, villagers decide to collectively boycott Sunday's elections, by Anita Bhetwal (nt 18/11/2022)

Voters cynical about electoral alliances : Party ties for the 20 November polls confuse and divide citizens across the Inner Tarai and Madhes Province, by Namrata Sharma (nt 18/11/2022)

“No Not Again”: What Nepalis need to be aware of?, by Diwakar Dhakal (rep 18/11/2022)

Upcoming election: A test of Nepali voters, by Nir Bahadur Karki (ht 18/11/2022)

Everything you need to know about the controversial Constituency Development Fund (nlt 18/18/2022) [A fund exclusively for directly elected MPs who were previously nominated in an extremely socially non-inclusive way by the high-caste leadership of the parties!]

Govt decides to increase surveillance on Biplav-led NCP : Nepal Army's bomb disposal team at 900 locations (kh 18/11/2022)

Vote wisely : Those voting in the upcoming elections will have a big responsibility on their shoulders (kp 18/11/2022)

Nepal votes 2022: The country observes ‘Silence Period’, EC urges all not to violate laws : “Violation of the Silence Period that has been enforced since midnight in view of the elections to the Member of the House of Representatives and Province Assembly is punishable by laws” (nlt 18/11/2022)

All preparations for Nov 20 election complete: EC (kh 18/11/2022), Election materials, security personnel arrive at all voting stations (kh 18/11/2022), Election materials, officials sent in helicopters to Upper Dolpa (kh 18/11/2022)

EC seeks clarifications from Rural Municipality Chief, administrative officer (kh 18/11/2022)

Major trading post in Birgunj closed for 72 hours (kh 18/11/2022)

Election Commission fines Manange Rs 25,000 (kh 19/11/2022)

Contest Of Old And New Faces, by Tirtha Bhattarai (rn 18/11/2022)

5,779 security personnel mobilized in Kathmandu for election (rn 18/11/2022)

Everything you need to know before Nov 20 polls, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 17/11/2022)

Increasing invalid votes cause for concern, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 17/11/2022)

Women struggle to find a solid footing in the parliament, by Anushka Nepal (ae 17/11/2022)

How will people with disabilities vote? The Election Commission seems to have a ‘something is better than nothing’ approach to inclusiveness. It’s preparations are too little, too late, by Cilla Khatry (ae 17/11/2022)

Conflict victims find no hope in election : There is a widespread resentment and anger among conflict victims and survivors against the political parties, by Yadab Acharya (ae 17/11/2022)

Voter frustration with major parties growing : Some observers equate the current state of public dissatisfaction to that which existed before the April 2006 movement, by Tika R Pradhan and Purushottam Poudel (kp 17/11/2022)

Two injured in IED explosion in Banke (rep), Treatment of Chand-led party cadres injured in bomb blast under police supervision (rep 17/11/2022), Nepal Army defuses suspicious object found in Lalitpur (rep 18/11/2022)

EC plans to make public FPTP results within three days (rn 17/11/2022), Parliament Elections 2022: Election Commission Nepal plans to make public FPTP results within three days : Nepal's election management body was criticized for not expediting the vote counting process during the local polls held on earlier this year (nlt 17/11/2022), Poll body aims to complete counting FPTP votes in 3 days : Silence period began from Thursday midnight, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/11/2022)

Women leaders contesting polls against men ‘heavyweights’ in Dang (kh 17/11/2022)

Nov 20 election: Silence period to begin tonight (kh 17/11/2022)

Bagmati Province has three million 471,792 eligible voters (kh 17/11/2022)

Unidentified vandals try to set fire to an election candidate's car in Madi (17/11/2022)

Indian national held with large quantity of sample ballot papers (rep 17/11/2022)

Complaints against Hamro Nepali Party candidates for trying to cash in on Balen Shah’s ‘image’ : Dinesh Thapaliya, the chief election commissioner, says his office is studying the complaints, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/11/2022)

Minister Chaudhary faces tough challenge in Dang-1 : Metmani Chaudhary was elected from the constituency in the previous House elections as a CPN-UML candidate, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/11/2022)

Five battleground constituencies in Madhesh Province : In the local elections held earlier this year, Nepali Congress emerged as the largest party in the province, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 17/11/2022)

Election 2022: Some old lies, some new. Alliances have nothing to do with long-held party policies, good governance, economic delivery, foreign policy or national interests, by Balmukunda Regmi (kp 16/11/2022)

‘Mero Pratinidhi’ released to deliver election information to public (rep 16/11/2022) [see corresponding website]

15,000 fake ballot papers seized in Parsa (kh 16/11/2022)

Umesh Shrestha’s vehicle vandalized in Bharatpur (rep 16/11/2022)

Bomb blasts near Prachanda’s election event venue in Bhojpur (kh 16/11/2022)

46 organizations, including two foreign ones, to observe November 20 election (kh 16/11/2022), 46 organizations including two int’l ones being deployed for election observation (rep 16/11/2022)

84 media outlets found violating code of conduct (kh 16/11/2022)

Non-essential vehicles will be off road in the Valley on Nov 20 (rep 16/11/2022), Public transport to remain off road on November 20 (kh 17/11/2022)

Election not a priority for migrant workers from Jumla : A majority of young men from Sinja are currently working in various Indian cities and are not coming home for next week’s elections, by DB Budha (kp 16/11/2022) [Both the Oli and Deuba governments deliberately failed to provide postal voting to migrant workers as mandated by the SC years ago!],
Leave no one out : Unless Nepalis abroad renounce their citizenship, they should get to take part in the democratic exercise (kp 16/11/2022)

Rabi Lamichhane alleges “elements” of trying to defame and demoralize him (kh 16/11/2022), Complaint demands annulment of Rabi Lamichhane’s candidacy : The complaint filed at the district election office in Chitwan states that Lamichhane did not relinquish his Nepali citizenship even after taking the citizenship certificate of another country (kp 16/11/2022), Issue over Lamichhane’s citizenship gets complex : Election Commission unlikely to decide on the matter before the voting day, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/11/2022), EC seeks explanation from Ravi Lamichhane over citizenship controversy (rep 17/11/2022)

Govt says preparations for election-focused security arrangements complete (rep 16/11/2022)

Vote will not be counted if the confidentiality of the ballot is breached: CEC Thapaliya (rep 16/11/2022)

Over 71 per cent polling stations deemed sensitive (rn 16/11/2022)

Complaint demanding cancellation of candidature of Gandaki Province Finance Minister Baral filed at EC (rep 16/11/2022)

Deprived and repeatedly duped, Musahars are losing faith in state : The residents of Musahari tole in Dhanusha say party leaders come seeking their votes before every election, but forget about them as soon as they get elected, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 15/11/2022)

Growing acts of violence add to security challenges for next week’s elections : Incidents of clashes, vandalism and personal attacks have rapidly increased, threatening free and fair polls, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/11/2022)

Seven persons arrested for campaigning against elections (kh 15/11/2022) [????]

No use of mobile phones, camera at polling stations: EC (rn 15/11/2022)

Lahareni in Myagdi untouched by election fever (kh 15/11/2022)

Security arrangement in place for election (kh 15/11/2022)

Ruling alliance faces a tall order for vote transfer in Rolpa : For the federal polls, Barsha Man Pun, the deputy general secretary of the Maoist Centre, is up against Purna Bahadur Budha, his former comrade-in-arms, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 15/11/2022)

Govt allocates Rs 20.04 billion for Nov 20 Elections (rep 15/11/2022)

Holiday from Nov 18 to 21 in schools being used as polling stations (rep 15/11/2022)

Don’t remove LGBTIQ+ persons from the PR closed list: SC (kh 14/11/2022), Court orders Election Commission not to remove names of LGBTIQ+ from the PR list (nlt 15/11/2022)

No takers as coalition promises political stability : Maoist Centre chair Dahal, a key coalition partner, publicly boasts of having played a key role in forming and toppling governments, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 14/11/2022)

EC provisions to ensure smooth vote counting (ht 14/11/2022)

General election : Hope of transformation, by Ashok Kumar Khand (ht 14/11/2022)

SC retains Dr. Toshima Karki’s candidacy in Lalitpur-3 (kh 14/11/2022)

Coarsening political debate : People expressed their anger in the local elections last May by voting for independent candidates (kp 14/11/2022)

Party Manifestos : Tourism In Priority, by Ballav Dahal (rn 14/11/2022)

District Election Office recommends bringing remote ballot boxes by helicopter (rep 14/11/2022) [related to Taplejung]

Nov 20: Four days left for election campaigning (kh 14/11/2022)

EC issues directives to curb activities harming election environment (kh 14/11/2022)

‘No local people in political leadership is misfortune for Kathmandu rim country’ (kh 14/11/2022)

Kanchanpur-3 is battleground of close aides of Deuba, Oli : UML candidate Niru Devi Pal and her rival from the Congress, Ramesh Lekhak, are expected to have a neck-to-neck competition, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 14/11/2022)

Election materials being supplied to remote Bhotkhola (kh 14/11/2022)

UML leader Kafle attacked in Gorkha (kh 14/11/2022), Campaign team of UML candidate Abdus Miya attacked in Gorkha (rep 14/11/2022)

Women officials leading eight poling centers in Myagdi (kh 14/11/2022)

Women’s share in House likely to shrink : With few women FPTP candidates, more of them may need to be elected to the upper house to meet the requirement, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/11/2022) [The continued and even increased non-inclusive policies of high-caste male politicians must be criminalised and punished as a matter of urgency!]

Election agenda of independent candidates: Corruption control, development and change, by Narayan Adhikari (rn 13/11/2022)

Words, words, mere words : Election manifestos of the major political parties make promises impossible to keep, targets impossible to meet and the goals impossible to achieve (nlt 13/11/2022), Political parties repeat ‘inflated promises’ in their election manifestos to lure voters (rep 13/11/2022), Election Manifestos and Reformation of Government and Electoral System, by Rajendra Bahadur Singh (rep 13/11/2022)

Ravi Lamichhane’s election campaign vehicle vandalized in Chitwan (kh 13/11/2022)

Provincial polls overshadowed by federal elections, by Aashish Mishra (rn 13/11/2022)

Unnatural electoral tie-ups : The ultimate price is paid by the confused voter, who cannot put two and two together, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp 13/11/2022)

Voters with disabilities want to exercise right to vote on their own (rn 13/11/2022)

No permits required for essential service vehicles on voting day (kh 13/11/2022) [But it is strictly forbidden to transport voters with health or age conditions to the voting centres?]

EC directs two municipalities to conduct voters’ education program (kh 13/11/2022)

Fighting disinformation together : Election preparations enter a crucial stage, when bad actors may resort to disinformation and misinformation, by Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya (kp 13/11/2022) [Self-justification by the Chief Election Commissioner, but not a word about the serious fake news and fairy tales of the political parties!], Dealing With Disinformation, by Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya (rn 16/11/2022)

Youths have hope on new candidates, want to see change : Most first time voters want to see new faces in parliament who can address the problems of the youths, by Sharana Sherpa (nlt 12/11/2022)

Fair Polls Enhance Freedom Of Choice, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 12/11/2022)

New voters awaiting election day eagerly (kh 12/11/2022)

Integrated election cell comes into operation in all three levels: NA (kh 12/11/2022)

Elections and People with Disabilities : The access of people with disabilities to vote in elections is an extremely critical human right issue!, by Pralhad Gairapipli (rep 12/11/2022)

Call to ensure voting rights of people with psychosocial disabilities (kh 12/11/2022)

Geographical challenges in Gandaki in Nov 20 election (kh 12/11/2022), No time for elections in upper Mustang : With most villages empty as the local population has migrated to warmer climes, authorities should have rethought poll timing, villagers say, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 12/11/2022)

Internal poll projections offer hints of top three, dark horses : Up to 20 of its leaders caught up in close fights, projection by the ruling parties gives Nepali Congress 60 FPTP seats, by Anil Giri (kp 12/11/2022)

Parties’ pledge of voting rights for Nepalis abroad remains an unfulfilled promise : Political parties feel Nepalis living abroad hold a sway over their relatives here and can help influence elections by being a swing factor, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/11/2022) [Just like almost all the big-mouthed promises of the failed top politicians!]

710 polling stations in Sudhurpaschim categorized as most sensitive (kh 12/11/2022)

Uniform gives confidence, say women temporary police : 84,296 men and 30,642 women have taken up jobs as temporary police across the country, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 12/11/2022)

Ballot papers sent to all constituencies: Poll panel : 80.04 million ballot papers printed for HoR, PA polls (ht 12/11/2022)

Battle of ballots : There is more enthusiasm among candidates than voters for polls on 20 November, by Shristi Karki (nt 11/11/2022)

Media should ensure credibility in election news: CEC Thapaliya (kh 11/11/2022) [Above all, politicians and parties should convey credibility, but they do exactly the opposite! Is thews really covered by the code of conduct?]

Parties can disseminate election publicity materials on online media: EC (kh 11/11/2022)

EOC says preparation for election observation over (kh 11/11/2022)

Heed People’s Basic Needs, by Yug Bahadur (rn 11/11/2022)

Over 17,000 security personnel deployed for polls in Sudurpaschim Province (rn 11/11/2022)

Nov 20 polls in numbers, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 15/11/2022)

Elections will make politics more unstable, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 15/11/2022)

Parties see fault in constitution, by Surendra Kafle (ae 10/11/2022)

EC must prove its impartiality (ae 10/11/2022)

Dissecting media’s role in elections : The democratic state apparatus should not show an authoritarian character to suppress an independent and inclusive voice, by Laxman Datt Pant (ae 10/11/2022)

Independent candidates on provincial assembly elections, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 10/11/2022)

Unnatural coalition leads to political instability, interview with Satis Devkota (ae 10/11/2022)

How the big three powers view Nepal election, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 10/11/2022)

Apex Court issues interim order supporting ‘No Not Again’ campaign : In the second hearing of the case, a joint bench of Justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Susma Lata Mathema issued an interlocutory interim order against the poll body’s decision (nlt 10/11/2022), SC asks EC not to take action on ‘No, Not Again Campaign’ (kh 10/11/2022), SC gives continuity to interim order not to take action against  'No, Not Again' campaign (rep 11/11/2022)

Pre-electoral coalition in Nepal: Comedy of errors revisited, by Pushpa R Joshi (ht 10/11/2022)

Parties’ manifestos offer little to Dalits, Janajatis : Rights activists have demanded a ‘Dalit decade’ to end deep-rooted caste-based discrimination through policies and programmes, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 09/11/2022)

Political parties in Kaski breach Election Code of Conduct (kh 09/11/2022)

November 20 elections: Will they emulate the local polls?, by Mahendra P Joshi (ht 09/11/2022)

Former Health Minister Khatiwada attacked (rep 09/11/2022)

Security beefed up for elections (nlt 09/11/2022)

Political parties in Kaski found violating election code of conduct (rep 09/11/2022)

Candidates of all stripes promise water supply as always, but never deliver : The people of Surkhet in mid-western Nepal continue to live a hard life for lack of clean drinking water, Harihar Singh Rathore & Jyotee Katuwal (kp 09/11/2022) [What else can be expected? After all, the same old losers are standing for election!]

Voters in Parsa unenthused about provincial candidates : While federal-level candidates are familiar faces, those contesting provincial seats are mostly unknown, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 09/11/2022)

KP Oli boosts UML’s digital campaigning : Other party leaders admit to being behind the UML in the digital-campaign race, by Anil Giri (kp 09/11/2022)

Poll authority appears afraid to take action for code violations : Despite rampant code violations including unlawful use of vehicles, commission’s response is little (kp 09/11/2022)

In Chitwan-2, voters preferring Rabi Lamichhane over established parties : Nepal Live Today’s one-day observation in Chitwan-2 shows that most voters are increasingly in favor of Rabi Lamichhane, by DB Khadka and Narayan Adhikari (nlt 08/11/2022)

Election Commission requests : Supreme Court to vacate interim order on Dr Toshima Karki’s candidacy Karki is a candidate for federal parliamentary seat from Lalitpur-3 (kp 08/11/2022) [Many of the failed politicians who are now running again have much more important "offices of benefit", e.g. the prime minister and his council of ministers. Will they also be disqualified?], EC orders Toshima Karki not to campaign with her symbol ‘bell’ (kh 09/11/2022) [The "impartial" EC ensures "free, fair and democratic" elections! The "impartial" EC ensures "free, fair and democratic" elections! This is pure bullying and one can only hope that this candidate will be elected!]

Independent candidates galore in Nov 20 race (kh 08/11/2022)

Unified Socialist leader Khatiwada manhandled in Makawanpur election gathering (kp 08/11/2022)

Mayor Shah's reply to EC: I have no party affiliation with 'Hamro Nepali Party' (rep 08/11/2022)

How effective is door-to-door campaign? Some candidates say it gives them a chance to convince voters, most others do it as a ritual, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 08/11/2022)

Free medicine to self-reliant economy in fringe parties’ manifestos (kh 08/11/2022)

EC seeks clarification from candidate Rayi (kh 08/11/2022)

IGP Singh directs subordinates to face security challenges in election (kh 08/11/2022)

Supreme Court issues interim order in favour of ‘No Not Again’ campaign : Election Commission has threatened action against campaign members involved in posting photos of prominent politicians on social media (kp 07/11/2022) [The SC's decision means a victory of freedom of expression over the anti-democratic EC and and the failed politicians it protects!],
Former Election Commissioners request the EC to act with restraint (rep 07/11/2022), Citizens demand greater fairness and accountability from Election Commission : Amid allegations that the poll body has not been able to enforce code of conduct equally on all candidates, citizenry have urged the Election Commission to increase its vigil as the poll date is drawing close (nlt 07/11/2022)

As many as 10,000 observers are to be mobilized for poll observation: Chief Election Commissioner (nlt 07/11/2022)

Achham prisoners eager to cast ballot but only a few are registered voters : There are a total of 82 inmates in the Mangalsen-based district prison, but only seven are in the voter roll, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 07/11/2022)

Big parties may win fewer proportional seats this election : The number of parties crossing the three percent vote threshold is expected to rise in November 20 elections, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/11/2022)

Fringe forces’ boycott puts focus back on election security : Chand’s party says it will actively boycott the upcoming elections and retaliate if the government uses force, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/11/2022)

Will Majdoor Kisan Party hold bastion? Party’s narrow focus is eroding its voter base. Yet, it is expected to win Bhaktapur-1 seat, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 06/11/2022)

Nov 20 elections: Ballot papers arrive in Trishuli (kh 06/11/2022)

Preparations for the election in full swing (kh 06/11/2022), Nov 20 elections: Parties intensify campaigning (kh 06/11/2022)

Home Ministry identifies 23 groups that may seek to disrupt upcoming elections, by Binod Subedi (rep 05/11/2022)

EC fines KMC, Ward 16 chair (rep 06/11/2022)

Rapti folks to vote for those vowing to solve inundation and soil erosion problems (kh 05/11/2022) [Promises abound in elections, but ....]

Voter education program launched in Baitadi (kh 05/11/2022)

EC issues Election Security (Management) Directive (ht 05/11/2022)

Mock voting held at all local levels in Jajarkot (kh 05/11/2022)

Many Nepalis say no, not again : Voters urge each other to replace elderly established politicians with competent new leadership, by Shristi Karki (nt 04/11/2022)

Manifestos of political parties : They only show the dream of trains, but don't build them, by Himal Lamsal (rep 04/11/2022), Parties Must Deliver On Promises, by Yug Bahadur (rn 04/11/2022)

Majhi settlement where candidates reach merely for votes (kh 04/11/2022)

EC issues seven-point directive to government (kh 04/11/2022)

Mock voting for poll awareness begins (kh 04/11/2022)

Thapa-Bhattarai rematch for Kathmandu-4  (ht 04/11/2022)

EC completes printing of ballot papers (kh 04/11/202)

Nepal’s election culture and its ills, by Ram Dayal Rakesh (ae 03/11/2022)

The tricky post-election power-sharing deal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 03/11/2022)

The tricky post-election power-sharing deal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 03/11/2022)

Contest of the young turks, by Pranab Kharel (ae 03/11/2022)

How strong is the anti-incumbency wave?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 03/11/2022)

Who would be prime minister if alliance wins polls? The CPN-UML central committee has picked KP Sharma Oli as the party’s prime minister candidate. But the four-party alliance has not figured out one, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 03/11/2022)

Our election, their election : Sunak was chosen not for his longevity in politics, but because he was considered the best, by Deepak Thapa (kp 03/11/2022)

Ballot papers airlifted to Manang and Mustang (kh 03/11/2022)

Three Communist parties to boycott elections (kh 03/11/2022) [Most likely, these parties would not win a seat anyway!]

100 voting centres to be disabled-friendly (kh 03/11/2022) [Out of 22,226 voting centres!!!]

EC allows parties, election candidates to hold rallies, mass meetings from today (kh 03/11/2022), Election campaigning begins today : Election Commission reminds parties to comply with poll code; 71 show cause notices issued (ht 03/11/2022)

Election campaigning heating up in Manang (kh 03/11/2022)

Candidates busy with door-to-door campaign while youths head to India in search of work (kh 03/11/2022)

Don’t be biased : Election Commission is letting the powerful off the hook while raining sticks on the weak (kp 02/11/2022) [There are numerous reasons to exclude the failed politicians from the elections due to various misconduct. Oli's repeated unconstitutional attempt to dissolve parliament in order to maintain his own power was only the most blatant case!]

Election manifestos promise the moon as political parties jockey for position : The declarations have become a mere ritual with little relevance, economists say, by Pawan Pandey (kp 02/11/2022) [The politicians should be punished by the voters for this bullshit. Should they nevertheless remain in power thanks to their manipulations, they must be held accountable for their deliberate lies!], Whole bunch of lies : The manifestos of big parties are more a reflection of their lust for power than of their commitment to the people and the country (kp 03/11/2022)

Nepali women packing a punch : Nepal occupies a respectable 16th position among the 133 countries regarding the proportion of elected seats held by women, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 02/11/2022) [This comparison is misleading! The high percentage of women is based on legal regulations. Responsibility is still withheld from women today. Moreover, the legal regulations are increasingly undermined by the leading male politicians!]

People holding public position must obtain permission of the EC to conduct election campaign (rep 02/11/2022)

EC directs PM’s office to postpone PM Deuba’s Dadeldhura trip (kh 02/11/2022) [An excellent example of the high-handedness and irresponsibility of Nepali politicians! Of course, even a prime minister has to finance his election campaign himself or through his party.], Use of government vehicles by federal and provincial ministers barred in election campaign (kh 02/11/2022)

Electoral alliances add to the voters’ confusion : Voters supporting alliance candidates will need to cast ballots on different symbols for candidates and the political parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp 02/11/2022) [The electoral alliances are anti-democratic and only serve to keep the failed politicians in power!]

359 people vying for 15 constituencies in valley : Of them, 159 are independents. Less than 15 per cent women candidates in the electoral fray (ht 02/11/2022)

EC seeks clarifications from Bhattarai, Magar (kh 02/11/2022)

Candidates canvassing voters in Rupandehi (kh 02/11/2022)

EC to conduct voters’ education at ward levels (kh 02/11/2022)

Supreme Court orders Election Commission not to scrap Dr Toshima Karki’s candidacy (nlt 01/11/2022)

Nepalis abroad are well-informed, angry and frustrated with politics back home : Rarely do the political actors in Nepal talk about the welfare of Nepalis living and working in foreign countries. Rarely does the subject of migrant workers become the election agenda, by Mahabir Paudyal (nlt 01/11/2022)

District Election Office intensifies voter education program (kh 01/11/2022) [related to Tanahun]

Over 3,000 employees being mobilized for election in Kavre (kh 01/11/2022)

878 employees to be mobilized in Jumla for election (kh 01/11/2022)

Printing of FPTP ballot papers remains for seven districts only (kh 01/11/2022)

How the already-marginalized Dalit community is marginalized in Nepali politics : The representation of the Dalit Community, which accounts for almost 15 percent of the country’s population, in the parliament is expected to fall as only a few Dalit candidates got tickets from major political parties for the upcoming polls, by Laxman Darnal (nlt 31/10/2022)

Voting for the independents : Their election victory will send a message to the political lifers and their servile cadres, by Naresh Koirala (kp 31/10/2022)

Parties Set To Advance Canvassing, by Ballav Dahal (rn 31/10/2022)

Toshima Karki’s ouster from race raises questions over poll authority’s intent : Law experts challenge Election Commission’s expansive interpretation of the term ‘office of benefit’, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 31/10/2022)

Dearth of creativity: The voter awareness message of the Election Commission is ditto copy of an Indian video : When the Election Commission was asked for comment, the officials said it is unfair to raise questions on every single matter of the Commission (nlt 31/10/2022)

Candidates to be allowed to conduct election campaigns from Nov 3 to 17 (rep 31/10/2022)

EC completes printing 70 million ballot papers (kh 31/10/2022)

European Union to skip monitoring upcoming polls : As many as 10,000 observers from 43 domestic and four international organisations will watch the elections (kp 30/10/2022) [Possibly the reason is that this time the elections are already anything but fair and socially inclusive in the run-up! There are serious violations of the law on the part of the top politicians and their parties, but the Election Commission only wants to punish civil society for criticising this misconduct!]

Election Commission’s unconstitutional act : The attempt by the constitutional body to curb criticism of top leaders is against the spirit of freedom of speech, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (kp 30/10/2022)

EC scraps Dr Toshima's candidacy (rep 30/10/2022), Toshima to knock on SC doors against the rejection of her candidature by EC (rep 30/10/2022), Dr Karki doubts EC’s impartiality, intention : To move Supreme Court (kh 30/10/2022)

EC sends election materials to remote districts (kh 30/10/2022)

Outrage as poll authority cracks down on negative campaigning : Critics say Election Commission misunderstood citizens’ rights to free speech and vote, by Anup Ojha and Anush Gurung (kp 29/10/2022) [It is not the public that needs to be criticised for their clear and correct words, but the power-hungry politicians for their incessant false statements! The Election Commission is once again relying on false values and violating people's fundamental rights! The politicians can claim whatever they want and the people have to accept this without comment?], What drives people to vote in Nepal? Many people vote for party candidates in the hope of getting personal favours, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 29/10/2022) [Therefore, the politicians lie like hell, and whoever exposes these lies will be punished!]

Media should act “bridge” between EC and voters: Commissioner Tuladhar (kh 29/10/2022)

Nov 20 polls: Province 1 becoming more competitive (kh 29/10/2022)

Zero tolerance to disinformation, misinformation and hate speech in elections: EC (kh 29/10/2022)

Is Upendra Yadav in red zone?, by Kusum Bhattarai (kh 29/10/2022)

Election Commission issues ‘Gender and Inclusive Policy-2077 BS’ (kh 28/10/2022))

Election candidates busy campaigning in voters’ farmland (kh 27/10/2022)

Election Commission urges not to give offensive expression (kp 26/10/2022) [???]

EC disqualifies 550 candidates under PR category (kh 26/10/2022)

EC determines specific criteria for election canvassing in media (kh 26/10/2022)

Election Commission determines four types of ballot papers for HoR, PA elections (kh  25/10/2022)

Crude politics of elections : The election campaign has effectively turned into a mudslinging competition, by Achyut Wagle (kp 25/10/2022)

Election Commission mum as parties hold ‘informal’ rallies : Code of conduct says parties and candidates cannot begin electioneering until November 3, byTika R Pradhan (kp 25/10/2022)

What are new parties offering that traditional ones don’t? Many have laid emphasis on effective implementation of constitution and shoring up federalism, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 25/10/2022)

The declared ideals of 2006 and today’s political impasse, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 24/10/2022)

Hundreds of PR candidates snub Election Commission’s fines : Candidates ranked low on lists, who have no hope of being elected, wish to be delisted, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 24/10/2022) [This puts the whole PR system and the idea of social inclusion in question! What will happen to parties that cannot name enough PR candidates?]

Poll Literacy Boosts Voter Turnout, by Ballav Dahal (rn 24/10/2022)

Why ‘transfer’ votes? By voting a certain way people can make their dislike for unnatural coalitions known (kp 24/10/2022)

'Political, ideological discrepancy still persists' : PSP MANIFESTO Directly elected prez, primary election and right to recall' among other agendas, included (ht 24/10/2022)

Int'l election observers must respect Nepal's sovereignty (ht 24/10/2022)

EC completes printing 40 percent of ballot papers (kh 24/10/2022)

Women contenders in direct race have it tough in upcoming parliamentary elections : Major parties have been reluctant to field women candidates. Even the few in the fray have a battle in their hands, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 23/10/2022), Rebel candidates continue to be a headache for Nepali Congress : The party asks them to withdraw from the race. Congress members have also been inactive in constituencies where alliance partners have fielded candidates, by Anil Giri (kp 23/10/2022)

Fighting Fake News For Fair Polls, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 23/10/2022)

Election education song removed from social media after criticism (rep 23/10/2022)

Reliable mobile network, Internet top election issues in Gunras, Dailekh (rn 23/10/2022)

Different colour for ballot papers (ht 23/10/2022)

Pregnant, disabled, elderly to miss vote (ht 23/10/2022) [related to Bajura]

Tourist’ candidates seen buying or renting houses in constituencies they don’t originally belong : Although this is not seen as a breach of election code of conduct, such candidates’ motive is to manipulate voters, says former election commissioner Uprety, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 22/10/2022)

Ballot papers for PR transported in 60 districts so far (nlt 22/10/2022)

Gambling with our future : Let us hope that on 20 November Nepalis will have the good fortune of dealing from a brand new deck of cards (nt 21/10/2022), House of cards : Nepalis are preparing to vote next month in a sterile election devoid of ideology and principles, by Sonia Awale (nt 21/10/2022)

Supreme Court upholds Election Commission’s decision to scrap candidacy of Raju Gurung (nlt 21/10/2022)

Kathmandu voters remain an enigma : Historically, the n/ational capital’s voters have been known to give a chance to /new (and often unexpected) candidates, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/10/2022)

A month left to go for HoR and Provincial Assembly elections (kh 21/10/2022)

Previously companions, now competitors, by Balkrishna Adhikari (rep 21/10/2022)

What to expect from Nov 20 elections?, by Chandra Dev Bhatta (ae 20/10/2022)

F)ool Us Once, Fool Us Twice…, by Akhilesh Tripathi (rep 20/10/2022)

Contractors with deep pockets are wading into electoral politics : Among the parties, Nepali Congress has fielded most contractors for first-past-the-post seats of lower house, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/10/2022)

EC seeks clarification from Chairman Nepal (kh 20/10/2022), Election authority recommends action against Madhav Nepal : In his constituency, Nepal said people there would get jobs abroad free of charge (kp 21/10/2022, Take action against Nepal, EC tells police, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/10/2022)

Election Commission urges media to abstain from disinformation (kh 20/10/2022)

Whither political debate? Public debates help make prospective voters cast their ballots judiciously (kp 20/10/2022)

EC instructs political parties and candidates to implement code of conduct (nlt 19/10/2022)

300,000 security personnel to be mobilized during Nov 20 elections (kh 19/10/2022)

Are MPs lawmakers or development workers? Politicians say they are forced to make promises related to development works to appeal to the masses during polls, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/10/2022)

Expectations from the Election Commission Nepal : It is up to the commission to be the responsive, fair, judicious, and autonomous body it is, by Ila Sharma (kp 18/10/2022)

Election Commission and NHRC hold discussion to make election fair and credible (rep 18/10/2022)

Candidature to be canceled if mass rallies is carried out before November 3: EC (rep 18/10/2022)

Intensifying election activities put spotlight on expenditure (rn 18/10/2022)

EC seeks clarification for using t-shirt with poll candidate image in election campaign (rep 18/10/2022) [??]

Leader Jhankri feels relieved at NC rebel’s candidacy withdrawal (kh 18/10/2022)

Kinship to be decisive in Sudurpaschim elections : Political parties have picked candidates who appeal to voters from their ancestral districts, by Tufan Neupane (kp 18/10/2022)

Alliance mum on name of its PM candidate (ht 18/10/2022)

EC allows voters to cast votes showing ID cards issued by government bodies (kh 17/10/2022)

Poll preparations : The EC must not hesitate in taking action against those who breach the election code (ht 17/10/2022)

Govt urged to contain possible incidences of women violence during elections (kh 17/10/2022)

The race for national party status : Results of the local elections put CPN (Unified Socialist) and Loktantrik Samajbadi Party, with 3.66 percent and 2.12 percent popular votes respectively, on the brink, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 17/10/2022)

Ballot papers towards proportional election transported to three provinces (rn 17/10/2022)

EC fixes number of 10, 892 polling stations and 22,227 voting centers (rn 17/10/2022)

The electoral ‘money game’ started right from candidate-selection day, interview with Pradip Pokharel (kp 17/10/2022)

EC to scrap PR candidacy of those candidates who vied in local polls but did not submit expense details (kh 17/1/2022)

We don’t expect much from Binod Chaudhary: Locals of Nawalparasi West (rep 17/10/2022)

SC hearing on Raju Gurung’s candidacy related writ today (kh 16/10/2022), SC order stays EC decision to scrap alliance candidate Gurung’s candidacy in Rupandehi 2 (kh 17/10/2022)

EC to take a month to print all ballot papers (ht 16/10/2022), 4,421,000 ballot papers printed (rn 16/10/2022)

For workers, foreign jobs more crucial than voting : Young Nepalis are leaving the country for foreign employment in record numbers, statistics show, by Pawan Pandey (kp 16/10/2022) [In any case, none of the top politicians will work to create jobs in the country!]

Senior lives matter : This time, let us vote for what we want rather than what everybody else expects us to want, by Poonam Thapa (kp 16/10/2022)

Vote transfer among alliance partners is a tricky business : Realising the challenges of supporters switching votes, ruling alliance decides to organise joint poll campaigns, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 16/10/2022) [This is not a democratic election, but a rigged farce with the sole aim of keeping the failed and outdated party leaders in power!]

Khas Arya candidates outnumber in inclusive category (kh 16/10/2022) [42% of the candidates from the Khas Arya group, which accounts for 30% of the total population! This is what the ruling elite calls "inclusive" under the PR system!]

Nearly half of ethnic groups unrepresented in Parliament in 15 years of PR exercise : The proportional representation system seems to benefit only the communities that are affluent and better linked, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 15/10/2022)

EC instructs security agencies to bar ministers from campaigning without its prior permission (rep 15/10/2022)

EC asked to arrange for disabled-friendly voting centers (kh 15/10/2022)

EC to write to Press Council for regular monitoring of media during election (kh 15/10/2022), Press Council urges media to stay away from disinformation on candidates (kh 15/10/2022), Election Commission joins hands with social media giants to rein in misinformation : Officials working with Facebook, Twitter and TikTok on fake news, monitoring ad spending, by Anup Ojha (kp 15/102022)

3-party dictatorship : Nepal’s break-up and make-up electoral politics undermines democracy (nt 14/10/2022)

Advocates of independent politics fall into party line : Campaigners aiming for a new way of doing politics organise for proportional electoral seats, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/10/2022), Opportunity For New Faces, by Yug Bahadur (rn 14/10/2022)

Constituencies to keep an eye on in November elections : Shifting party loyalties could result in some of the closest races in Nepal’s poll history, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 14/10/2022)

Violation of election code of conduct is subject to action: EC (kh 14/10/2022)

Eight constitutional commissions to jointly monitor upcoming polls (rn 14/10/2022)

SC moved against nine contestants : Petitioner seeks apex court order barring them from contesting polls (ht 14/10/2022)

Parties disappoint voters again : It’s the same old faces—those that have been elected and reelected—from which we will have to choose from once again, by Cilla Khatra (ae 13/10/2022)

Federal and provincial elections: Test for the independent candidates : Several challenges will confront the independent candidates if they will win in the upcoming federal and provincial elections. Yet also they will have the greatest opportunity to re-shape the political space in Nepal, by Simone Galimberti (nlt 13/10/2022)

Hundreds of candidates withdraw from race : As many as 2,412 candidates are now in the race for seats in the lower house and 3,224 in provincial assemblies (kp 13/10/2022), 2,412 in fray for 165 FPTP HoR seats : Less than 10 per cent of contestants are women (ht 13/10/2022)

Election Commission prohibits pre-poll survey (kh 13/10/2022) [??], EC requests not to conduct opinion polls related to political parties and candidates (rep 13/10/2022) [Such opinion polls would be an import tool as in all democratic states of the world!]

Honour the code : The idea of enforcing a code of conduct is to ensure that each party in the polls takes ownership of the electoral process (kp 13/10/2022)

EC bars local-level representatives from campaigning (kh 13/10/2022)

UML supports Hridayesh Tripathi in Nawalparasi-1 (kh 13/10/2022)

Nine candidates withdraw nominations in Banke: EC (kh 13/10/2022)

JSP-UML electoral alliance shows politics makes strangest bedfellows : Bonhomie between Janata Samajbadi, a party advocating Madheshi rights, and CPN-UML, its ideological nemesis, suggests a decline of agenda-based politics, experts say, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 13/10/2022)

Candidates start electioneering in blatant disregard of poll code : As per the Election Commission’s code of conduct, campaigning is allowed only from November 3, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/10/2022)

Division in Madhesh forces darkens their electoral prospects : Two major parties in Madhesh pitted against each other will fare worse this time than in last elections, analysts say, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 12/10/2022)

UML withdraws candidacy in Chitwan-3, to support NC’s rebel candidate (nlt 12/10/2022) [Power strategies of undemocratic parties and politicians! Nepal's oligarchs make a mockery of Nepal's elections!]

Nov 20 election: 265 candidates in the fray in Kathmandu (kh 12/10/2022)

Dr Bhattarai-led Nepal Samajbadi Party receives six seats in Nov 20 elections (kh 12/10/2022)

Three candidates’ nominations cancelled (kh 12/10/2022)

Deepak Manange unanimously elected Gandaki Province Assembly member (nlt 12/10/2022)

Nov 20 election: Candidates can withdraw their names today (kh 12/10/2022)

Election observers siding with parties, candidates not acceptable: Chief EC Thapaliya (kh 12/10/2022

Subverting political federalism : The coalition culture has sidelined deserving candidates in favour of cronies and sycophants, by Achyut Wagle (kp 11/10/2022)

Nepali elections are becoming a battle of same old faces : Lack of internal democracy in political parties is mainly to be blamed, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 11/10/2022) [Maybe not yet a failing state, but definitely a failing democracy!], Continuity over change : The new roster of tried and tested electoral candidates does not inspire much confidence (kp 11/10/2022), Major political parties fall short to ensure gender parity in politics : Almost all political parties have an extremely lower ratio of women to men candidates fielded under the first-past-the-post category in the upcoming elections (nlt 11/10/2022)

Multiple organ failures of the nation: Can the new election lead to its recovery?, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 11/10/2022)

The centrality of elections in political process : Historically, the parties that shied away from elections have become irrelevant, by Thira L Bhusal (kp 11/10/2022)

57 parties file nomination towards FPTP for HoR election: EC (kh 11/10/2022), 57 parties taking part in HoR, PA elections (rep 12/10/2022)

Ruling coalition directs rebel candidates to withdraw nominations (kh 11/10/2022)

25 UML leaders file nomination as independents (ht 11/10/2022)

UML loses NA seat (ht 11/10/2022)

Time for claim and protest against PR candidates till Oct 15 (rep 11/10/2022)

EC to publish name list of FPTP candidates today (rep 11/10/2022)

14 independent candidates contesting elections with UML Chair Oli (kh 11/10/2022)

Nov 20 elections: EC to publish candidates’ final list on Oct 26 (kh 11/10/2022)

Candidates required to submit expenses details of online advertisement (kh 11/10/2022)

A whiff of change in the air on candidate nomination day : Independents challenge many party heavyweights as Election Commission registers candidacy across country, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/10/2022), Parties deny dissidents tickets, many hit back by filing rebel candidacies : Many leaders have even allied with rival forces against the candidates of the mother party or its electoral alliance, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 10/10/2022)

 “Elections will be held in free, fair and fear-free environment” (kh 10/10/2022) [It takes a lot of audacity to tell the people that the elections are fair. Once again, the bulk of the candidates are male Bahuns. Women hardly make an appearance, Dalits certainly not. The sole purpose of the electoral alliances is to secure the power of the failed, power-addicted so-called top politicians once again. In "fair elections", politicians do not contest once they have failed; rather, they immediately resign from all offices, allowing for continuous renewal and rejuvenation of their parties. This is even more true for politicians who have trampled on the constitution. Nepal is not a democracy, but an oligarchy!]

Time To End Political Anomalies, by Ballav Dahal (rn 10/10/2022)

Limited number of women candidacies recorded under FPTP (kh 10/10/2022)

As many as 1,600 candidates file nominations for 165 HoR posts (kh 10/10/2022)

Film artists trying their luck in November 20 polls (rep 10/10/2022)

Resham Chaudhary's candidacy to be invalid, by Bhasa Sharma (rep 10/10/2022)

Nov 20 elections: Candidacies filed in Bhaktapur (kh 10/10/2022)

122 candidacies for nine posts in Chitwan: EC (kh 10/10/2022), 26 candidates file candidacies in Rukum (East): EC  (kh 10/10/2022)

Let Election Ensure Stability, by Bhupa P Dhamala (rn 09/10/2022) [This hope is unlikely to be fulfilled, as all the failed politicians continue to consider themselves indispensable. The continuation of patriarchy, social non-inclusion, Bahunbad and personal power struggles is guaranteed!]

EC says registration of candidacy nomination completed in a peaceful manner (kh 09/10/2022)

Social Activist Lamichhane registers candidacy from Kathmandu 5 (2) (rep 09/10/2022)

Here is where the ‘top leaders’ are fighting the Nov 20 elections from, by Sajira Shrestha (rep 09/10/2022)

EC publishes list of proportional candidates (rep 09/10/2022)

Candidacy nomination registration begins (nlt 09/10/2022), Nominations for FPTP seats of federal, provincial assemblies taking place today (kh 09/10/2022), Top leaders pick constituencies, Dahal opts for Gorkha : Race hots up as political parties field their first-past-the-post candidates today for the November 20 elections, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 09/10/2022)

Exchange of tickets between NC and Maoist Center in Myagdi (rep 09/10/2022)

Congress to field candidates in 90 federal seats : The Shekhar Koirala-led dissident group has been arguing that the party shouldn’t have settled for fewer than 100 seats, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 09/10/2022)

Madhes Pradesh has 2.9 million eligible voters (kh 09/10/2022)

Ruling coalition to support Ghanashyam Bhusal to contest from Rupandehi Constituency-1 (kh 09/10/2022)

EC prints 40.05 million ballot papers for proportional elections (kh 08/10/2022)

Speaker Sapkota announces not to contest election (nlt 08/10/2022)

Ruling coalition close to allocation of seats for Nov 20 polls : NC to get 84, Maoist 47, and United Socialist 20 (kh 08/10/2022) [see list of common candidates (ka 08/10/2022)], Congress-led alliance reaches seat deal : Leaders of the Nepali Congress-led alliance have reached an agreement on sharing of seats for the federal and provincial elections scheduled for November 20 (kp 08/10/2022), UML offers Janata Samajbadi what ruling alliance has refused : Leaders say deal is almost done and negotiations are focussed on individual constituencies, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/10/2022), UML, JSP agree to share 16 seats each in Madesh Province (kh 08/10/2022), Janata Samajbadi Party gets 17 seats as it seals an electoral deal with UML : In return, Janata Samajbadi will support UML in 35 constituencies (kp 08/10/2022) [And I thought seats are decided by the voters!?], UML gives Janata Samajbadi 17 seats as Congress spares 7 for Thakur’s party : In provinces, Yadav’s party gets 42 seats while Loktantrik Samajbadi Party secures backing in 16 constituencies, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 09/10/2022)

UML-RPP electoral alliance likely to be finalized today (kh 08/10/2022)

Nepal: Five Observations with the Second National Election, by Binoj Basnyat (kh 07/10/2022)

29 candidates withdraw candidacy from the closed list (kh 06/10/2022)

EC to publish name list of election candidates on October 11 (kh 05/10/2022)

About 20,000 observers to be deployed to monitor upcoming elections (rep 03/10/2022)

Parties submit amended PR lists to poll commission for November election : Those who don’t want to be in race can withdraw today, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/10/2022), Parties given time till noon today to withdraw names from closed list (rn 03/10/2022)

Personal feuds, fake social media posts new security risks for the elections : Unlike in the past, the primary threats are not the parties that have boycotted the November 20 elections, by Anil Giri (kp 02/10/2022)

Election Commission fixes ceiling for election spending : The maximum limit of electoral spending was fixed based on the existing law, the number of voters in the constituency, the number of polling centers, and the area (nlt 02/10/2022)

Discontent Brewing Over PR Lists, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 02/10/2022)

12 parties to file amendment to closed list for proportional system today (rep 02/10/2022)

Nov 20 elections: Deadline to amend PR closed list ending today (kh 02/10/2022)

Independents are widening their reach : Rising public frustration stemming from the failure of traditional parties is cited as the main fuel for independent candidates, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 30/09/2022), Young voters, old leaders : Age is not the only problem of our graying leaders. They also don’t have anything new to offer (kp 30/09/2022)

Poll body using army, police to monitor media : Observers swiftly criticise the poll body’s decision, by Makar Shrestha (kp 30/09/2022), Freedom Forum concerned over EC’s move (kh 30/09/2022), Press Office manned by security personnel starts monitoring media : Ignoring widespread criticism of the move, Election Commission inaugurated the office on Friday, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 01/10/2022)

LGBTIQA+ community in Nepal: Upset over electoral underrepresentation, by Cilla Khatry (ae 29/09/2022)

Voters favour women, party leaders don’t : Selection of candidates is based on whims of male politicians as women are under-represented in top party committees, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 29/09/2022) [The party leaders are and remain the greatest propagandists of patriarchy and the non-inclusive state!]

Civic Engagement In Electoral Politics, by Mukti Rijal (rn 29/09/2022)

Seat allocation: NC likely to get 85 seats, Maoist Center 44 (kh 29/09/2022)

Ruling parties still haggling for seats as nomination deadline draws closer : Political leaders claim that they have reached a deal on most of the 165 House of Representatives seats, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 28/09/2022) [Democracy as interpreted by the failed predominantly male high-caste politicians to preserve their power!]

EC issues 60-point directives to political parties (rep 28/09/2022), EC’s code of conduct not practical: NC spokesperson (rn 28/09/2022), EC's strict code : "If the local elections are any guide, the parties would so well not to take the EC lightly" (ht 29/09/2022)

EC carrying out homework to fix election expenditure ceiling (kh 27/09/2022)

Election code of conduct coming into force from Wednesday (kh 27/09/2022), Election code of conduct comes into effect from today (nlt 28/09/2022)

Time to cooperate for countering misinformation in the face of election, by Narayan Prasad Ghimire (rn 27/09/2022)

EC secures commitments from govt, parties on election code of conduct (kh 26/09/2022) [Commitments by politicians mean nothing!]

Will escalating tensions hit November elections? The President is accused of foiling the citizenship bill to muddy the waters, sensing UML’s poor poll prospects, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/09/2022)

Public Expectations From Polls, by Yug Bahadur (rn 23/09/2022)

EC asks finance ministry to furnish details of fund transfer (rep 23/09/2022)

EC appoints Chief Returning Officer and Returning Officers (kh 22/09/2022)

Political parties continue to abuse proportional representation system : Many nominees in the closed lists submitted to Election Commission have repeatedly occupied positions of power, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/09/2022),
Women MPs, unite : A new women’s parliamentary caucus is needed at a time when they are being brazenly discriminated (kp 21/09/2022)

EC to verify closed list of PR candidates today and tomorrow : 48 parties submit PR closed-list (kh 20/09/2022), Closed list submitted : The Election Commission must not be influenced by the parties into amending its directives (ht 21/09/2022)

Parties submit PR lists to the Election Commission: Congress has reportedly included senior leaders Bimalendra Nidhi, Ram Sharan Mahat, Arzu Rana Deuba and Gopal Man Shrestha on its list, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 20/09/2022)

EC grants permission to 36 organizations so far to observe Nov 20 elections (kh 20/09/2022)

Will Hinduism be an agenda in the upcoming elections? While events in India will have an impact, religion is as yet not a big vote-puller in Nepal, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 19/09/2022) [The Hindu state is not so much a question of religion, but a social and political concern. At stake is the question of inclusion and rights in the multi-ethnic and multi-religious state, the value of women, perceptions of caste, respect for other cultures, etc.]

Political parties to submit PR candidates’ list until Monday (nlt 18/09/2022)

Nov 20 elections: EC designates 10,891 polling stations (kh 17/09/2022)

PM Deuba vows to hold Nov 20 elections in a fair manner as term of parliament expires at midnight tonight (kh 17/09/2022) ["Fair" also means: no coercion of voters by the high-caste male party leaders through electoral alliances and adequate inclusion of all social groups, e.g., 50% female direct candidates, maximum of 6% each male Bahuns and Chhetris as candidates, proportion of Dalits, Janajtis, Madheshis according to their share of the population, etc.]

EC demands mayors of various metropolis to pay Rs 700,000 each in fine for not submitting election expense details on time : Those sought fine includes KMC Mayor Shah, Dharan Mayor Sampang and Bharatpur Mayor Dahal (rep 17/09/2022)

EC directs Land Commission not to distribute land ownership certificates (kh 16/09/2022)

Media's Role Vital For Fair Polls, by Yug Bahadur (rn 16/09/2022)

MP Pant's appeal to political parties to increase candidacy of women (rep 16/09/2022)

United in dotage : Old age runs deep in Nepal’s mainstream politics (nlt 16/09/2022) [These failed politicians, who still believe they are indispensable, are, besides authoritarian party structures, the fundamental problem of Nepali politics!],

RPP to field “popular” faces under PR category (kh 16/09/2022) [Quite mendacious! What is sold as positive is in reality the only way to ensure the return of old politicians from this party as well, provided, of course, that the party gets over the 3-percent hurdle at all.]

Dalit politicians being denied tickets : Political parties didn’t field women Dalit candidates in 124 wards in the local elections last May : The number of Dalit mayors decreased by half in 2022 polls compared to 2017, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 15/09/2022)

NC restricts previous PR-elected lawmakers from becoming PR candidates again (kh 15/09/2022), Nov 20 polls: Maoist Center to not repeat PR lawmakers (kh 15/09/2022) [NC, CPN (MC) and all the other parties had better restrict the previously directly elected politicians from running again. After all, these predominantly male, high-caste politicians are the ones responsible for the whole misery of the state, not so much the MPs elected through the PR system!]

EC urges parties to be clear on documents required for closed list under PR category (kh 12/09/2022)

Land of gossip : The psyche of producing gossip would remain the principal shaper of the election manifestos, by Abhi Subedi (kp 11/09/2022)

Free And Fair Prospects : Civil Society Leaders Call For Free and Fair Elections Urging Elections Commission To Take Necessary Steps (sp 09/09/2022)

Nov 20 elections: EC to publish candidates’ name list on Oct 11 (kh 09/09/2022)

Balen and Sampang effect in federal elections : Rise of independent candidates like Balendra Shah and Harka Sampang at the local level has paved the path for several independent candidates who will challenge the old-established parties in federal polls, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 08/09/2022)

Accident insurance up to Rs 2 million for each person involved in election work (kh 08/09/2022) [And what about their fundamental right to vote?]

Election Commission opposes plan to extend House term : Election code of conduct says terms of members of lower house and provincial assembly will lose their positions after filing nominations for elections (kp 06/09/2022) [A moronic discussion: elected MPs only become functional when parliament first convenes. No democratic country can afford to be without a legislature or executive for months!  This once again highlights one of the many shortcomings of the 2015 Constitution.]

Seat Sharing Conundrum, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 06/09/2022)

Crime-accused can contest polls but they may be barred from performing duty : Experts say flawed laws can create a situation where the electorate may not have their representative in the House, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/09/2022)

10,888 polling stations determined across the country (kh 05/09/2022)

RPP Chair Lingden announces resignation as lawmaker (kh 04/09/2022) [A strange view of the electoral period of a parliament! This may only end on the day on which the newly elected parliament convenes for the first time. Otherwise, the country would be without a legislature for weeks or even months. There is no question of a tenure extension.]

Nov 20 Polls : Let’s Stop the Snollygosters!, by Akhilesh Tripathi (rep 04/09/2022)

Fight erupts over name recommendation for Nov 20 polls in Dhanusha, by Suresh Yadav (rep 04/09/2022)

Theory of dissent : ‘None of the above’ is a legitimate option that allows the electorate to reject candidates, by Samar SJB Rana & Vera Jasmine Shrestha (kp 02/09/2022)

Around 300 thousand security personnel to be mobilized for Nov 20 elections (kh 02/09/2022)

New elections, same old faces, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 01/09/2022) [It has never occurred to me in the 72 years of my life to question democratic elections. But this time it has, perhaps because this no longer has much in common with democracy!]

CPN (US) jumbo team joins CPN-UML in Sudurpaschim (ht 01/09/2022)

Nepal Police to purchase vehicles as elections near (rep 01/09/2022)

Patan High Court issues interim order not to buy ballot boxes immediately (rep 014/09/2022)

Indirectly elected representatives, most of whom are women, have less powers : In the upcoming elections, women aspire to contest first-past-the-post seats but political parties don’t seem enthusiastic to give them tickets, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 31/08/2022) [According to the patriarchal thinking of the ruling male elite, Nepal belongs only to men, especially to those from the Tagadhari castes, particularly the Bahuns. The citizenship law and the current discussion on this matter make this clear. Since because of the alliance the direct candidacies are also divided among the parties, the ruling men cannot "waste" any mandate on women!]

People’s issues ignored as parties are overly fixated on power : One year since adopting their common minimum programme, the ruling parties have never discussed the commitments, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 31/08/2022)

Vote counting arrangements being made in all 165 constituencies (rep 31/08/2022)

Canvassing allowed from 17 days before vote. Leaders, experts call it impractical : Given the practice of 48-hour election silence, candidates will get just 15 days if the code of conduct is followed, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 31/08/2022)

Nepal Police receives Rs 8 billion budget for elections security : A total of 71,693 regular police personnel and 115,000 temporary police personnel will be mobilized for the elections. In comparison to the May 13 local level elections, 25,000 more Nepal Police personnel including 15,000 temporary police personnel are being recruited for the elections (nlt 31/08/2022)

Expecting Electoral Innovation, by Atindra Dahal (rep 29/08/2022)

76 parties apply under PR system for November 20 elections (kh 29/008/2022)

Parties are fighting upcoming elections on usual planks : Congress will harp on democracy, UML will continue with ultranationalism, Maoists promise to shore up constitution, and Madhesh parties will press for constitution amendment, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 29/08/2022)

EC to update voters’ list from today (kh 28/08/2022)

Nepal Police plans to mobilize over 71,000 police personnel for HoR, Provincial Assembly polls (rep 26/08/2022), Nepal Police demands required quantity of arms for Nov 20 elections (kh 27/08/2022)

Over 9,000 candidates of local-level poll in Karnali province yet to submit expenditure details (kh 26/08/2022)

Madhesh Province has highest number of parties for election (rn 26/08/2022)

EC decides to publish election symbols of parties contesting Nov 20 polls in Nepal Gazette : UML's election symbol to figure on top of ballot paper (kh 25/08/2022)

EC calls application for election observation (kh 24/08/2022)

High invalid votes and low turnout prompts poll commission to run voter education : A total of 7,500 volunteers will be sent door-to-door for over a month from the last week of September to the election day on November 20, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/08/2022), Educating voters : The Election Commission needs to ensure that voters understand the hows and whys of voting (kp 25/08/2022)

EC proposes cap on number of door-to-door election campaigners : Those who are rich and powerful should not unduly influence polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/08/2022)

‘The upcoming elections will be fairer and impartial’ : Chief Election Commissioner Thapaliya on poll preparations, efforts to minimise invalid votes, and checking overspending (interview) (kp 22/08/2022) [An election that is manipulated in advance by the party leaders in a non-inclusive way can hardly be called fair!]

EC directs governments not to implement new program (kh 21/08/2022)

Campaign Financing (sp 19/08/2022)

Employees, teachers to be deployed in November 20 elections (kh 19/08/2022) [This is only legitimate if the right of these people to vote remains guaranteed!]

EC issues four-point directive to govt for effective security management (kh 18/08/2022)

Ritualistic conduct of elections : Unless street protests erupt once again, Nepal is doomed to endure more of the same, by CK Lal (kp 17/08/2022)

Announcement of federal, provincial poll: Opening vistas of possibilities, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 17/08/2022)

Election Commission says 84 parties applied to contest upcoming general elections (nlt 17/08/2022), Eighty-four parties apply to contest November elections : Twelve parties have formed four groups to fight the elections under four different poll symbols, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/08/2022) [Extremely confusing for the voters and, according to section 49 of the PPA, ultimately with loss of identity for those parties that contest under the electoral symbol of another party!]

Anxiety of performance : Politicians form an electoral alliance with an eye on power and position rather than ideological integrity (kp 17/08/2022), Alliance seat-sharing gets knottier as Maoist Centre has Bhattarai, Gautam into its fold : Ruling coalition wants Dahal to accommodate the new entrants in his party’s own share, instead of asking to adjust them as well, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 17/08/2022)

115,131 local election candidates yet to submit expenditure statements (kh 17/08/2022)

EC intensifies preparation for free, fair poll (nlt 16/08/2022) [Elections in which top politicians decide which parties and candidates are even up for election in the respective constituencies are neither democratic nor fair!]

Maoist Center and NSP jointly registered at EC (rep 16/08/2022)

Nov 20 polls: Deadline for party registration at EC ends today (kh 16/08/2022)

Poll body asks Dahal to clarify his remark that a candidate in May polls spent Rs100 million : At a function last month, the Maoist Centre chair had said that a rural municipality chairman spent millions to secure victory (kp 16/08/2022)

Bamdev Gautam to contest under Maoist Centre's election symbol (rn 16/08/2022), Gautam’s risky political journey, by Tapendra Karki (rep 17/08/2022)

Dismantling patriarchy : Fielding a woman candidate is considered risky by the male-dominated parties in Nepal (kp 15/08/2022)

Election Commission mulls reducing campaign duration to 15 days : Submission of the lists of proportional representation candidates by political parties on September 18-19 and first-past-the-post candidacy registration on October 9-12 likely (kp 15/08/2022), EC may shorten campaign duration : It will reduce election expenditure, says CEC Thapaliya (ht 15/08/2022)

EC seeks media role for November 20 polls (kh 14/08/2022)

Prachanda and Dr. Bhattarai inching closer on single election symbol and manifesto agenda (kh 14/08/2022) [Two parties, one claiming to be communist, the other socialist, but the same election symbol and manifesto?  The Political Party Act does not seem to interest these politicians!], Poles apart for around a decade, Prachanda and Baburam to forge electoral alliance (nlt 14/08/2022)

40 parties registered with EC for November 20 elections so far (kh 14/08/2022)

LSP and NSP want to join ruling alliance as election nears (rep 14/08/2022) [All parties should form an alliance and divide the seats among themselves. Then there would be no need for elections at all, the money saved could be distributed among the politicians and the latter could claim that Nepal has the best democracy in the world!]

Voices grow for fair representation of women as major elections near : Women leaders complain parties field fewer women for direct election. Experts blame the patriarchal mindset, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 13/08/2022)

More than 40 percent local election candidates yet to submit spending details : There were a total of 145,011 candidates. Poll law requires them to furnish the details within 30 days of election. The Election Commission mulls action, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/08/2022)

Nepal Police proposes 120 thousand temporary police for elections (kh 12/08/2022)

EC to conduct door-to-door voter education for Nov 20 polls, by Smriti Dhungana (rep 11/08/2022)

EC to update electoral roll from August 28 (kh 10/08/2022)

Provincial poll declaration should be provinces’ prerogative, observers say : Federalism yet to be embraced in a true sense with the centralised mindset refusing to go, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/08/2022)

As elections approach, some are calling for not repeating old faces : Observes say just changing a small set of leaders may not suffice amid degrading political culture, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/08/2022) [The SC's 2014 directive is binding law for the executive and the legislature. Prompt implementation would have meant that probably none of the top politicians who consider themselves indispensable would still be politically active today, which would be incredibly good for Nepal! Given the disenfranchisement of the electorate through the alliance manipulations of the parties, the NOTA option would be more important than ever!]

Coalition Seat-sharing Onus On NC, Maoist Centre, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 09/08/2022) [Voters should not vote for candidates of a party they do not want to vote for. The party leaders' request is completely undemocratic and leads the party system and thus ultimately parliamentary democracy ad absurdum!]

Will Nepal vote for change? Hopefully, we can eliminate some of the faces that have spread negativity amongst Nepalis, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 09/08/2022) [How is that supposed to work? The failed politicians at the top of the parties have already initiated anti-democratic measures to prevent change!]

Nomination filing for parliamentary, provincial polls on Oct 9 (nlt 09/08/2022)

Hridayesh to contest elections with his own party symbol (kh 08/08/2022)

Party registration for upcoming elections begins today (kh 07/08/2022)

Election calculation : After vacillating, Nepal's coalition finally agrees to 20 November for elections, by Santa Gaha Magar (nt 05/08/2022)

CK Raut to contest elections from Saptari-2 (kh 05/08/2022)

Temporary police to be recruited for November 20 elections (rep 04/08/2022) [It is the duty of the government to ensure that all Nepalis can exercise their right to vote, including deployed security forces, polling agents, migrant workers, etc.]

Govt decides to hold federal, provincial elections on Nov 20 (kh 04/08/2022) [The right to set an election date in the provinces lies with the respective provincial government and not with the central government! Nepal is a federal state! By the way, this also applies to local elections!], EC to start registration of political parties from Sunday (kh 04/08/2022), EC gears up preparations for November 20 elections (kh 05/08/2022), Elections announced for November 20 : Around 18.6 million voters estimated to have been registered for the upcoming elections, with around 1 million added since the May 13 local level polls. Election Commission says 107 days enough for preparations, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/08/2022)

MPs demand 50 per cent FPTP tickets for women, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/08/2022)

Government plans to hold elections on November 20 : The dillydallying in declaring the date has) prompted some to speculate if the ruling coalition is planning to delay the polls, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/08/2022)

EC directs govt to take action against employees who are members of political parties, by Smriti Dhungana (rep 01/08/2022), Public post holder with political affiliation will face action: EC (rn 01/08/2022)

SC orders EC not to implement its decision on RPP election symbol row (rep 26/07/2022)

CEC Thapaliya hints at holding federal election on Nov 20 (kh 26/07/2022)

Election Commission launches online voter registration in five more districts (nlt 21/07/2022)

Govt told to ensure voting rights of security personnel, civil servants and prisoners (kh 17/07/2022), Ensure security personnel, staff on poll day get to vote: SC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/07/2022)

Fill out online form to get registered as voter: EC (rn 12/07/2022), Election Commission launches online registration for voters’ roll in Kathmandu Valley (nlt 13/07/2022)

UML’s Ram Bahadur elected Budhiganga Mayor (kh 10/07/2022)

Ph.D. holder Basnet announces candidacy from Kathmandu-9 (kh 08/07/2022)

In Nepal, to be able to vote is a tough nut to crack : Forced to stand in long queues, coupled with delays, service seekers express rage against the tedious voter registration process, by Shrutika Raut ans Sakshi Srivastav (nlt 07/07/2022) [Nepal needs a mandatory population registration system using modern IT. Then additional voter registration will be unnecessary!]

Voting in Bajura’s Budhiganga municipality being held today (kh 07/07/2022), Police open fire at polling center in Bajura (nlt 07/07/2022)

EC officials to recommend Nov 18 or 21 to hold parliamentary and provincial elections (kh 06/07/2022), Poll commission suggests November 18 for federal and provincial elections : Holding both elections in a single phase is possible, it’s cost effective and easier from the management point of view, the commission says (kp 06/07/2022)

Groups demand limited access to voter roll on poll body’s website : They submitted a memo to the commission with several demands, including amendment to relevant electoral laws, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 05/07/2022)

EC returns local polls’ unspent fund of Rs 1.5 billion to Ministry of Finance (kh 05/07/2022)

Ranju Darshana to contest upcoming federal election from Kathmandu-5 (nlt 03/07/2022)

Concept paper of independent candidacy campaign unveiled (rep 02/07/2022)

EC urges govt to manage e-voting machines for upcoming polls (nlt 30/06/2022) [Yawn, says the Deuba government! This is just like voting rights for the millions of excluded eligible voters!], EC keen to use EVM in general, provincial polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 01/07/2022)

EC preparing to hold federal and provincial elections by mid-December: CEC Thapaliya (nlt 30/06/2022)

Supreme Court quashes petition seeking to halt re-polling in Budhiganga Municipality (kh 28/06/2022)

Why Local Elections in Nepal Should be Held on Nonpartisan Basis, by Ambika P Adhikari and Keshav Bhattarai (rep 23/06/2022)

Congress leaders call for letting Nepalis away vote. Poll body says not feasible : Despite Supreme Court order in 2018, no initiatives taken for out-of-country voting. Debate on the issue when polls near seems to be more for public consumption, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/06/2022)

Engineer Akarshan Pokharel announces candidature in Gagan Thapa’s constituency (kh 21/06/2022)

Snowbalen : Attacks by mainstream parties on independent candidates proves how worried they are about federal elections in November, by Shristi Karki (nt)

Call for bill on out-of-country voting, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 10/06/2022)

‘NC wins elections in 52% municipalities’ (rn 10/06/2022)

Battle of narratives : Political parties, basking in their complacency, didn't bother to check the rear-view mirror, preferring to just look ahead, by Avasna Pandey (kp 06/06/2022)

EC to open voter registration from June 15 (kh 06/06/2022)

Buoyed by success of local polls, Deuba for holding elections by end of November : Encouraged from local polls, the premier holds confidence in the coalition despite some concerns shown by partners, by Anil Giri (kp 05/06/2022)

Lessons From The Local Elections 2022, by Dipak Gyawali (sp 03/06/2022)

Man’s journey from office assistant to ward chief : Netra Bhattarai, 29, impressed many when he was employed at the ward office of Chishankhugadhi-5 as an office assistant. People’s encouragement led him to win the local polls and return to the same office as ward chairman, by Kumbha Raj Rai (kp 01/06/2022)

Parties widely used children in campaigns as poll body remained ineffective : Poll body failed to crack down on parties and stood as a mere spectator, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 31/05/2022)

Congress came first, followed by UML in second position in local polls. Will it shape the outcome of the federal elections? Here are some scenarios : How will Nepali political parties fare in the upcoming elections then? What will be their election strategies after the local poll results?, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 31/05/2022)

Implications Of Local Polls Outcome, by Bhupa P Dhamala (rn 31/05/2022)

The Balen Shah magic: Its retrospect and prospect, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 31/05/2022), How Balen Shah, Harka Rai, and Gopi Hamal won their elections, by Jagadish Paudel (rec 31/05/2022), Let The Mayor Deliver On His Pledges, by Namrata Sharma (rn 01/06/2022)

Rekindling hope : This election and the results have provided many pointers that we need to take positively, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 31/05/2022)

Electoral Democracy and Clientelism in South Asia, by Matrika Poudyal (kp 30/05/2022)

The causes of invalid votes in Nepal, by Yatindra KC (nlt 30/05/2022)

Independent candidates rock Nepal’s local elections. What does it show about opportunities, challenges and messages? Many see the victory of independent candidates as the result of people’s frustration with and lack of trust in traditional political parties. Is that the only case?, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 28/05/2022), Local elections: 385 independent candidates secure victory (rep 28/05/2022)

Electoral Shifts In Local Governance, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 28/05/2022)

14,402 women elected in local level elections across country (kh), Sunita’s entry into politics not a coincidental one, by Asmita Belabase (rep 28/05/2022)

Balen Shah elected Kathmandu Mayor (nlt 27/05/2022), Independent candidate Balen Shah elected KMC mayor, UML’s Sunita Dangol deputy mayor (kh 27/05/2022), Balen Shah vows to make Kathmandu world’s most beautiful city (kh 27/05/2022) [Please be careful. This now sounds similar to the failed party politicians. The people in KTM will be happy if you make things better.], Balen registers historical win in KMC (ht 27/05/2022)

Local election results: Marred by tortoise-paced counting, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 27/05/2022)

Local levels elect 14,402 women representatives (kh 27/05/2022)

Message Through The Ballot, by Kundan Aryal (rn 27/05/2022)

8 municipalities of Lamjung have only men as mayors (kh 26/05/2022)

Inclusive elections: Still a big challenge, by Dev Datta Joshi (ht 26/05/2022)

‘Balen’ canes parties with the walking stick : Kathmandu voters rap Congress, UML on the knuckles as they pick a rapper, also a structural engineer, as their new mayor, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/05/2022)

Vote counting underway in three local units : As per the final results till Thursday morning, NC has secured wins in 326 municipals as UML is placed second with wins in 205 local units (nlt 26/05/2022), Vote count in 749 out of 753 local bodies over; results of 4 yet to come out (kh 26/05/2022), 34,890 people’s representatives elected across country (kh 26/05/2022), Balen secures 38% votes as 3 wards remain to be counted in KMC : Sirjana: 24.24%, Sthapit: 24.03% (kh 26/05/2022), 35,034 representatives elected across country (kh 26/05/2022)

Sudurpaschim fails to elect women, Dalits in chief roles : Number of women representatives elected in deputy mayor and vice-chairperson positions has also decreased as compared to previous local elections, by Arjun Shah (kp 25/05/2022)

EC publishes result of 744 local levels, nine still to come (kh 25/05/2022), Independent candidate Balen Shah certain to become KMC mayor. Balen: 55,747, Sirjana: 35,371, Sthapit: 34,626 (kh 25/05/2022)

34,741 out of 35,221 local representatives elected so far (kh 24/05/2022)

Renu Dahal elected Bharatpur Mayor for second term  (nlt 24/05/2022), JSP’s Singh elected Birgunj mayor, NC’s Alam deputy mayor (kh 24/05/2022)

NC largest as vote count complete in 734 local levels : NC wins in 321, UML: 200, Maoist Center: 120 (kh 24/05/2022), Out of 753 local levels, EC declares result of 740 levels : NC: wins in 322, UML: 203, Maoist Center: 121 (kh 24/05/2022)

Local Poll Deflates Oli's Ego, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 24/05/2022)

UML calls for recounting of votes in Pokhara Metropolis-18 : As per the final results of the vote count at the ward announced this morning, Nepali Congress candidate Shiva Prasad Timilsina had won the Ward Chair post by a margin of three votes (nlt 24/05/2022)

Local polls are over. It’s time for voting reforms : Nepal had five years to plan for better elections and a better election process. But there have been no reforms, similar patterns are being repeated, by Shreya Subedi (nlt 23/05/2022)

Parties have much to learn from independents' rise, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/05/2022)

Resham Chaudhary won election from hiding. His 5-month-old party claims Tikapur when he is in jail : Tharus who feel they were shortchanged by the state have spoken through the ballot, activists and analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/05/2022)

NC largest as vote count complete in 726 local levels : NC wins in 320, UML: 197, Maoist Center: 120 (kh 23/05/2022)

What’s in store for the five-party alliance after local vote results? With increased bargaining power, the Maoists may want to continue partnership, but CPN (Unified Socialist) and Janata Samajbadi Party look unhappy, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/05/2022)

Post politics in Nepal : Disillusioned or not with the parties, a large number of people turn out to cast their votes, by Abhi Subedi (kp 22/05/2022), Local Polls: Outcome And Message, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 22/05/2022)

Final results announced for 706 levels (kh 22/05/2022)

Independent candidate Hamal elected as mayor of Dhangadhi (rep 22/05/2022), Independent candidate Rai leading in Dharan sub-metropolis as about 4,500 votes left to count (kh 22/05/2022)

EC releases results of 6 out of 11 sub-metropolises so far (kh 22/05/2022)

Vote count in 684 out of 753 local bodies over : NC wins mayor/chair in 303 local levels; UML in 185 and Maoist Center in 116 (kh 21/05/2022)

Results of around 90 % local levels out, by Arpana Adhikari (rn 21/05/2022)

Over 150 local units set to be devoid of representatives, creating a vacuum : Experts show problem with the system, including the law that restricts poll body’s powers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 20/05/2022)

Local Polls And Development, by Udbodh Bhandari (rn 20/05/2022)

Local elections dent deposit collection (ht 20/05/2022)

Vote count in 628 of 753 local levels over : NC wins mayor/chair in 280 local levels; UML in 173 and Maoist Center in 112 (kh 20/05/2022), Ruling coalition gets victory in more than two-thirds local levels (kh 20/05/2022), Cut down to size : Citizens have shown what they think of CPN-UML's actions in recent past (kp 20/05/2022)

Newly elected ward member found dead (kh 20/05/2022)

Ditch the paper : There is still room to employ electronic voting in provincial and federal elections (ae 19/05/2022)

Impressions from the election past : The big takeaway is that nothing mattered in the end except the promise of change, by Deepak Thapa (kp 19/05/2022), Civic Engagement At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 19/05/2022), Balen Shah's popularity: Nepal seeks a new national party, by Sumit Pathak (ht 19/05/2022)

NC dominates results tally with wins in 252 local units, UML victorious in 164 municipals (nlt 19/05/2022), Vote count in 570 of 753 local levels over : NC wins mayor/chairperson in 253 local levels; UML in 164 and Maoist Center in 105 (kh 19/05/2022)

Geeta Chaudhary becomes first female mayor in Saptari (rep 19/05/2022)

Controversy erupts after more ballot papers were found in Nepalgunj-18 (rep 19/05/2022), Vote count postponed in Butwal : Who broke the ballot box seal and why?, by Rekha Bhusal (rep 19/05/2022)

Election taking place at additional 15 voting centres (kh 18/05/2022)

Balen Shah maintains a steady lead in mayoral race of Kathmandu (nlt 18/05/2022), NC leads the tally with wins in 203 local units, UML victorious in 127 municipals (nlt 18/05/2022), Independent candidate Sampang takes lead in Dharan Sub metropolis (kh 18/05/2022), Janamat Party wins mayor in Saptari’s Hanumannagar (kh 18/05/2022), UML demands to stop vote-counting in Pokhara (kh 18/05/2022)

Constantly spurned, how Dalits united to create history in local elections : A team of independent Dalit candidates wins four out of five seats in Ward 8 of Kanakasundari Rural Municipality in Jumla, including the post of chair, by DB Budha (kp 17/05/2022)

Towards voting reform : Election symbols were an alternative when the literacy rate was 20 percent in 1960, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 17/05/2022), Slow-paced counting : The best way to reduce the time for counting the votes is to switch to the Electronic Voting Machine (ht 17/05/2022)

Final results of 282 municipals out, NC wins Chief in 128 local units as UML wins in 78 (nlt 17/05/2022)

Why aren’t more women selected as candidates? Patriarchy alone is not a sufficient explanation for the lack of women in candidate selection for the recently held local elections, by Seira Tamang (rec 16/05/2022)

Disillusioned voters : The truth of the matter is that people are fed up with the antics of politicians (kpVote count disrupted in two places in Jhapa (kh 16/05/2022) [!!!]

Local polls: Nepali Congress looks set to gain, and also to be saviour of Maoists : UML reacts with charges of rigging as alliance seems to have worked to give the odds in favour of ruling parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp 16/05/2022), NC leading in nationwide vote count tally (rep 16/05/2022)

Nepalis in general love to vote. Why is turnout low then? Disenchantment? In Kathmandu Metropolitan City, poll officials say, just half of the registered voters showed up to cast their ballot, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/05/2022)

Festering political feud resulted in violent election day, observers say : Single-phase vote also stressed security, making forces unable to contain the violence, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/05/2022)

Call for action against those who made it difficult for persons with disabilities to vote : Depriving persons with disabilities of their voting right has legal consequences, rights bodies say (kp 15/05/2022)

It takes 32 hours to count 2,424 votes (kh 15/05/2022), Slow vote counting exposes poor skills of Election Commission
Nepal's local polls were held on Friday. The vote counting is taking a long time but Nepal's election management body looks blithely indifferent
(nlt 16/05/2022),
Sluggish vote counting calls for switching to tech-friendly elections : The pace at which ballot papers of municipal elections are being counted is tiring and cumbersome and is a source of controversy, observers say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/05/2022)

People vote with hope and fervour even as they resent politicians, parties : There are some reports of violence in different parts of the country, but the vote was largely peaceful, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/05/2022)

Counting votes within wire fences reflects degrading political culture : Fears of shenanigans have grown, prompting measures like CCTV and fencing, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/05/2022)

On killed in clash between NC and Maoist Center cadres in Solukhumbu (kh 14/05/2022), Two people die in election-related violence in Udayapur, Solukhumbu : Violent clashes, mainly over disputes regarding vote counting, have been reported post-election at several places, by Dilliram Khatiwada and Bhanubhakta Niraula (kp 15/05/2022)

UML cadres accused of beating women in Myagdi (rep 14/05/2022), Police open fire to contain the situation as Deumai polling station Ilam goes tense, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 14/05/2022)

Collection of ballot boxes begins (In pics) (kh 13/05/2022), Voting completed with sporadic incidents (kh 13/05/2022), Vote counting to start from today evening (rep 13/05/2022)

Raute community deprived of voting right, again (rep 13/05/2022)

27% votes cast as of 11:15 am: EC Spokesperson (kh 13/05/2022), 35 percent voter turnout till noon: Election Commission (nlt 13/05/2022). 41% votes cast till 2 PM (rep 13/05/2022), 55 percent votes cast till 4 pm: Election Commission (kh 13/05/2022), EC preliminary estimate puts local election voter turnout at 64 percent (kh 13/05/2022), Voters' turnout not as per expectation; election postponed in 44 polling centers (rep 14/05/2022)

Rights body says elections were not peaceful as expected : Voting stalled in different parts of the country and clashes reported in some area (kp 13/05/2022), Major political parties found violating election code: NHRC (rep 13/05/2022)

Police inspector’s wayward firing kills youth in Udaypur (kh 13/05/2022)

Violent activities reported in several places during local elections : In some places, security personnel fired warning shots to quell the clashes (kp 13/05/2022)

Chits used to cast votes in Bharatpur (rep 13/05/2022)

Local elections: Voting obstructed in 53 polling centers (nlt 13/05/2022)

Registered voters who showed driving licence as identity barred from voting : Election Commission says voter identity card or citizenship certificate or passport, or national identity card were the only identification documents recognised for voting, by Arjun Poudel (kp 13/05/2022)

Voting suspended at two polling centers of Pacharauta (rep 13/05/2022), Voting suspended at three polling centers in Dhankuta (kh 13/05/2022), Voting postponed at four polling centers in Kavre (rep 13/05/2022)

NHRC finds poor arrangements for voters' access to polling centres (ht 13/05/2022)

EC seeks clarification from Bhattarai (kh 13/05/2022)

Local polls: Nepal votes to elect local representatives for the next five years :This is the second time Nepal is voting in the local polls after the country adopted a federal democratic system in 2015 following the promulgation of a new constitution, by Ashim Neupane and Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 13/05/2022), Nepalis head to the polls to shape the country’s future (kh 13/05/2022), Tell your own story : Citizens can decide whether they want to elect somebody who governs them or serves them (kp 13/05/2022)

Enthusiastic voters exercise their franchise (Photo Feature) (kh 13/05/2022)

Elderly dies in course of exercising franchise in Baitadi (kh 13/05/2022)

Clashes reported in different places on election day : Clashes between cadres of different political parties have occurred in Humla, Dolakha, Bara and Okhaldhunga among other districts (nlt 13/05/2022), Tensions in Sindhupalchowk’s Jyamire, Army moves forward to take the situation under control (kh 13/05/2022), Polling affected as firing goes in Ramechhap (kp 13/05/2022), Aerial Firing at Kumbhakarna, Dhanusha (kh 13/05/2022), Ballot boxes vandalized in Dakneshwari, Saptari, by Raghab Sharma (kh 13/05/2022), 15 people injured in a clash at Gadhimai, Rautahat (rep 13/05/2022), Voting postponed due to clash at Shailyashikhar, Darchula (kh 13/05/2022), 10 injured in Kharpunath clash (kh 13/05/2022), Ballot papers torn in Achham, polling postponed in two centers (kh 13/05/2022), Voting at Dakneshwori Municipality-2 to take place on Sunday (kh 13/05/2022), Volunteer injured in Gorkha firing (kh 13/05/2022), Locals run away with ballot boxes in Rautahat (kh 13/05/2022), Clashes broke out in 16 places, warning shots fired in eight places on election day : Two injured in Khukuri altercation in Kohalpur (kh 13/05/2022), Byas Municipality mayoral candidate Joshi injured in assault (kh 13/05/2022), Widespread tension in Sarlahi: Aerial shots fired at three places, polling officials beaten, by Madan Thakur (rep 13/05/2022)

Major political parties found violating election code: NHRC (kh 13/05/2022)

Pollution a passing reference in Capital’s mayoral race, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 12/05/2022)

Why aren’t political parties talking about earthquakes?, by Cilla Khatry (ae 12/05/2022)

Implications of low women representation in local polls, by Neelam Dhanuse (rep 12/05/2022)

Confusing ballot design may lead to a large number of invalid votes, experts fear : Democracy activists, intellectuals and political parties are worried that the number of invalid votes might be high due to a jumbo ballot paper and confusion over alliance's candidates, by Abiral Gautam (nlt 12/05/2022)

The more teeth to poll commission, the stronger democracy will be, observers say : There are laws but the election body lacks resources—human and financial—to crack down on wrongdoers, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/05/2022)

Everything you need to know before you go vote, by Sanjeet M Rajbhandari (rec 12/05/2022)

People are leaving Valley in droves to cast votes in the local polls : Many wait for hours to get seats with most vehicles exiting Kathmandu jam-packed, by Shuvam Dhungana and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/05/2022), BP Highway sees heavy traffic in days before elections : Thousands of people are leaving for their home districts to exercise their franchise, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp 12/05/2022)

Transgender people’s qualms continue as Nepal votes in local polls tomorrow : While the Election Commission has taken some steps to try and create a safe voting environment for transgender people, activists say that there is still a lack of nuanced understanding of transgender issues, by Shranup Tandukar (kp 12/05/2022)

260 thousand security persons mobilized for local election (kh 12/05/2022)

Local Polls : Parties Put Heavy Stakes, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

Local election: Are candidates aware of climate issues?, by Ghanashyam Khanal and Yatish Acharya (ht 12/05/2022)

Despite pre-election clashes, polls may pass relatively peacefully, observers say : Police say as many as 62 cases of clashes have been reported between April 24 and Tuesday, May 10, but expect violence to subside with the silent period in force, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/05/2022)

Will local elections shape Nepal’s future? (kh 12/05/2022)

EC enhances mechanism to monitor implementation of code of conduct (kh 12/05/2022)

NWC urges to prevent violence against women during election (kh 12/05/2022)

27 media outlets face music; 25 journos warned off on first day of silence period (kh 12/05/2022)

77 % of votes cast in mock polls invalid (kh 12/05/2022)

Nine candidates die as May 13 local poll inches closer (kh 12/05/2022)

20 injured as NC and Maoist Center cadres clash with each other (kh 12/05/2022) [Nice alliance!]

The oligarchy celebrates local polls : The fundamental appeal of municipal polls lies in their ideological vacuity, by CK Lal (kp 11/05/2022)

Local election manifesto: More ritualistic, less realistic, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 11/05/2022)

Expenditure limit for candidates contesting Nepal’s local polls 2022: Here’s how much they can spend (nlt 11/05/2022)

Lack of voter education in Achham villages may lead to invalid votes : Both parties and their candidates have failed to give due importance to the voter education campaign. As a result, many eligible voters are unaware of the voting process creating high chances of invalid votes, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 11/05/2022)

Election Commission seeks clarification from Dahal, Rana : The poll body has written to them, asking if their recent remarks at campaigns amounted to threatening voters (kp 11/05/2022)

Gradual improvement in election process: Report (ht 11/05/2022) [???]

UML and NC cadres clash in Surkhet, six including four police injured (kh 11/05/2022)

Election silence period: What cannot be done? (nlt 11/05/2022)

2,946 polling centers highly sensitive; 260,000 security personnel deployed (kh 11/05/2022)

Over 1,500 teachers resign on the eve of local polls (rep 11/05/2022) [????]

In case you lose your voter ID, you can still vote by showing your citizenship card, by Hari Krishna Gautam (rep 11/05/2022)

Citizens leaving Kathmandu Valley to cast their votes (kh 11/05/2022) [Nepal must make it mandatory that its citizens are registered where they live, not where they were born. Then they won't have to travel for elections either!]

Schools to remain closed for six days starting today (kh 11/05/2022) [????]

Returning Officers reach all voting centres (kh 11/05/2022)

Remove poll campaign content from social media, CEC tells contestants (ht 11/05/2022)

Nomination set for today after candidate’s demise (kh 11/05/2022)

New voters being provided with voter ID cards today and tomorrow (kh 11/05/2022)

Imports via Rasuwagadhi checkpoint halted (kh 11/05/2022)

Kishore Thapa: ‘The goal is to establish a new political narrative and develop a new political culture’ (interview) (rec 10/05/2022)

About half of Nepal’s voters will not be able to cast their votes in local polls (rep 10/05/2022)

Despite law, Nepal fails to achieve Dalit women representation in wards : Parties say they failed to find candidates, an argument Dalit activists do not agree with, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/05/2022)

For people with disabilities, there are barriers galore to right to voting: Secrecy, lack of ballot papers with tactile relief, and tall tables are key infrastructural issues, by Aakash Chaudhary (kp 10/05/2022), Family can assist visually impaired in voting (ht 10/05/2022), Voting rights for all : Persons with disabilities in Nepal continue to be excluded from the electoral process (kp 11/05/2022)

Regulating social media during election silence period to be challenge (kh 10/05/2022)

UML and JSP strike deal to maintain electoral coordination in Palungtar Municipality, Gorkha (kh 10/05/2022)

Deputy mayoral candidate of Maharajgunj municipality Kurmi dies (kh 10/05/2022)

Former Chief Election Commissioner Yadav denied “special observer” role (kh 10/05/2022)

All results of local polls will be published by May 19: CEC Thapaliya (interview) (rep 10/05/2022)

Border checkpoints to be closed from today (kh 10/05/2022), Silence period for May 13 local polls to begin from today midnight : Election campaign and publicity forbidden (kh 10/05/2022), ‘Publicity materials around polling booth to be removed before silence period commences” (kh 10/05/2022)

Who is Kathmandu Metropolis Mayor?, by Sarin Ghimire (kh 10/05/2022)

What to know: Nepal’s local elections 2022 : The local elections are taking place on May 13 across Nepal. Here are some important data and insights you need to know about the elections, by Pragya Lamsal (nlt 09/05/2022)

‘Vote for those with commitment to address women’s issues’ (kh 09/05/2022)

Balen Shah: A youth icon, and a ray of hope amid politics of despair. Balen Shah has emerged as a symbol of hope for change, an icon for those who are deeply dissatisfied with established political parties to look up to in Kathmandu, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 09/05/2022)

All roar, no bite: Poll body says will monitor spending. Experts doubt : The Election Commission has announced it will deploy officials to monitor campaign expenditures, but analysts say they see little chance of action against overspending, a key source of corruption, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/05/2022)

In Madhesh Province, the political landscape is changing : Analysts say the CPN-UML will likely gain from the deep divisions in the Madhesi parties and the alliance politics of five ruling forces, by Anil Giri (kp 09/05/2022) [KP Oli has also pursued a sometimes brutal anti-Madhesh policy since 2015 and has shown no understanding for the concerns of the Tarai people. It is hard to imagine that the people have already forgotten this!]

Poll staff, election materials airlifted to remote Chhangru and Tinkar areas (rn 09/05/2022)

Border checkpoints to remain closed for three days (kh 09/05/2022), Borders to be sealed for 72 hours before elections : The government has decided to close all international border points from May 10 midnight to May 13 midnight, by Matrika Dahal (kp 09/05/2022)

Ballot papers reach all 77 districts; 78,000 ballot boxes readied (kh 09/05/2022)

EC issues directives for installing CC cameras at all vote counting stations (nlt 09/05/2022)

4 temporary police personnel die; 48 terminated (kh 09/05/2022)

One-third votes cast in Surkhet invalid (kh 08/05/2022) [in mock polling; the alienating nature of the alliance politics of the party leaders makes the already complicated local elections even more complicated!]

Local Level Election: Number of adult candidates much higher as compared to other age groups (kh 08/05/2022) [All candidates are adults!!!]

Candidates wooing voters with booze, mutton (ht 08/05/2022)

EC urges not to use flags of other parties (rep 08/05/2022), EC warns against use of other party flags, election symbols (ht 08/05/2022)

Majority of local levels see old faces (ht 08/05/2022)

Local Polls: A Democratic Milestone, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 08/05/2022)

EC deploys monitoring teams in different districts that are deemed ‘security sensitive’ (rep 08/05/2022)

EC can address doubts; remain pivotal to electoral security, by Abhaya R Joshi (kh 08/05/2022)

EC seeks clarification from 37 individuals for violating code of conduct (kh 08/05/2022)

Unidentified person attacks election candidate with khukuri (kh 08/05/2022)

EC tightens screw against code of conduct breach (kh 07/05/2022)

Not just UML, Congress and Maoist Centre, many unheard of parties are also contesting local polls : Some of the political parties registered for the May 13 elections have quirky and peculiar names (kp 07/05/2022)

Vehicles to be barred from Nepal's roads on May 13 (ht 07/05/2022)

Election hits school enrolment campaign : School enrolment campaign has not been able to make much headway since most people are either out participating in political rallies or listening to the political campaigners, say educators, by Samjhana Rasaili (kp 07/05/2022)

Arzu under fire for her remarks to stop grants where Congress loses : Analysts say her remarks reflect a lack of understanding of how the state functions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 07/05/2022) [This is not only offensive, it is criminal and corrupt!]

Local polls more complicated now to predict with alliance politics and splits : Despite Deuba’s wish and Dahal-Nepal’s compulsion, their poll partnership did not take off well, and UML hopes gains, by Anil Giri (kp 07/05/2022)

PM Deuba flies to Damauli from Butwal on Nepali Army chopper (kh 07/05/2022) [????]

Transportation of ballot papers completed: Election Commission (nlt 07/05/2022)

4,000 employees being deployed for election (kh 07/05/2022) [And they will be deprived of voting themselves!], Army takes over security in critical areas (kh 07/05/2022) [They will not be allowed to vote either!]

Call to facilitate participation of persons with disabilities (kh 07/05/2022)

UML cadres attack Maoist Center election candidates in Sindhupalchowk (kh 07/05/2022)

Sale and distribution of alcohol prohibited in Baitadi (kh 07/05/2022)

Baby on her back, Dalit mother on campaign trail : Mina Biswakarma is standing for municipality chair in Myagdi to uplift her community, by Anita Bhetwal (nt 06/05/2022)

Elections in the age of social media : Candidates for the local level elections are advertising more and more on social media, especially Facebook, presenting the Election Commission with new problems it must account for, by Samik Kharel (rec 06/05/2022)

Exploring the barriers to the right to inclusive election in Nepal : Despite elaborate provisions on including persons with disabilities in political and public life in Nepal, political participation by persons with disabilities remains minimal, by Dev Datta Joshi (rec 06/05/2022)

Local Polls Deepen Democracy, by Bhupa P Dhamala (rn 06/05/2022) [But not if they are appropriated and controlled by the national level!]

Domestic flights to remain closed on election day (May 13) (rep 06/05/2022)

Only vehicles with permission to be allowed to ply on voting day (rn 06/05/2022)

Candidates ask yarsa pickers to stay back for polls but few are interested : Many people are in a hurry to go to the uplands this harvesting season since they haven’t been able to make the journey in the last two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic, by DB Budha (kp 06/05/2022)

170 seats for Dalit women representatives go unclaimed, by Rajkarabn Mahato (ae 05/05/2022)

Electoral syndicate against women : From the first election, one thing that hasn't changed is the politics of hegemonic masculinity, by Chandra Bhadra and Sucheta Pyakuryal (kp 05/05/2022)

EC’s Push For Electoral Reform, by Mukti Rijal (rn 05/05/2022)

Cause of rebel candidature: Party indiscipline or wrong modus operandi?, by Jibaraj Pokharel (ht 05/05/2022)

Political parties flouting poll code in Bhaktapur (ht 05/05/2022)

NC and Maoist Center cadres clash with each other in Rukum West (kh 05/05/2022)

EC writes to Home Ministry urging to call back SP Shahi deployed at joint election cell (kh 05/05/2022)

EC directs candidates, political parties to spend through banking system (kp 04/05/2022)

Complaint filed at Election Office against PM Deuba over his proposed Chitwan visit (rep 04/05/2022)

Parties violating election code of conduct in Bajura (ht 04/05/2022)

Valley’s female candidates outline their women-related commitments : The candidates, vying for two top executive posts at local units in the Kathmandu Valley, promised they’d ensure a violence-free, safe and empowering environment for women (kp 03/05/2022)

CEC Thapaliya calls on mass media to aware people on voting rights (kh) [Also on the voting rights of election workers, security personnel and the millions of migrant workers that have been denied by politicians for years, despite clear directives from the Supreme Court?]

Election Commission has stricter code of conduct but lacks mechanism to monitor it : Observers find many clauses impractical as neither parties can follow them nor officials can check compliance, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/05/2022)

Final list for polls : The EC should leave no stone unturned to take legal action against those who violate the code of conduct (ht 02/05/2022)

20,000 observers of 68 organisations to observe local poll (rn 02/05/2022)

Local election: No candidacy in 149 Dalit woman members (rn 02/05/2022)

10 candidates elected unopposed in Taplejung local polls (kh 02/05/2022)

Election Commission seeks clarification from Ktm mayoral candidate Sthapit (kh 02/05/2022)

Voters in Birgunj are perplexed as to who to vote for because of alliance politics : Since the Madhes Movement, the parties that championed it have splintered and ultimately joined hands with the forces they once rebelled against, puzzling voters, Tufan Neupane and Bhusan Yadav (kp 01/05/2022)

EC warns of action against anyone publishing poll-related fake info on social media (kh 01/05/2022)

Listen to the locals, by Parmeshwar Devkota (rn 01/05/2022)

Row Of Rebel Candidates, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 01/05/2022)

Ballot papers remain to be sent to 17 districts only (kh 01/05/2022)

Poll candidate dies (kh 01/05/2022)

EC receives 300 queries on local polls a day (ht 01/05/2022)

Women leaders from across the political spectrum say they feel constrained : Their representation in local elections has been trimmed but they cannot speak up. Female politicians say the fight will continue though, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 30/04/2022)

As alliance parties threaten rebel candidates, Election Commission says that’s criminal act : The election body states that the threats violate citizens’ legal and constitutional right to take part in elections, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/04/2022) [When will the so-called top politicians finally be punished appropriately for their constant high-handed behaviour? Non-election of such persons and their protégés would be an appropriate response!], Ruling alliance to take action against cadres violating directives (kh 01/05/2022)

12,789 independent candidates getting election symbols today (kh 30/04/2022), EC provides election symbols to candidates (kh 30/04/2022), Local level poll candidates receive election symbols (rep 30/04/2022)

Over 4,000 withdraw candidacies, by Ranju Kafle(rn 30/04/2022), More than 8,000 withdraw candidacies (ht 01/05/2022)

Bajura Dalits in fix following CPN-UML's bifurcation (ht 30/04/2022)

RPP expresses concern over death threat issued against the party’s candidate (rep 30/04/2022)

EC to provide election symbols to candidates today (kh 30/04/2022)

Border checkpoints to be closed for three days before local polls (rep 30/04/2022)

All people’s representatives elected unopposed in Gurja (kh 30/04/2022)

Whose election is it anyway? Kin and clan networks will once again play a formidable role in determining victory margins, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 29/04/2022)

Don’t force anyone to withdraw candidacy: Election Commission (rep 29/04/2022)

Poll panel's new directive unfair to fairer sex : Can affect women's representation in civic bodies as parties prefer to oblige alliance partners, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/04/2022)

Election Commission tells local govts to compulsorily install CCTV cameras 7at vote counting venues (rep 29/04/2022)

Candidacy withdrawal open till 5 pm today : EC to publish final list of candidates (kh 29/04/2022)

Rebel candidates refuse to heed party orders to withdraw from race : Election Commission officials say it is against the code of conduct to pressure the candidates to pull out, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/04/2022) [Just to remind you: In November 1994, "rebel candidates" caused Girija's defeat after he refused to meet Ganesh Man Singh's legitimate demands!]

17.7 mln ballot papers of required 19.4 mln printed so far (kh 29/04/2022)

EC asks govt to declare public holiday on May 13, seeks permission to use physical infrastructures of local govts (rep 29/04/2022)

5,251 queries registered in EC call center in past 30 days (kh 29/04/2022)

Curbing Monetary Muscle In Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn 28/04/2022)

Alliance politics impacts female candidacy in local level elections : Close to 41 percent women had won in 2017, but fewer will be elected this time, with nomination number itself down, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/04/2022), Fewer women this time : Underrepresentation of women in politics has long-term drawbacks (kp 29/04/2022)

As many as 152,465 candidates register nominations for 35,221 posts for local election (kh 28/04/2022), EC to publish name-list of candidates today (kh 28/04/2022)

Action taken against media violating election code of conduct (kh 28/04/2022)

Experts suggest measures to make election process fair and transparent : Experts said while there are a number of laws and policies in place to regulate and monitor the political parties and their acts, weak implementation has led to rising cases of anomalies and violations of election code of conduct (nlt 27/04/2022)

Voting: A Voice Of The Voiceless, by Balmukunda Regmi (rn 27/04/2022) [But only if candidates are also nominated who represent their interests and not those imposed by the central party leadership!]

Low Women Candidacy Breaches Statute, by Namrata Sharma (rn 27/04/2022)

Coalition partners seek electoral alliance within camp (rn 27/04/2022) [These so-called top politicians simply do not want to understand that in the federal system they have no right to prescribe such things to the local level!]

EC to look into nomination papers and complaints today and tomorrow (kh 27/04/2022)

Pindalbari folk pledge votes to those who will build bridge over Biring River : The remote village in Jhapa is cut off from the rest of the district for most of the year due to rise in water level, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 27/04/2022)

Believing in democracy, once-extremist forces of Chand and Raut are joining the poll fray : The hardliners joining the elections is a good move and it does not matter whether they win or lose, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/04/2022)

Hard to retain last election’s achievements with less women candidates this time (kh 26/04/2022)

Nomination for Dalit women member nil in seven wards of Humla (kh 26/04/2022)

20,000 observers from 68 organizations to be deployed for local polls (kh 26/04/2022)

Election paraphernalia dispatched to all 77 districts (ht 26/04/2022)

Keshav Sthapit’s candidacy for Kathmandu mayor sparks furore : Sthapit has been accused of sexual harassment by at least two women, by Aakriti Ghimire (kp 26/04/2022) [He should not run for any political office until a court has certified his innocence!]

Chheten becomes ward no 7 chair of Phaktanglung Rural Municipality unopposed (kh 26/04/2022)

Local Election 2022 : Expectation vs reality, by Ayushma Maharjan (nlt 25/04/2022)

Ensuring that local polls are truly free and fair, by Alok Pokharel (rec 25/04/2022)

Local elections: Today is final day for nomination filing (kh 25/04/2022), 48,197 candidates file nominations for May 13 local election
Number likely to increase: EC
(kh 25/04/2022), Over 100,000 nominations filed for local polls : Ruling coalition sees discord and discontent in some districts with some challenging the alliance politics, by Anil Giri and Tika R Pradhan (kp), Local elections 2022: 137,043 candidates file nominations across country (kh 26/04/2022), Number of candidates filing nomination for local polls crosses 141,000 (kh 26/04/2022)

Everything you need to know about May 13 local polls : As many as 79 parties are registered to contest elections at the local level (kp 24/04/2022)

Poll Alliances And Discontents, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 24/04/2022)

Time for Election Commission to set example by enforcing code of conduct : Observers say candidates easily spend beyond limit as there were no actions in such cases in the past, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/04/2022)

Candidates filing nominations for local polls today and tomorrow (nlt 24/04/2022), Candidacy registration for May 13 local election begins today (kh 24/04/2022)

Election publicity materials removed (kh 24/04/2022)

Alliance for local polls raises spectre of the notorious ‘all-party mechanisms’ : The so-called all-party committees were a tool for the parties to share the spoils, and experts fear a repeat of the practice that will degenerate into kleptocracy, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/04/2022)

Local elections 2022: 168,000 security personnel to be mobilized (kh 23/04/2022) [And they will all not be given the opportunity to exercise their own right to vote!]

AWC appeals voters not to vote human rights violators (kh 23/04/2022)

EC asks leaders in closed list of PR system to remove names if they want to contest local polls (kh 23/04/2022)

Govt to use private helicopters in local level election (rep 23/04/2022)

EC categorizes over 50 percent voting centers in Madhes province as ‘most sensitive’ (kh 22/04/2022)

Election alliance : The outcome of the local polls will be largely decided by the 3.6 million new generation voters (ht 22/04/2022)

“Voters should exercise their sovereign rights while voting”, interview with Laxman Phuyal (kh 21/04/2022)

EC develops tough provisions for election monitoring (ht 21/04/2022)

Ruling coalition ‘decides’ to field candidacy of Srijana Singh as KMC mayor (rep 20/04/2022)

Ruling coalition to finalize distribution of metropolises and sub metropolises today (kh 19/04/2022) [Nepal is a federal state. Nominating candidates for local elections is not the responsibility of national party leaders!]

Half the ballot papers for upcoming polls printed (ht 19/04/2022)

Elected representatives need to resign if they wish to contest again : Supreme Court quashes petition against poll commission’s mandatory requirement of resignation (kp 19/04/2022) [This is now binding law, but still not rationally comprehensible. The then Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi did not even resign from his position as CJ in 2013 when he took over as head of the executive.]

Dalits demand respectable, proportional representation in upcoming elections (ht 18/04/2022)

Joint Election Operation Center to be established for May 13 local polls : The JEOC has the main responsibility to make necessary coordination to establish election offices and facilitate to submit progress reports related to election programs run by district election offices (nlt 18/04/2022)

Correct Information Key To Fair Polls, by Ballav Dahal (rn 18/04/2022)

As political parties focus on winning seats, electorate takes a back seat : Polling day is only 26 days away, but none of the parties except for Rastriya Janamorcha has unveiled their manifesto for the local level election, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/04/2022)

Election alliances of Nepali parties: sense or nonsense in local elections?, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 17/04/2022), Alliance politics may help parties but for first-time voters, it comes with confusion : During local level elections, an adult votes for seven candidates. Remembering all the symbols and cross-party candidates will be difficult, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/04/2022), In desperate bid, UML collaborates with two fringe parties on polls : As the five parties take forward their electoral alliance plan, the opposition party makes boastful claims even while pursuing any potential tie-up, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/04/2022)

EC determines election symbols for parties (rep 17/04/2022)

Nation engrossed in election (kh 17/04/2022)

NC’s Joshi faction to forge electoral alliance with UML in Tanahun (kh 17/04/2022)

EC deploys 77 chiefs, 676 returning officers for local election (kh 17/04/2022)

‘If problems appear in some local units, alliance members will have friendly competition’ : Maoist Centre leader Barsha Man Pun speaks on the electoral alliance of ruling parties for local elections, and the economy (interview) (kp 15/04/2022)

Security Plans For Local Elections, by Purushottam Khatri (rn 14/04/2022)

EC for vacating stay on code provision, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 14/04/2022)

Elections law defines circumstances of ballot counting centre capture (ht 14/04/2022), EC's adamancy : The only way to discourage booth capture is for the EC to act tough and not be intimidated by anyone (ht 15/04/2022)

Dr. Deuba calls for electoral quotas for women based on proportional inclusion (kh 13/04/2022)

President Bhandari approves army mobilization for local polls (nlt 13/04/2022)

Women’s Participation in Elections in Nepal, by Shreeju Niroula (rep 12/04/2022), Let Women Lead Local Levels, by Namrata Sharma (rn 13/04/2022), Women in politics : One can have all the rules and yet find a million ways to sidestep them (kp 14/04/2022)

Rising campaign spending : Failure to ensure financial transparency will facilitate corruption and cronyism (kp 12/04/2022)

Election year is here. Poll expenses major cause for concern : Questions asked: Who funds politicians and why do they do that? Observers say costly polls are a source of corruption, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/04/2022)

Congress leader Shashank Koirala asked to furnish clarification over his Rs60 million remark : The amount spent is much higher than the ceiling of Rs2.5 million set for an individual candidate (kp 11/04/2022), Shashank gets EC show cause notice (ht 12/04/2022)

Date set but why some are doubting timely polls : Several factors at play including difficulty in forming alliances and petitions at court, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/04/2022)

Election Commission tweaks provision for level representatives to contest polls : People's representatives registering candidacy in the local-level elections should sign a document mentioning not availing government facilities (nlt 09/04/2022)

Financially hard for women to contest elections (kh 09/04/2022), Keep up our local level representation, women leaders urge Deuba, poll body : Parties fighting elections in an alliance are likely not to field women candidates for both top local government positions, taking advantage of a flaw in the law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/04/2022), Election Commission revokes provision to compulsorily field woman candidate : The commission rescinded the decision after the political parties protested against the provision stating that it is against existing laws (nlt 12/04/2022), Election Commission backtracks on its decision related to women’s representation at local level : Now political parties fielding just one candidate for one of the two top local government positions are not compelled to nominate women, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/04/2022) [Since Nepal's macho politicians consider the land to be the exclusive property of men, especially those from Bahun castes, men are likely to be the overwhelming majority of candidates in such cases.]

Election code of conduct 2022: dos and dont’s (kh 09/04/2022)

Election expenditure : Questions Of Accountability, by Keshab Poudel (sp 08/04/2022)

Time to cleanse local governments : If the parties field incompetent and corrupt candidates, voters should reject them, by Dinesh Pant (kp 08/04/2022)

EC ready to make clear code of conduct (kh 08/04/2022), Election code of conduct to come into force from today midnight (kh 08/04/2022)

Election code of conduct to come into force from Friday (kh 07/04/2022), UML objects to provisions in election code of conduct (nlt 07/04/2022)

Voting process is going to be complex as parties go for electoral alliance : Voters of parties in the alliance will have a tough time finding the poll symbols and remembering which party has fielded candidates for which positions, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/04/2022)

Voting rights for Nepalis abroad: Full of promises, lack of action : Political parties have promised suffrage to Nepali citizens living abroad time and again but have not taken definite measures to actually allow them to vote, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 06/04/2022)

Election security: Concerns arise from parties fighting polls : Not much threat from so called armed outfits and those boycotting the vote. Observers and experts say it would be better if parties fix their rifts and conflict, by Anil Giri (kp 06/04/2022)

Poll preparation, monitoring panel formed (ht 06/04/2022) [There must be poll monitoring independent from government and political parties!]

Election Commission issues directives to compulsorily field woman candidate (nlt 05/04/2022)

EC holding meeting with leaders of political parties today : To seek written commitment on election code of conduct (kh 05/4/2022), Leaders engage in heated argument in meeting called by EC to discuss local polls (rep 05/04/2022) [The party leaders prove once again that they are unwilling to abide by democratic principles and prefer unlawful behaviour!], Election code of conduct in question after the UML refuses to sign it : Experts fault Election Commission for failing to win the confidence of all parties registered to contest the polls, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/04/2022)

UN, development partners and AIN concerned over possible coercion, force or intimidation directed at their staff or partners in upcoming polls : "We are particularly concerned when our staff and projects face challenges, such as pressure from any stakeholder to provide donations or in-kind assistance," reads the joint statement (nlt 05/04/2022)

Ballot papers for 747 local levels to be printed by May first week (kp 04/04/2022)

Campaign launched to field independent candidates in local level election (kh 01/04/2022)

Youths head for India in droves indifferent to elections : Say earning livelihoods and feeding their families are more important to them, by Thakur Singh Tharu and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 01/04/2022) [It is the criminal failure of the previous Oli government, but of course also of the present Deuba government, to have simply and purposefully disregarded the SC's directive on the participation of migrant workers in the elections! It has already been established for five years that 2022 is an election year!]

Printing of ballot papers for local polls begins (kh 01/04/2022)

Kathmandu is most populous district. But it comes third in voter numbers : Officials, experts see national Capital hosting more migrants than permanent dwellers and lack of interest among youths in politics as possible reasons for lower voter count, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/03/2022)

EC to impose election code of conduct from April 8 (kh 31/03/2022), Tackling Electoral Offences, by Mukti Rijal (rn 31/03/2022)

Election staff must arrive at polling stations three days in advance (rep 31/03/2022) [And what about the opportunity for these staff members to vote themselves? This is a fundamental right of all Nepalese, and the government must ensure that this right can be exercised.]

‘Out of compulsion’: Ruling coalition’s electoral alliance easier said than done : Nepali Congress needs it, but the Maoists need it more. Leaders and analysts say there are complications galore, by Anil Giri (kp 31/03/2022), Ruling coalition agrees to forge electoral alliance in local polls (kh 31/03/2022)

EC tightens noose on contractors aspiring to become local level poll candidates (kh 30/03/2022), Candidate In Local Polls Should Make 19-Point Self-Declaration: EC (rn 30/03/2022)

JEMC to print ballot papers under cover of 150 security personnel (kh 29/03/2022), Army To Safeguard Ballot Paper Printing Station, by Purushottam Khatri (rn 29/03/2022)

17.73 million plus voters to take part in local level polls (kh 28/03/2022)

EC decides to provide 73 small parties their own election symbols (kh 28/03/2022), EC allows fringe parties to contest polls with respective election symbols (rep 29/03/2022)

EC calls for registration for election observation (rep 27/03/2022)

Poll commission plans video tracking of ballot counting : Election officials says local governments should purchase and install the system, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/03/2022), High-tech surveillance : Political leaders cannot be trusted to allow the elections to happen freely and fairly (kp 25/03/2022)

EC To Print 20 Million Ballot Papers For Local Level Election (rn 24/03/2022)

Local Polls Bolster Democracy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 23/03/2022)

Political parties reiterate commitment to give voting rights to Nepalis abroad (rep 21/03/2022) [This statement by the political parties is simply a lie. The SC's prescription has been there for years. Neither the Oli nor the Deuba government, nor the parties involved in them, have done anything to implement it. The right to vote belongs to all Nepali citizens, including the helpers and security personnel deployed on election day, including the many people who are denied citizenship papers by the state for gender-discriminatory reasons!], No voting rights for Nepalis abroad, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/03/2022), Disenfranchised – millions of Nepalis have no voting rights : Despite the outsized impact that migrant workers have on Nepal, they are still unable to vote in elections as Nepal has no provisions for absentee voting, by Marissa Taylor (rec 21/03/2022), Voting rights : If 115 countries can realise out-of-country voting, there is no reason why Nepal cannot do so (ht 22/03/2022)

EC to not allow int’l organizations to observe local level elections (kh 20/03/2022), PM Deuba says govt committed to holding free, fair elections (kh 20/03/2022) [This must be confirmed by independent observers. The advance exclusion of international observers is questionable!]

UML Chair Oli slams EC for giving two days to register candidates in local level election (kh 20/03/2022)

Election Code of Conduct:  Resignation mandatory prior to becoming candidate (kh 18/03/2022) [This rule is nonsense, anti-democratic and a violation of Article 215 of the Constitution, which guarantees a term of five years and does not declare that this term must be shortened if incumbent representatives wish to run again!],  EC's 'unjust' election code kicks up a row : Provision requiring local reps to quit to contest polls condemned, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/03/2022), Writ filed at SC against provision of level representatives to resign for contesting polls (nlt 21/03/2022), Election Commission defends rule requiring local officials to resign before seeking re-election : Officials say rule ensures level playing field for all candidates by preventing possible misuse of state resources, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/03/2022) [But that does not justify a constitutional violation. The harshest possible punishment of the incumbents running again in case of misconduct without ifs and buts could be an option.], Supreme Court stays rule requiring resignation by local officials seeking re-election : Clause 36 of the Election Code of Conduct says elected officials seeking re-election must resign before filing their nomination for the upcoming local elections (kp22/03/2022)

EC to register candidates for local level election on April 24 and 25 (kh 18/03/2022)

Residents Of Limi Village, Humla, Select Their Ward Chair, Members Before Election, by Rajan Raut (rn 18/03/2022)

Local elections 2022 likely to beat spending records : Finance Ministry allocates more than 14.5 billion for May 13 election excluding army expenses, by Raghab Sharma (kh 16/03/2022), Poll expenditure cap 'unrealistic', by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 16/03/2022), Finance Ministry approves Rs 14.45 billion for local polls (nlt 16/03/2022)

As Election Nears, Trend Of Switching Parties Rises In Madhes, by Shiva Shankar Mishra (rn 16/03/2022)

EC approves guidelines and procedures for local polls (nlt 15/03/2022)

Fringe parties threaten to boycott polls (ht 15/03/2022), Just demand : Inability of the fringe parties to solicit votes under one election symbol will only add to the campaign cost (ht 16/03/2022), Election Commission working to resolve election symbol issue: CEC Thapaliya (kh 16/03/2022)

Local level elections: 4,000 polling centers being added (kh 15/03/2022)

Local Level Election : Issues of Political Representation, by Rajendra Bahadur Singh (rep 14/03/2022)

Women serving as deputies at local units aspire to take up executive roles : As local elections near, women representatives, however, doubt the male-dominated parties where patriarchy is deep-rooted will make way for them, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/03/2022)

Fringe parties demand level playing field : As local elections draw close, candidates not getting uniform symbols puts them at a disadvantage, politicians say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/03/2022)

EC sets ceiling of expenditures for candidates during polls : Mayor of Metropolis can spend up to Rs 750,000 (kh 12/03/2022), EC puts cap on poll expenditure (ht 12/03/2022)

Strengthening female representation : Women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions reflects a combination of the design of the quota system and party nomination behaviour, by Rohini Pande, Michael Callen, Binod Paudel and Satish Wasti (kp 11/03/2022)

Not much has been done to address problem of invalid votes : Local level polls are just two months away, but the Election Commission has yet to start voter education, which can hugely reduce the number of votes that go void, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/03/2022)

EC registers 79 political parties for local election : Refuses to register Rishi Kattel’s party citing documents (kh 11/03/2022)

Finance Ministry nods to hiring 100,000 temporary police personnel for local election (kh 11/03/2022)

EC holding meeting with representatives of 17 parties today : To apprise them of election preparations (kh 11/03/2022)

Voters unlikely to get right to reject candidates in local level elections ; Court’s eight-year-old ruling to give people right to cast negative votes yet to be implemented for the lack of a law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/03/2022) [To this day, the autocratic politicians do not want to understand that decisions of the Supreme Court are binding law that the executive and the legislature have to abide by.], Voters Must Reject The Corrupt, by Mukti Rijal (rn 10/03/2022), None of the above : Citizens should get to show they prefer a non-existent entity to a politician that betrays them (kp 11/03/2022)

Ballot papers made green to facilitate vote counting: EC (rep 10/03/2022), Opposition red over plans to print poll symbols in green
Observers say parties should focus on manifestos rather than squabble over ballot colour
, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/03/2022)

Electoral alliance and Prachanda’s election mathematics, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 06/03/2022)

What lies behind the upward trend of resignation among public school teachers in Nepal : Nepal is expected to vote for local level representatives in May this year, and teachers, who hold significant social and political clout in local levels, aspire for various posts. A government job, however, disallows them from contesting the elections (nlt 05/03/2022)

Heating Up : Three New Political Parties Register For Local Elections (sp 04/03/2022)

EC calls for complaints on voter-list from today (kh 04/03/2022)

EC secures Rs 8.11 billion from govt to manage local level election (kh 03/03/2022)

Reining In Poll Expenses, by Mukti Rijal (rn 03/03/2022)

Around 20 million ballot papers to be printed for local polls: EC (nlt 01/03/2022)

80 political parties apply for registrations in EC (kh 28/02/2022), 80 political parties to contest local polls (kh 01/03/2022)

109 Political Parties Registered At EC (rn 22/02/2022)

Political parties focused on local elections (ht 22/02/2022)

Election Commission asks parties to register for local level elections : In 85 days from now, the elections will be held in a single phase to choose new representatives for 753 local units (kp 18/02/2022)

What if… voters got to reject candidates?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 17/02/2022) [What do the high-handed politicians care about a ruling of the Supreme Court?], Right to reject : What we need is a mechanism for the public to express its disappointment with politicians (ae 17/02/2022) [There are probably not many countries where this is as urgently needed as in Nepal!]

Govt preparing to add 13 local units ahead of polls (nlt 17/02/2022)

SC issues order to register writ petition against local elections (nlt 17/02/2022)

Federal spirit in local elections : The parties should let their subnational organisational entities distribute election tickets, by Achyut Wagle (kp 15/02/2022)

Implement SC order to enable Nepalis abroad to vote' (ht 15/02/2022)

Teenagers turning 18 a-day before local level election date to be eligible for casting vote (kh 14/02/2022)

EC to register parties for local polls from Thursday (kh 14/02/2022), Registration of parties for local polls kicks off from today (kh 17/02/2022)

Election Commission to begin daily press briefing from today (kh 13/02/2022)

EC seeks an additional Rs 40 billion to conduct local level election: Minister Sharma (rep 11/02/2022)

Will people from Kalapani region get to exercise their franchise? There’s no voter list update. Nor does the poll body know which local units it is supposed to conduct elections in, by Prithvi man Shrestha and Anil Giri (kp 10/02/2022) [Sorry, but given the current circumstances, this question sounds ridiculous!]

Janamat Party Chair Raut warns of obstructing elections if farmers’ demands not addressed (kh 09/02/2022)

EC urges Ministry of Federal Affairs for making arrangements of necessary materials for local election (kh 08/02/2022), Home Minister and Finance Minister discuss election budget (kh 09/02/2022)

Govt decides to hold local polls on May 13 (rep 07/02/2022), Government decides to hold local level polls on May 13 : Those elected from second and third phases of polls in 2017 say they would challenge the move in the court, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/02/2022) [This doesn't have to be a problem. The elections can be held nationwide on one day. But those elected in 2017 will not be replaced by the newly elected until their five-year terms expire.], Some 1.6 Million New Voters Enlisted In A Year (rn 08/02/2022), Supreme Court moved against govt’s decision to hold local polls in May : Representatives elected in the second and third phases of the earlier local-level polls will not be able to serve for full five years if the polls are held in May, the petitioner has argued (nlt 09/02/2022), Supreme Court rejects petition challenging the date of local election : The petitioner, who approached the court arguing May 13 polls will deprive thousands of elected representatives of their right to five-year term, says he will appeal against the court’s refusal (kp 09/02/2022)

EC calls for application to design ballot papers (kh 05/02/2022)

Holding local level elections on May 18 may not end legal complications : Representatives elected in the second and third phases of the local level polls conducted in 2017 can move court asserting their right to serve for full five years, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/02/2022)

Election Commission estimates local-level elections to cost Rs 12 billion (nlt 03/02/2022)

Government, Election Commission agree to hold local polls on May 18 at one go : As Election Commission officials and the prime minister agreed on the date it will be formally announced through a cabinet decision soon (kp 01/02/2022), Government, poll authority agree to conduct local level elections on May 18 : Date yet to be officially announced, but it goes in line with the opposition demand and not to the liking of Prime Minister Deuba’s coalition partners, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/02/2022)

Election Commission Estimates Local Elections To Cost Rs. 12 Bln (rn 01/02/2022)

Local level elections: Law revision must or not? Depends who you ask : Ruling alliance says it will amend Acts to make them compatible with the constitution. First declare dates; if it’s by May 19, there is no need, the main opposition says, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 31/01/2022)

What constitution and election laws say about local level polls : Politicians and experts are divided over constitutional provisions and poll-related laws. Interpretations are different, by Tika R Pradhan and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/01/2022)

Coalition makes a turnabout, agrees to hold local level polls by mid-June : Plans are afoot to align election laws with constitutional provisions. Confusion, however, persists, by Anil Giri (kp 30/01/2022)

Lawyers demand local elections be held on time (rep 30/01/2022)

All politics is local : Local governments elected in 2017 show what the country can look like when people are put first, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 28/01/2022), Think nationally, vote locally : Local government elections cannot be held hostage just because two national parties are afraid they will lose (nt 28/01/2022)

EC invites Law Ministry for discussion on election laws (kh 28/01/2022) [As long as the constitution is not changed, the elections have to take place as mentioned in the constitution, irrespective of what subordinate laws may say!]

Why Local Polls Draw Growing Interest, by Mukti Rijal (rn 27/01/2022)

Unified Socialist candidate Garima Shah gets elected from Sudurpaschim Province (kh 26/01/2022), All Candidates Of Ruling Coalition Elected To NA From Sudurpaschim, Lumbini Provinces (rn 26/01/2022), Ruling alliance secures victory in 18 of 19 seats in National Assembly poll (With list of elected candidates) (rep 27/01/2022), Ruling parties win 18 out of 19 seats in National Assembly elections (nlt 27/01/2022), UML the main sufferer yet a winner in National Assembly elections : The main opposition continues to be the largest party in the upper house despite losing seven seats. The ruling alliance wins in all provinces except Province 1, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/01/2022)

National Assembly Election: Counting underway : Results to be out today itself (kh 26/01/2022)

Local level elections will be held by mid-April 2023: Madhav Nepal (kh 25/01/2022)) [According to Article 225 of the Constitution, local elections must be held five years after the last elections, and at the latest six months later. This is binding. What is written in subordinate laws may not be constitutional and then as irrelevant as the arguments of a handful of male Tagadharis at the head of the government and political parties. Nepal is not their property!], Plan to amend law to delay local polls faces criticism : Parties should not create instability by misinterpreting constitutional provisions, leaders and experts say, by Anil Giri (kp 25/01/2022), EC urges government to fix local election date at the earliest (kh)

EC all set to hold NA polls; voting from 9 am Wednesday (kh 25/01/2022)

Silent period for National Assembly election begins (kh 24/01/2022)

EC directs RPP to remove ‘monarchy’ and ‘Hindu state’ from its statute (kh 23/01/2022), RPP calls office bearers’ meeting as EC asks to remove Hindu state, monarchy from party statute (kh 23/01/2022), RPP to seek political and legal redressal against EC’s call to remove Hindu state, monarchy from party statute (kh 23/01/2022), EC warns of action if RPP does not amend statute, party logo (rep 23/01/2022)

It is govt’s responsibility to shape local level by holding polls: EC (rep 23/01/2022)

'Simultaneous elections not feasible', by Ram Kumar kamat (ht)

What if the local elections are not held on time? As the government is dithering over when to hold the local elections, experts warn that deferring local polls can have consequences on federalism and can also invite constitutional crisis, by Nishan Khatiwada (nlt 23/01/2022)

Postponing local elections would be unconstitutional and undemocratic: Thapa (kh 20/01/2022) [The constitution allows for a slight postponement of local elections. Whether such a postponement makes sense is another question. Moreover, the constitution overrules the Local Election Act. The latter does not seem to conform to the rules of the Constitution!], Have No Dilemma On Local Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn 20/01/2022)

Ruling alliance agrees to hold local polls in April (nlt 18/01/2022)

NC Election Committee dismisses complaint against Binod Chaudhary (kh 18/01/2022)

Division over local level poll dates as two ruling parties press for delays : CPN-UML for Election Commission-proposed dates while the Congress wants fresh discussion with political forces, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/1/2022), Deuba in poll dilemma— whether to listen to his party or alliance partners : At least two parties in his coalition want three tiers of elections in one go. Congress thinks otherwise, by Anil Giri (kp 17/01/2022)

Political Parties Urge To Hold Local Elections On Time (rn 14/01/2022)

Time to tweak our electoral system, by Birendra Prasad Mishra (ae 13/01/2022)

Election Commission convenes all-party meeting Friday kh 12/01/2022)

National Assembly election code of conduct effective from today (kh 10/01/2022)

EC provides election symbols to parties vying in NA elections : Final list of candidates published (kh 09/01/2022)

The History Of Polls In Nepal, by Aashish Mishra (rn 08/01/2022)

Clean up elections to clean up politics : In a democracy, elections force accountability but the voting process itself needs to be overhauled, by Shristi Karki (nt 07/01/2022)

Volatile Mix of Politics and Religion : Local elections this year will be a kind of referendum on federalism and secularism (nt 07/01/2022)

Election Commission registers Good Governance Party, provides certificate of registration (kh 06/01/2022)

Registration of voters’ name list at Election Commission (rep 05/01/2022)

43 candidates from 12 parties register candidacies for NA election (with list) (kh 04/01/2022), NA election: Candidates allowed to spend up to Rs 350,000 (kh 05/01/2022), All you need to know about National Assembly elections : 19 members will be elected on January 26 to replace those who are retiring on March 4 (kp 05/01/2022)

EC dismisses Milan Pandey's complaint (rep 04/01/2022)

Electoral Integrity: A Crucial Aspect of Sustaining Democracy, by Rajaram Bartaula (rep 03/01/2022)

Preparations for local polls begin amid concerns from some ruling parties : CPN (Maoist Centre) and CPN (Unified Socialist) want all three elections to be held in a single phase in November, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/01/2022) [Article 225 of the Constitution reads simply: "The term of office of a village assembly and a municipal assembly shall be five years from the date of election. A new village and municipal assembly shall be elected not later than six months after the expiry of such term." Where does it say that an additional law is needed? It would definitely be more cost effective to hold all elections on a single day. But it would be much more important to create the conditions for all eligible Nepali citizens to vote, including migrant workers, as the Supreme Court ruled long ago!]

Election process for National Assembly polls begins from today (kh 01/01/2022), EC to give election symbol to parties for NA elections on Jan 4 (kh 02/01/2022)

Election body’s removal of ‘unconstitutional’ terms from Maoist statute triggers debate : Election Commission says some phrases including ‘communism’ in the party charter contradict the constitution, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/12/2021) [And what about parties that oppose the fundamentals of the constitution like RPP and Bibeksheel Sajha Party when they reject the achievements of the past decades and want to return to authoritarian Hindu monarchy? This is clearly against the interests of the multi-ethnic and multi-religious society of Nepal! The secular Republic of Nepal is ailing only because of the incompetent, corrupt, disinterested political elite that remains deeply rooted in Hindu thinking!]

12 parties to take part in National Assembly elections (kh 26/12/2021), Discussion Held On Election Security Strategy (rn 27/12/2021)

EC proposes to hold local levels election on April 27 (kh 24/12/2021)

Election Commission holding local level election on May 3 (kh 22/12/2021), When should the local elections be held? Election Commission says by May next year. Political parties don’t seem to be prepared, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/12/2021), Govt preparing to hold local level polls on May 3: CEC Thapaliya (rep 23/12/2021)

Forgotten commitment by political parties : The law says that there should be at least one-third women at party committees at all levels, by Ila Sharma (kp 17/12/2021) [The machos at the top of the parties will never change without drastic punishments. Exclusion of the parties concerned at the next elections would be a guaranteed effective remedy! CPN-UML and NC would definitely be candidates!]

NA elections: EC calls on political parties for registration (kh 16/12/2021)

Deceased not to be included in electoral roll (kh 11/12/2021

NA Election: Candidacy Nomination On Jan 4, Election On Jan 25 (rn 07/12/2021)

Govt not ready for out-of-country voting : EC says existing laws need to be amended to enable Nepalis living abroad to vote, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 05/12/2021) [The government has had more than four years to fulfil the SC's order in this regard!]

Voter-list being collected at 637 local level centers from today (kh 03/12/2021)

Voter IDs to be registered in all 77 districts (rep 01/12/2021)

Upcoming upper house polls could leave a weakened UML even weaker : A loss may be solely the UML’s but holds the potential for affecting national understanding by deepening the divide, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/11/2021)

EC warns NC, UML against using govt staff (ht 24/11/2021), EC's warning : Any tendency to rebuff the EC's warning by the two parties will only have other political forces ritually following their footsteps (ht 25/11/2021)

Voters name list to be collected at local level centers (kp 22/11/2021)

Govt to hold National Assembly elections by Jan 22 (kh 10/11/2021), National Assembly member election to be held on January 26 (rep 20/11/2021)

Election Commission legitimizes Chair Mishra-led Bibeksheel Sajha Party : The election body approves the party's recent amendment to statute (kh 04/11/2021)

Possibility of early elections diminishing : The constitution has no provision for vote before schedule and most parties in the ruling alliance are still unprepared, by Anil Giri (kp 31/10/2021)

How and when will the three-tier elections be held?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 28/10/2021)

20 Seats of 20 National Assembly lawmakers falling vacant (rep 26/10/2021), PM, EC Officials Discuss NA, Local Elections (rn 26/10/2021)

Election Commission gears up for local elections (kh 26/10/2021) [One should not expect too much. None of Nepal's parties and political leaders feel bound by the constitution and laws!]

Early elections are in talks, but there are complications galore : Besides legal hurdles, coalition partners also have some issues, while Deuba may face a hard time justifying it, by Anil Giri (kp 20/10/2021)

Ruling coalition mulls holding three-tire elections simultaneously (kh 18/10/2021)

Poll prospects of new parties depend on how alliances evolve : Formation of CPN (Unified Socialist) and Loktantrik Samajbadi could lead to vote splitting, and for them  to gain, they will have to rely on others, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/08/2021)

Right to reject: To vote or not to vote?, by Anoushka Pant (ht 30/08/2021)

EC asks people’s representatives to decide their party by September 7 (kh 29/08/2021)

EC summons leaders of CPN-Unified (Socialist) and DSP for identification today (kh 25/08/2021), CPN-Unified (Socialist) leaders at EC for verification (kh 25/08/2021), DSP leaders reach Election Commission for verification (kh 25/08/2021)

EC allocates time for Madhav Nepal’s party verification : Calls leaders to show before Commission from 11.30 am to 2 pm on Wednesday (kh 24/08/2021)

EC to ignore Oli faction's claim, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/08/2021)

EC calls Madhav Nepal and Mahanta Thakur’s parties for verification (kh 20/08/2021)

Election Commission updates central executive committee of Samajbadi Party : In the new body, party chair Mahantha Thakur and his 15 supporters have not been included, pushing the party towards a split, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/08/2021)

EC cancels registration of 41 political parties (kh 03/08/2021)

EC cancels election schedule for HoR (kh 15/07/2021)

EC endorses mid-term polls date; unveiling 67-pt election schedule today (kh 05/07/2021), Election Commission unveils calendar of events for November ‘mid-term polls’ (rep 05/07/2021) [Even before the SC decides on the unconstitutionality of the HoR dissolution?]

Election body preparing for polls despite uncertainty : The Election Commission plans to issue a tender notice next week for the procurement of election materials, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/07/2021) [Oli is now to blame for this situation for the second time. He should be held personally responsible for the completely unnecessary expenses if the SC declares his actions unconstitutional this time as well, which is to be assumed! It would have been much more important to use the time to finally prepare a postal voting option so that migrant workers and other expatriate Nepalis, election workers and security personnel could also vote. Denying them the right to vote is unconstitutional!

Not the right time to conduct polls : Faulty comparisons, by Mahendra P Joshi (ht 02/07/2021)

Abide by the code : The office-bearers must live up to the people's expectations and take impartial and fair actions as per the legal provisions (ht 01/07/2021)

Maoist Center reaches EC demanding dismissal of its 18 leaders defecting to UML (kh 18/06/2021)

JSP Yadav faction re-approaches EC to claim legitimacy within party (kh 18/06/2021)

Elections will be held during COVID-19 pandemic, claims PM Oli (kh 17/06/2021) [???]

EC’s decision partial and prejudiced, says JSP Chair Yadav (kh 15/06/2021), Maoist Spokesperson Shrestha accuses EC of being govt’s hand puppet (kh 15/06/2021)

Election Commission refuses validating actions taken by JSP rival factions (kh 13/06/2021)

Election Commission’s selective way of decisions comes into question : Poll body, which was reluctant to act promptly on the now  defunct Nepal Communist Party dispute and on UML, is quick to decide on the issues of Janata Samajbadi Party, by Binod Ghimire and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/06/2021)

With 4,178 new cases, Nepal's Covid-19 tally reaches 561,302 : The Health Ministry reports 114 new deaths including figures from the past few days based on statistics from the Nepal Army (kp 31/05/2021)

Vote casting in NA by-polls of Lumbini Pradesh kicks off : Election results to be published today itself (kh 31/05/2021), Lumbini NA by-election:  276 voters cast votes as of 12 noon (kh 31/05/2021), Drigha Narayan Pandey elected to NA from Lumbini Province (kh 31/05/2021)

Nepal Public Health Association demands to annul mid-term elections (kh 26/05/2021)

EC advices PM to conduct election in a single phase (kh 23/05/2021)

CPN (Unified) Party registered at EC : Party’s leader Jiwan Rai is close to Madhav Nepal; election symbol pen (kh 23/05/2021) [This indicates a formal split of the CPN-UML in the making!]

Khim Lal Devkota defeats Ram Bahadur Thapa in National Assembly election : Devkota, an independent candidate backed by Nepal-Khanal faction of the UML, had the support of Congress and Maoist Centre. Thapa was fielded by the UML (kp 20/05/2021) [Both Oli and Thapa really deserve this!]

EC holding by-elections in Bagmati tomorrow, in Lumbini on May 31 (kh 19/05/2021)

RPP issues whip to vote for Home Minister Thapa (kh 19/05/2021) [The monarchists and supporters of the Hindu state support the election of a former Maoist! Someone must have radically changed his mind, and it is not the RPP!], PM Oli violates election code of conduct, EC warns of action (rep 19/05/2021), PM Oli urges to cast votes for Thapa in NA by-elections (kh 19/05/2021)

Badal and Devkota file candidacies for NA by-election (kh 07/05/2021)

EC prepares financial procedure for NA seat by-election (kh 27/04/2021)

Election Commission earns disrepute over communist party legitimacy indecision : The commission has time and again failed to resist influence despite being a constitutional body, observers say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/04/2021)

Purse Plays Havoc In The Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn 15/04/2021)

Election in crisis : Why we need to talk about, by Apurva Singh (ht 08/04/2021)

Nepal’s Updated Voters Stand At 16,243,110 (rn 18/03/2021)

Poll commission to resume voter registration this week : Following the Covid-19 lockdown and the government announcement to conduct  snap elections, enrolment had been halted for a long time, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/03/2021)

Upholding SC verdict, Election Commission scraps Oli-Dahal’s NCP, revives erstwhile CPN (UML) and NCP (Maoist Center) (rep 09/03/2021), EC asks UML and Maoist Center to come up with new name and election symbol if  they opt for fresh merger (rep 09/03/2021), EC scraps Oli-Dahal led NCP (kh 09/03/2021), Poll body’s rush to enforce court decision raises questions about its credibility : That the commission had shown no urgency to resolve the NCP dispute leaves room for suspicion, former officials argue, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/03/2021)

Supreme Court awards Nepal Communist Party to Rishiram Kattel : The decision makes the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) registered under Oli and Dahal in May 2018 illegitimate (kp 07/03/2021), SC recognizes Rishi Kattel’s party authentic NCP : Annuls Prachanda-Oli’s NCP (kh 07/03/2021) [This means that the two divided factions of the ruling party must immediately look for a new names. Both use of the name NCP is illegitimate! The question remains why the SC took so long to make this important decision. The EC should never have recognised Oli and Dahal's party as NCP under existing law!]

Poll commission to discuss legitimacy claims of Dahal-Nepal faction next week : The Election Commission’s indecision has drawn widespread criticism, including from former commissioners, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/03/2021), Supreme Court final verdict on NCP’s name row on Sunday (kh 06/03/2021), EC holding meeting to sort out NCP’s authenticy row today (kh 07/03/2021)

House restored but poll body still has to settle ruling party dispute : Experts say the Supreme Court verdict may have taken some pressure off Election Commission but it cannot sit on the case forever, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/02/2021)

EC undecided which NCP faction legitimate (ht 23/02/2021)

Election commission to set up 21,000 polling booths : Preparations for elections moving forward smoothly, officials say even as  settlement of the Nepal Communist Party dispute appears far off (kp 21/02/2021)

Wisdom of the crowds : The only definite way of gauging the will of the people is through an election, by Sambridh Ghimire (kp 21/02/2021) [There may have to be early elections in the near future, but not now. At the moment, the only question is whether Oli was allowed to dissolve parliament in order to prolong his personal power or whether he had to abide by the internationally customary democratic rules of the game: resignation or a vote of confidence in parliament. Only then, if no new government can be formed, may there be new elections!]

Poll body continues election preparations while ignoring the dispute in Nepal Communist Party : After it said 30-day deadline for claiming legitimacy had passed, Dahal-Nepal faction submitted another set of papers which the poll body is studying, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/02/2021)

Government seeks logistical support from India, China even as poll uncertainty continues : Poll body has yet to resolve dispute in Nepal Communist Party, a must for holding elections, but it has expedited other works, by Anil Giri (kp 17/02/2021)

Poll body steps up preparations, but indecision on Nepal Communist Party legitimacy continues : Amid concerns over spring elections, Dahal-Nepal faction says preparations lack meaning without resolving party row, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/02/2021)

Oli’s large-scale secretary transfers in lead-up to elections come into question : More transfers of bureaucrats as well as of police officers are on the cards, officials say. Past experience shows  that officials have a role in influencing elections, by Anil Giri (kp 14/02/2021)

Oli asking poll body not to get into any party disputes raises concerns : As polls are not possible until the Nepal Communist Party issue is resolved, analysts wonder if the prime minister has a different game plan to drive his opponents into a corner, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/02/2021)

Govt decides to hold midterm elections in 40 districts in first phase and in 37 districts in second phase (rep 09/02/2021)

PM Oli reaches Election Commission to take stock of preparations for elections and seek his faction's official recognition as legitimate NCP (rep 09/02/2021)

Dahal-Nepal faction reaches Election Commission seeking official recognition as legitimate NCP (rep 02/02/2021), Dahal-Nepal faction stakes claim to Nepal Communist Party at poll body : Experts say it is up to the Election Commission to decide how to take the issue forward, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/02/2021)

Oli, despite leading caretaker Cabinet, on spree to inaugurate and award projects : Inaugurating them is an attempt to influence elections which the poll body should look into and awarding them risks future governments not owning them, observers say, by Anil Giri (kp 31/01/2021) [The minimum punishment for a coup plotter should be that he should never again be allowed to participate in elections or hold public office!]

Litmus Test Of Constitutional Bodies, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 31/01/2021)

900,000 names added to voters’ list ahead of polls (kp 31/01/2021)

It’s time for parties to register for polls but Oli-Dahal’s legitimacy row remains : Election Commission this week decided not to give legitimacy to either faction of Nepal Communist Party. But with elections nearing, it will have to make a choice, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 30/01/2021) [Wouldn't it be time for an interim order by the Supreme Court to halt election preparations pending a final decision on the constitutionality of the dissolution of parliament? Nepal is facing irreparable damage!]

Poll body refuses to give legitimacy to either faction of Nepal Communist Party : Factions led by Oli, and Dahal and Nepal have failed to follow procedures, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/01/2021), Election Commission invites both Oli and Dahal factions to discuss upcoming midterm polls (rep 28/01/2021)

Election Commission to notify donors about  potential areas of cooperation to hold elections : Officials to allocate budget for elections from internal resources while keeping door open for assistance in kind, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/01/2021) [Regular elections should be supported by donor countries in the interest of preserving democratic processes, but not completely superfluous early elections that serve only the power interests of a PM who has failed on all fronts!]

More than 50 different items are needed for polls, Election Commission says as preparations begin Even if Supreme Court decides Oli’s dissolution was constitutional, dispute in Nepal Communist Party has to be settled before polls are possible, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/01/2021) [And what about the voting rights of expatriate Nepalis, especially the millions of migrant workers? The Supreme Court's ruling in this regard is binding law, but the incompetent Oli government has done nothing so far!!]

CEC Thapaliya stresses need to update voters’ list before polls (ht 14/01/2021)

Nepal Communist Party has been cleaved in two, but a formal—legal—split seems to be heading to stalemate : The Election Commission says neither the Oli faction nor the Dahal-Nepal camp has presented the necessary  paperwork for it to be recognised as the legitimate party. And neither seems to want to take the blame for split, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/01/2021)

EC amends rules to recognise NCP split : Will decide which faction of the party should use original party’s name, flag, and election symbol during polls (ht 06/01/2021)

EC writes to PM Oli, Dahal factions on legitimacy claims (ht 04/01/2021)

Large number of people could be disenfranchised if polls are held as planned : The government has announced midterm elections on April 30 and May 10 but experts say there isn’t enough time for new voters to get registered, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/01/2020)

Voters Name List Being Updated From January 28 (rn 01/01/2020)

EC starts updating voters’ list (ht 28/12/2020), Election Commission starts preparing for polls : The constitutional body is assessing the budget, human resources and materials required and taking stock of its logistics, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/12/2020), Poll Preparations : As per the apex court order, the govt must enact a law allowing voting right of the migrant workers from their host countries (ht 29/12/2020) [!!!!]

Election Commission to settle dispute over legitimacy of Nepal Communisty Party : After the Dahal-Nepal faction submitted the necessary documents claiming legitimacy, the commission will now ask the Oli faction for its response to the claim, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/12/2020)

Nepalis abroad will get to vote: Minister Bhusal (rep 06/09/2020)

Review Election System For Stability, by Mukti Rijal (rn 07/05/2020)

Riddles of electoral democracy: Is there any rational to participate in voting? Why are we voting? For whom are we voting? Isn’t it time to look for an improved system of securing representation even when that happens through voting?, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 05/05/2020)

NC ward chair’s post declared void after party change (kh 04/05/2020)

EC submits NA election results to president (ht 30/01/2020)

NCP bags 16 out of 18 NA seats up for grabs (ht 24/01/2020) [Once again extremely inclusive: 50 % are Bahuns, 5 of them male; not a single Janajati besides one Shrestha; only one Madheshi; no Dalit woman!], NCP sweeps upper house elections: Nepali Congress loses seven seats (rep 24/01/2020)

Preparations for NA polls in full swing (ht 19/01/2020)

EC completes preparations for upper house election (rep 17/01/2020)

Nominations filed for NA elections slated for Jan 23 (ht 06/01/2020)

NC, RJP-N finalise candidates for National Assembly elections (ht 05/011/2020)

NCP leadership takes unilateral decision as it picks National Assembly candidates: The party leadership failed to live up to its recent commitment to following due process, accuse leaders, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 04/01/2019) [Long live the authoritarian male political leaders and their anti-democratic behaviour!], NCP finalises NA election candidates (ht 04/01/2020) [Wow, really inclusive: Far more than half of them are Bahuns!]

Election Commission publishes NA elections schedule (ht 19/12/2019)

NCP, RJP-N to support each other in NA polls (ht 19/12/2019)

EC to consult political parties for NA election (ht 07/12/2019), EC starts preparation for NA elections (rep 08/12/2019), EC preparing for NA elections (ht 10/12/2019), Party registration for upper house member election begins (rep 14/12/2019)

Electoral reforms: To ensure free, fair polls, by Krishna Man Pradhan (ht 06/12/2019)

By-elections’ Messages To Political Parties, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 05/12/2019)

Lessons from Sri Lanka: Provision of postal vote is something Nepal can immediately learn from Sri Lanka. In Nepal, thousands of security personnel and election staff cannot vote during the elections, by Krishna M. Pradhan (rep 04/12/2019)

NC registers historic victory in Dharan (ht 03/12/2019), Dharan election, a cause for concern for ruling NCP (ht 03/12/2019), Congress candidate wins in Dharan after decades, by Rohit Rai (rep 03/2/2019)

Curbing corruption: Faulty election system of First Past the Post is one of the main reasons responsible for motivating political corruption, by Kul Ratna Bhurtel (rep 02/12/2019)

NC candidate Bhandel wins SA by-poll from Bhaktapur (ht 02/12/2019), Late minister Adhikari’s wife wins landslide victory (ht 02/12/2019), Back in politics with a landslide:
Bidya Bhattarai’s election as member of parliamente
, by Sandesh Shrestha (rep 03/12/2019)

19 candidates fail to garner even a single vote (ht 02/12/2019)

New parties face drubbing in by-elections as Nepalis continue to vote along party lines: “They failed to convince the voters as to what they would bring to the table if they were given a chance”, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/12/2019), In by-election results, ruling party's popularity declines but opposition is unable to capitalise: Contesting polls for the first time as a unified party, the Nepal Communist Party should’ve won even more seats, but it failed to perform as expected, analysts say, by Anil Giri (kp 02/12/2019), Election results show no major change in political equation (rep 02/12/2019)

65.43 per cent votes cast in by-elections (ht 01/12/2019)

Voters’ turnout low compared to last elections (ht 01/12/2019), 16.4pc ballots cast at Thawang of Rolpa district (ht 01/12/2019)

Explosions mar by-polls in places (ht 01/12/2019)

337 candidates contesting for 52 seats (ht 30/11/2019)

By-elections unlikely to affect national politics, analysts say: Given the organisational structure of the traditional parties, observers say there is little chance for newcomers to enter the system, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/11/2019)

IED detonated outside ruling party candidate’s office in Mahottari: The explosion has caused minor damages to the building while there were no human casualties, by Santosh Singh (kp 29/11/2019)

Candidates of major parties are canvassing in swing areas for Dharan by-poll: The Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the Nepali Congress (NC) have intensified their poll activities targeting the swing voters of the landless squatters, by Pradeep Menyangbo (kp 27/11/2019)

There is a blatant disregard for the Election Code of Conduct: Candidates running for office—be it at the local, provincial or federal level—have the responsibility to be true to their words and lead by example (kp 27/11/2019)

Election fervor grips Kaski-2, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 27/11/2019)

Strike nationalism out of election agenda: Dahal, by Tilakram Rimal (ht 26/11/2019)

Nine persons calling for poll boycott arrested: The arrested are cadres of the CP Gajurel-led Deshbhakta Ganatantrik Morcha (ht 26/11/2019)

Candidates in final phase of campaign (ht 26/11/2019)

Kaski-2 by-election: Criteria for building near river changed for votes, by Bharat Koirala (ht 22/11/2019), Tough fight expected between NCP and Congress (ht 23/11/2019)

Election code of conduct violation complaints filed (ht 21/11/2019)

Political parties found violating election code of conduct in Sankhuwasabha: Government vehicles are being used in election publicity campaigns, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 18/11/2019)

Nominations filed for by-election (ht 14/11/2019), 13 candidates register for post of chairman (ht 14/11/2019)

Govt told to take custody of licensed arms: All weapons to be deposited at the nearest police station (ht 13/11/2019)

Parties often prioritise women candidates to cash in on sympathy votes: The fielding of a number of candidates in the upcoming by-elections fits a tendency to award election tickets to women after the demise of their husbands, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/11/2019), A ticket for her: The old practice of fielding wives in their husbands’ former seats continues (kp 13/11/2019)

EC publishes final list of 64 candidates (ht 11/11/2019), EC publishes final list of by-poll candidates (rep 11/11/2019), Sherman withdraws by-election candidacy (ht 11/11/2019), NCP rebel candidate fails to withdraw candidacy for by-polls, by Sangam Gharti Magar (rep 11/11/2019)

All polling stations marked sensitive in Makalu for the upcoming by-election: The by-election is going to be held for the position of chairperson in Makalu Rural Municipality, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 09/11/2019)

Election fever grips Dharan (ht 09/11/2019)

Rastriya Janata Party and Samajbadi Party eye electoral alliance for November 30 polls: The Janata Party will support the Samajbadi Party for three provincial assembly and a federal parliament seat, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/11/2019)

With nominations filed, election fever grips Kaski Constituency-2: NCP, Sajha and Bibeksheel have fielded woman candidates, while Nepali Congress has chosen a long-time party member, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/11/2019), 65 in fray for one HoR, three PA seats (ht 08/11/2019), 70 contesting 4 legislative seats (rep 08/11/2019)

Govt to mobilise army for by-election security (ht 08/11/2019)

Eyes on by-elections (rep 07/11/2019)

Parties scramble to finalise candidates: It appears that none of the major political parties have been able to finalise the list of their candidates (ht 03/11/2019), Choose able persons: Political parties should field candidates who are honest, competent and have maintained a clean image in society in the by-elections (ht 04/11/2019), Battle of narratives as parties settle for by-polls in test of Oli’s popularity (rep 05/11/2019), NC struggles to finalise candidates (ht 06/11/2019), 17 booths, 31 election centres in Panchthar (ht 06/11/2019)

Parties busy discussing whom to field for by-polls (rep 02/11/2019)

Government prepares security plan for by-polls (ht 02/11/2019)

Candidates yet to submit election expenses (ht 31/10/2019) [after 2 years!!]

By-election code: EC must thoroughly check for any criminal background of a person after he/she files nomination for a public post to be elected by the voters (ht 31/10/2019)

NCP Kaski committee picks Bidhya Bhattarai as by-election candidate: Bhattarai is the widow of Rabindra Adhikari, the minister for culture, tourism and civil aviation who died in a helicopter crash in Taplejung on February 27, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 26/10/2019)

With two weeks for nomination deadline, parties just start discussions on candidates for the by-election: One federal seat and three provincial assembly seats will be up for grabs during the November 30 polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/10/2019)

Sajha Party announces its candidate for Kaski by-election: Nepal Communist Party and Nepali Congress struggling to pick party candidate, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 24/10/2019)

52 poll officers appointed (rep 22/10/2019)

EC publishes by-elections schedule (ht 19/10/2019)

Over 20,000 new voters eligible to cast vote in by-elections (ht 17/10/2019)

Ruling Nepal Communist Party stares at tough by-election: Government’s poor show and controversies surrounding some leaders could affect performance during polls, analysts say, by Thika R. Pradhan (kp 14/10/2019)

By-elections And Expenditure, by Mukti Rijal (rn 05/09/2019)

EC urges political parties to register for upcoming by-elections (rep 03/09/2019)

NCP, NC intensify search for candidate for Kaski-2 by-elections: PM Oli urges Bamdev Gautam, a party veteran, to contest by-elections from Kaski-2 (rep 04/08/2019)  [There can never be enough male Bahuns in parliament to represent their meagre 6 per cent castemates! Long live non-inclusive Bahunvad!]

Nov 30 fixed for all by-polls (rep 03/08/2019)

Debate on external voting rages on, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/07/2019), Ensure absentee vote: As ordered by the apex court, Parliament has to pass law allowing Nepali expats to vote in the three tiers of elections (ht 24/07/2019)

Students risking their lives for higher education, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 05/07/2019)

EC begins work on by-elections (rep 05/07/2019)

Chitwan court finds Maoist activists guilty of tearing ballot papersat local poll: Next hearing to hand down punishment, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 14/06/2019), Court convicts 2 Maoists for tearing up ballots in Chitwan, by Sabita Shrestha (rep 15/06/2019), Court yet to pronounce sentence for Bharatpur vote vandals, by Sabita Shrestha (rep 21/06/2019), Maoist activists-duo fined with Rs 100,000 each for tearing up ballot paper (rep 02/07/2019)

PHC confirms Thapaliya as CEC (ht 18/04/2019)

CEC nomination draws flak from civil society (ht 07/04/2019)

Voting for change: An integrated electoral system will not only limit electioneering costs but also make the representatives responsible to their voters, by Birendra P Mishra (kp 07/04/2019)

Elections in Nepal: Mixed system needed, by Birendra P Mishra (ht 05/04/2019)

Review electoral system for good governance, says CIAA chief (ht 03/04/2019)

Hearing of CEC candidate deferred at NC’s request (kp 01/04/2019)

Empower EC: The EC should be given the powers to set the dates for the elections so as to make the body both autonomous and powerful (ht 27/03/2019)

Election Commission without chief as CEC Yadav retires (rep 25/03/2019), Thapaliya recommended for the position of chief election commissioner, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/03/2019)

SAC tells govt to conduct by-elections by mid-May (rep 20/12/2018)

Party name dispute: Apex court serves show cause to NCP, poll body, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/12/2018)

A check for change: Why do we need reform in election laws?, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp 02/12/2018)

Elections and disability: Disabled communities in Nepal are disenfranchised before, during, and after elections, by Gianna Francesca M Catolico (rep 18/11/2018)

By-polls uncertain due to govt delay in clearing legal hurdles: 28 seats in local and provincial constituencies are vacant (rep 17/11/2018)

General elections 2017: Parties flagrantly violated code of conduct: Report (ht 17/11/2018)

Candidates yet to submit details of poll expenses (ht 02/11/2018)

EC seeks funds to study external voting, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 28/10/2018)

Poll body to make a call on parties’ name dispute: The Election Commission is likely to make a call on the matter in its meeting on Thursday, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 25/10/2018) [The ruling party does not have the right on its side just because it is the stronger party! Its recognition under the name NCP by the Election Commission in May 2018 was not understandable!], EC fails to resolve party name row: Members of both parties failed to arrive at a mutual understanding on the issue (kp 26/10/2018), Ruling communist party gets its contested name: Poll body quashes Kattel’s petition claiming the Nepal Communist Party name along with the acronyms (kp 27/10/2018) [??]

96 parties fail to furnish property details: EC (kp 24/10/2018)

Nepalis abroad set to exercise voting right: Court orders facilities for citizens to vote from foreign destinations, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/09/2018), Ensure voting rights for Nepalis living abroad, SC tells government, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/09/2018), Right to vote for Nepalis living abroad (rep 04/09/2018), Enabling Nepalis abroad to vote: ‘Government should start preparations immediately’, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 26/09/2018)

Election a costly affair: Report says most candidates spent beyond EC limit, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/07/2018), Big money: An estimated bill of Rs131 billion shows that electoral spending has increased sharply (kp 18/07/2018)

EC chief asks govt to fix dates for next elections well in advance (ht 28/06/2018)

SC tells poll body to clarify over NCP (kp 18/06/2018)

16 parties yet to submit poll expense details: Expenditure details are required to make parties accountable, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 10/06/2018), Poll expenses: The Election Commission Act and rules have given power to poll body to take legal actions against those who don’t abide by the law (ht 11/06/2018)

Parties to be told to ensure 33pc women representation (ht 09/06/2018) [This is ridiculous after the NCP has been officially recognised with only 16pc women!]

NCP violates Party Registration Act with low representation of women (rep 03/06/2018), EC decides to register NCP, ignoring law (rep 07/06/2018) [Leading parties can do what they want! Obviously, they are above law and constitution!], Move afoot to challenge poll panel’s decision to register NCP (NCP): Proportional representation of women in all organs of the state is crucial to empower women, but more worrisome is the fact that the prime minister and ruling party co-chairpersons are openly defying the legal provisions (ht 08/06/2018), The ruling Nepal Communist Party, among others, break the law to exclude women: They have three months to comply, by Shuchashree Basnyat (The Record 10/06/2018)

EC asks govt to ensure safety of commissioners (kp 24/04/2018)

Quest for identity: Nepal has only one decade of reservation policy but voices of resistance has started to be heard, mainly from dominant community, by Nishnu Think (rep 22/04/2018)

EC to start voter registration from Sunday (ht 13/04/2018)

EC spent millions in donor funds with no audit: OAG report (rep 13/04/2018), OAG report shows rampant financial irregularities in EC (ht 15/04/2018)

EC to release 44 surplus cars (kp 28/03/2018)

EC to review elections (ht 28/03/2018)

SC orders govt to ensure migrants’ right to vote, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 23/03/2018)

EU mission urges EC to maintain transparency (kp 21/03/2018), [see official eu report], Mission against Khas-Aryas’ proportional representation (kp 21/03/2018), EU-EOM report undermines successful holding of election: Government (rep 21/03/2018), Govt rejects EU report on elections: Foreign Ministry says the report not only undermines the recent polls, but also goes against the scope and norms of international election observation (kp 22/03/2018), Stop comments challenging constitution: Govt tells EU (rep 22/03/2018), Uncalled-for report: The Eu election observation mission has gone beyond its mandate to comment on political issues that have already been settled (ht 23/03/2018), EU report totally unacceptable: EC (rep 23/03/2018), Hail to the chiefs, by Om Astha Rai (nt 23/03/2018), Baburam’s U-turn, by Om Astha Rai (nt 23/03/2018), EU mission sticks to advice for EC (kp 24/03/2018), EUEOM claims it fully abided by ToR, MoU (ht 24/03/2018), European Union’s Divisive Mission, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 25/03/2018) [Criticising the EU and favouring the non-inclusive politics of Nepal's male Tagadhari politicians! The EU critics is necessary and justified as long as these politicians continue their non-inclusive practice of selecting candidates for the FPTP system!], PM Oli urges EU to correct its report on election observation (ht) [What kind of election observation shall this be? The EU shall claim that the election has been inclusive and that there have to be additional Tagadhari representatives elected though the PR system even though you and the other parties have predominantly nominated male Tagadhari candidates for the FPTP system?], PM criticises EU poll mission for its report (kp 26/03/2018), EU report smacks of rancour,  says Prime Minister Oli (ht 26/03/2018), EUEOM report is an insult to Nepal's sovereignty: PM (rep 26/03/2018), Long-term returns: Govt is rightly keen to maintain state’s autonomy but must guard against majoritarian overreach (kp 16/03/2018) [Hopefully, the PM and others of the over-represented male Tagadhari leaders have time and are able to read this excellent editorial!], PCN asks EU to retract poll report (kp 26/03/2018) [??????], Lest we ignore: Provisions of positive discrimination are meant to benefit under-represented groups and its very purpose is defeated if an already dominant ethnicity is brought under its ambit, by CK Lal (rep 26/03/2018), UML, Maoists, NC slam EU mission’s poll report: Congress MPs avoid issue in House n RJP-N members say report rightly seeks changes (kp 27/03/2018), What EU wants: Nepal is a home to more than 100 ethnic communities, multiple castes and languages. Why should EU always target Khas Arya?, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep 28/03/2018) [The basic misunderstanding is that the EU did not "direct" Nepal, as the author claims, to exclude Tagadhari castes from the PR system but simply "advised" the state to think about better inclusion of still disadvantaged sections of society in the election system! This has been part of the EU's election observation task because it has to do with the fairness of recent elections. An intervention into the internal affairs of Nepal would have been if the EU had "directed" the parties to stop their outstanding preference of male Tagadharis when nominating FPTP candidates! If the FPTP system becomes inclusive for all sections of society, there would be no reason to exclude any social group from the PR system!], Touching a raw nerve: If we want to brag about being a democracy, we should have the courage to go through this process of review by the EU EOM, by Pramod Mishra (kp 29/03/2018)

Bidari, Khatiwada, Paudyal can’t vote in prez election (ht 11/03/2018)

Nominations for prez race today; Congress CWC meet to pick presidential candidate (kp 07/03/2018)

Two parties submit PA elections expenses: NC spends Rs28.08m and Maoist Centre Rs4.90m, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/03/2018)

Parliament Secretariat told to fix schedule for election of speaker, NA chair (ht 01/03/2018), Prez polls process starts on Monday: EC appoints Senior Judge Til Prasad Shrestha as Election Officer (kp 02/03/2018), Election panel puts Rs400k limit for presidency runners: Election Commission to fine candidates exceeding spending limit, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/03/2018)

Tikapur carnage suspect surrenders: Kailali District Court remands MP-elect Chaudhary in judicial custody, by Arjun Shah (kp 27/02/2018)

Maoist leader moves SC for not getting MP spot (kp 19/02/2018)

EC starts work on presidential election (rep 16/02/2018), Ambiguity over presidential poll date: EC to announce schedule after consulting the government (kp 17/02/2018)

EC submits poll results to Prez (kp 15/02/2018)

EC to hand over election results to President today, by Prithvi Man Shestha (kp 14/02/2018)

EC submits NA election results to president (kp 12/02/2018)

UML finalises PR list: Motilal Dugar becomes MP again (kp 12/02/2018), UML sends 37 women, 4 men to parliament under PR system (rep 12/02/2018), Poll body instructs three parties to correct PR list (kp 13/02/2018)

Basnet, Paudel, Joshi named for 3 National Assembly seats (kp 11/02/2018), Prez to consult legal experts on National Assembly nominees (ht 12/02/2018), Prez okays Khatiwada, Bidari, Poudel for NA (kp 21/02/2018), Fresh NA appointments ‘unconstitutional’: Congress (kp 21/02/2018), Dignity of office: The President chose to sit on the recommendation of Deuba government until a new government under Oli took office (ht 22/02/2018), Deuba govt’s NA nominees move SC (ht 24/02/2018), Apex court stays oath ceremony of 3 NA members (kp 26/02/2018), SC halts oath-taking of 3 upper house members, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 26/02/2018)

EC to present poll results to Prez within Wednesday (rep 11/02/2018)

EC: Presidential election in 3rd week of March, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/02/2018)

SC refuses to halt NA election process (kp 03/02/2018)

10,000 ballot papers printed for NA election (ht 02/02/2018)

CMs through vote if consensus fails: UML; Party leaders stand against the Standing Committee picking CMs, ministers and Speakers from the centre (kp 31/01/2018)

Voting duplex: Single transferable voting system remains unpopular because of large constituencies, complex counting and parochial politics, by Bikal Shrestha (rep 30/01/2018)

Bhusal pulls out of race in favour of Thapa, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/01/2018)

All Province 2 candidates elected to NA (ht 29/01/2018)

Election symbols to be allocated to NA candidates on Monday (rep 28/01/2018), NA candidates get election symbols (kp 30/01/2018)

Make NA voters aware of voting technique, EC staffers told (ht 27/01/2018)

Complaint against UML NA candidate (ht 27/01/2018)

Poll expenditure of losing candidates in Gulmi more than that of winners, by Shiva Lal Subedi (rep 27/01/2018)

Parties ready names, mostly, for National Assembly vote (kp 24/01/2018), EC set to receive nominations for NA election (ht 24/01/2018), 83 file nominations for Upper House polls: With 17 candidates elected unopposed, 66 to contest for 43 seats, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/01/2018), 83 file papers for 56 Upper House seats: Seventeen, including 12 women, to be elected unopposed on January 29, by Arjun Poudel (ht 25/01/2018), Nominations filed for NA polls in all seven provinces: Each province will elect eight members to the National Assembly (ht 25/01/2018), Discontent rife in parties over NA lists, by Roshan S. Nepal (kp 25/01/2018), Naya Shakti, Bibeksheel to back NC pick (kp 25/01/2018), Maoist victim files candidacy for NA, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 25/01/2017), Parties’ Upper House picks dismay watchers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 27/01/2018)

EC publishes voters’ list for NA election (kp 22/01/2018)

National Assembly election: ay to vote: Marking, not stamping (kp 21/01/2018)

EC to mobilise technical teams to facilitate NA vote counting (ht 19/01/2018)

EC declares PR winners for provincial assemblies (kp 18/01/2018), EC names winners of provincial PR seats (rep 18/01/2018), EC makes public name list of PR winners for provincial assemblies (kp 19/01/2018) [list of all elected PR MPs], Wait over as EC gives winners certificates: 172 of the 220 provincial assembly members elected under the PR category are women (kp 20/01/2018)

Trickle-down democracy: EC needs to improve voting procedures so all citizens can vote and electoral outcomes better represent them, by Sanjay Sharma (kp 17/01/2018)

EC proposes four types of ballot papers for NA poll (ht 17/01/2018), Uncertainty clouds counting method (ht 18/01/2018)

EC to discuss NA election with parties today (ht 16/01/2018)

Left alliance expects 43 seats in NA: CPN-UML likely to field 29 candidates, Maoist Centre 14, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 15/01/2018)

Office of election officer for NA polls set up in Province 6 (ht 14/01/2018)

Promotional materials used by parties during elections becoming eyesore (rep 12/01/2018)

EC makes public election calendar for NA polls (kp 11/01/2018)

10 parties register with poll body for Upper House polls (kp 10/01/2018), 21 parties registered for National Assembly vote (kp 13/01/2018)

EC staffers learning about single transferable voting system (ht 09/01/2018)

EC issues election cost details amid questions (kp 08/01/2018), CIAA probing graft charges against poll panel (ht 08/01/2018), EC confirms meeting among constitutional heads (rep 08/01/2018)

Revised list of RJP-N, RPP provincial PR poll winners incorrect: EC (ht 08/01/2018), Provincial Assembly elections: PR candidates of RJP-N to becategorised under one group, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/01/2018)

Election Commission Under Scrutiny?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 07/01/2018)

State representation row: EC writes to RJP-N again for revising candidate list; EC official warns party  of accepting only the  candidates that meet the representation criteria, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/01/2018)

Upper house vote on Feb 7: Displeased at the delayed date, the UML says it will take part in the National Assembly elections  nonetheless (kp 06/01/2018)

EC could seek deal on declaring poll results: Election commissioners say they are under pressure from political parties and their unions to announce poll results (kp 05/01/2018), 1st Provincial Assembly meet A month away (kp 05/01/2018)

105 parties submitted audit details early: EC; EC says the recent elections caused the parties to submit their income and expenditure details in time, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/01/2018)

Representation from Karnali zone dismal (ht 04/01/2018)

Upper House poll slated for Feb 8: Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav suggests the date in a meeting with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in Baluwatar on Tuesday evening, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/01/2018), Left alliance’s pressure on EC irks Congress (kp 03/01/2018), Cumbersome Constitutional Provisions, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 03/01/2018), PR results can’t be announced before Upper House polls: EC (kp 04/01/2018)

An ex-Kamlari, a Dalit widow become state parliamentarians, by Kamal Panthi and Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 03/01/2018)

3 out of 6 parties err on women’s representation (kp 03/01/2018) [including the NC!], Six parties submit corrected list of winning PR candidates (ht 05/01/2018)

Left presses EC to publish poll results soon (kp 02/01/2018), Left alliance pressures EC to announce PR results (ht02/01/2018), 6 parties to resend proportional lists (kp 02/01/2018)

Poll costs faked as spending goes through EC roof: To cloud expenditures past limit, candidates resort to fake reports, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/01/2018), Poll expense details sought from parties (ht 01/01/2018)

Discontent in parties over provincial PR (rep 01/01/2018)

Date for National Assembly election to be announced by January 12: DPM Shrestha, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/12/2017) [???]

Dissecting election results: FPTP votes are basically driven by personality of the candidates, PR votes by party ideology, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 31/12/2017)

Making milestones: The Election Commision must be praised for holding a series of elections at short notice, despite a few controversial decisions, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 31/12/2017)

SC asks EC to furnish ballot papers of Sunsari-3 (ht 30/12/2017)

CEC Yadav's daughter-in-law elected to Province 2 assembly (rep 30/12/2017)

EC opens listing for upper house (kp 29/12/2017), CEC asks prime minister to announce NA poll date (ht 30/12/2017)

UML allots 71 PR seats to female candidates (kp 29/12/2017) [for Provincial Assemblies], NC CWEC meet to finalise provincial PR list today (ht 29/12/2017), Maoist Centre elects four male PR members for state assemblies (kp 30/12/2017), RJP-N decides PR picks for provinces (kp 30/12/2017), Parties submit lists of provincial PR candidates: Only 13 parties have made the cut for provincial PR seats (ht 30/12/2017)

UML draws EC's attention over PR seat allocation delay (rep 29/12/2017), EC in fix over PR seats for lower house (rep 29/12/2017)

NC’s Electoral Debacle, by Mukti Rijal (rn 28/12/2017)

EC finalises allocation of HoR PR seats (ht 28/12/2017)

‘Faulty’ PR candidate lists: Madhesi dalits to move court (kp 26/12/2017), Writ on Madhesi Dalits’ PR seats (kp 27/12/2017)

‘Bamdev’s own modus operandi behind poll loss’, by Kamal Panthi (kp 26/12/2017)

Parliamentary PR poll results in two days (ht 26/12/2017)

SC rejects Chaudhary’s plea to get MP certificate via power of attorney (kp 25/12/2017), SC tells MP Resham Chaudhary to face trial, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 25/12/2017)

EC accepts ‘faulty’ RJP-N PR candidate list, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/12/2017)

20pc proportional votes go to waste, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/12/2017)

EC allots proportional seats of provincial vote: CPN-UML has topped the PR chart by securing a total of 75 seats, followed by  the NC’s 72 and 35 of  the CPN (Maoist Centre), by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/12/2017), Provincial PR seat allocation to parties complete (ht 23/12/2017)

Call for ‘sufficient’ access to election observers: Carter Center says provisions should always be in place to allow poll observers adequate access to ensure  transparency and integrity of elections (kp 23/12/2017), Vote counting generally consistent with international standards: Carter Centre (ht 23/12/2017)

Reduced poll expenses furnished (ht 22/12/2017)

Leftist poll win has little to do with India, China: Experts, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 21/12/2017), Strategy for survival: Nepal’s latest election results do not mean dismay for New Delhi or joy for Beijing, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 22/12/2017)

EC ready to hold NA poll under STV polling system, by Arjun Poudel (ht 20/12/2017), Left to sweep upper house under majority system, a few seats for NC under STV, by Ashok Dahal and Mani Dahal (rep 20/12/2017)

Evaluating NC’s ‘loss’: Judging by the popular votes this time for Nepali Congress, communist victory appears nothing more than an outcome of political match-fixing, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 20/12/2017)

The missing millions: A comparison of census and Election Commission data shows hordes of lost voters, by Sanjay Sharma (kp 19/12/2017)

EC working on PR quota allocation in lower house: Poll authority busy verifying data after receiving related documents from most of the electoral constituencies, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/12/2017)

Post-poll prospects: Hill voters accused Congress of not speaking strongly against the blockade while Madhesis were disenchanted with its inadequate support for statute amendment, by Pramod Jaiswal (rep 19/12/2017)

Election 2017: Surfacing Hopes, by Prem Khatry (rn 19/12/2017)

PR vote count to be completed today: EC (ht 17/12/2017), PR vote count concludes, UML largest party in parliament (ht 17/12/2017), Preliminary results of Nepal’s parliamentary elections of 2017 (with some comparisons to the CA elections of November 2013, by K.-H. Krämer (Nepal Observer 44, 17/12/2017)

EC: Allocation of PR vote seats could take time. by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 17/12/2017)

6,000-odd votes under proportional representation missing in Morang, by Hari Afhikari (ht 17/12/2017)

More than one lakh votes invalid in Saptari (ht 17/12/2017), CPN-MC swept away (ht 17/12/2017) (related to Saptari), RJP-N bags highest number of PR votes (ht 17/12/2017 (related to Saptari)

Proportional representation: A likely scenario: At 8pm on Friday, the UML appeared to get 41 PR seats in the House while the NC could secure 40 seats. Maoists might get 17 seats, the SSF-N and the RJP-N 6 each, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/12/2017)

Investing in inclusion: Constitutionally guaranteed proportional  representation won’t guarantee qualitative change (kp 15/12/2017) [The parties' women discriminating way of nominating candidates for elections is a fundamental crime and a grave violation of the constitution!!], Pro-women (nt 15/12/2017)

Cop-turned-politician Silwal in the dock? Apex court orders action against those involved in forging appraisal documents related to former DIG; After resigning from police force, Silwal joined the  CPN-UML and went on to win a seat in the House of Representatives (kp 15/12/2017) [The connections between politics and crime can never be close enough! This cannot be called rule of law!]

78 % UML, 58 % Maoist candidates won polls, by Ashok Dahal (rep 15/12/2017)

Elections and everyday democracy: Vignettes from election day in Sindhupalchok, by Sangita Thebe-Limbu (nt 15/12/2017)

Temporary police hit the streets (ht 15/12/2017), 12 temporary cops injured in Dolakha clash (ht 19/12/2017) [Working agreements have also to be respected by the state!], Temporary police personnel return home three days earlier: DPO charged with discrepancy in temporary  cops’ ration allowance (ht 20/12/2017)

The Promised Land (nt 15/12/2017), Electoral reform, by Bhojraj Pokharel (nt 15/12/2017)

UML on top as FPTP vote count concludes: Claims 80 House of Representatives and 167 provincial constituencies (kp 14/12/2017), In winner-take-all game, some lost by a whisker, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/12/2017), Gachhadar wins in Sunsari-3 (kp 14/12/2017), No. of directly elected female candidates slumps further: Only six secure seats in House of Representatives under FPTP category in these elections (kp 14/12/2017), Shashank NC’s only rep in House from Province 4, by Lal Prasad Sharma(kp 14/12/2017), 46 candidates lose deposit in Kavre district (ht 14/12/2017), Four cops hurt in election victory rally clash between NC, FSF-N (ht 14/12/2017)

Invalid votes under FPTP system averaged at 5.18 pc: CEC Yadav (kp 14/12/2017), Invalid votes high in Khotang, Palpa and Baglung (rep 14/12/2017), 26,000 votes invalid in Kapilvastu, says EC, by Manoj Poudel (kp 15/12/2017), More than 10pc invalid votes in Parsa (ht 15/12/2017)

Man on the run set to walk into Parliament: Resham Chaudhary wins election from Kailali-1; He is on our wanted list; we will arrest him: Police (kp 13/12/2017) [Question to EC and RJPN: What about article 87 of the constitution??], EC to submit Resham Chaudhary’s certificate to Parliament Secretariat (ht 14/12/2017), SC refuses Chaudhary’s writ petition (kp 16/12/2017)

Observers suggest poll reforms (kp 13/12/2017)

Vote counting resumes in Sunsari Constituency 3 (kp 13/12/2017), Gorkha folk elect Bhattarai ‘for his past works’ (kp 13/12/2017)

Counting of FPTP votes over in 4 days, says EC: Counting of votes in Syangja began  on Sunday midnight (kp 12/12/2017), Vote count halted in Sunsari-3 (kp 12/12/2017), Madhesi alliance dominates Parsa poll results (ht 12/12/2017), RJP-N, FSF-N win eight seats in Saptari (ht 12/12/2017), UML may have to elect allwomen candidates under PR (ht 12/12/2017), Morang records less number of invalid votes in recent polls (ht 12/12/2017), Resolve the row: Considering the urgency, the Election Commission has urged the government to draft a law for the Upper House election (ht 12/12/2017), Results Of Federal And Provincial Elections Of 2017, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 12/12/2017)

Sainte-Laguë formula to decide PR seats (ht 12/12/2017), How PR seats are allocated (kp 13/12/2017)

Old faces dominate tally, by Chandan Kmuar Mandal (kp 12/12/2017)

Elections 2017: Hoping Changes For Better, by Prem Khatry (rn 12/12/2017)

EC presses govt to frame laws for National Assembly elections, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 11/12/2017)

UML leads in popular vote too, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/12/2017), Madhesi parties hold little sway outside Province 2: Most of the seats the SSF-N and the RJP-N are winning are from the eight Tarai districts west of Koshi, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/12/2017), Top NC leaders fail to rescue party, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 11/12/2017) [They are the main reason for the NC defeat!!], Key architects of left alliance: Bamdev, Shrestha suffer loss: UML top leaders, including party Chairman Oli, Khanal, Nembang register convincing wins (kp 11/12/2017) [Shrestha got punished for the Maoists' wicked and arrogant attitude towards BRB!!], Left alliance consolidates its lead (ht 11/12/2017)

New faces cement their place in provincial assembly of Sindhupalchowk, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 11/12/2017)

RPP Chairman Thapa loses in Makawanpur-1 (ht 11/12/2017) [Wonderful! Nepal has finally got rid of him!], Only a few businessmen fare well in elections (ht 11/12/2017)

Forum, Congress trade blows at victory rallies: Clashes break out during victory rallies taken out by the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal and the Nepali Congress in Rautahat on Sunday (kp 11/12/2017)

Left Alliance Heads For Resounding Victory, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 10/12/2017), Left alliance heading for comfortable majority (ht) 10/12/2017, Country on the cusp of taking Left turn: UML-Maoist Centre alliance set for election sweep; The two forces also leading in districts along plains, except Province 2, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 10/12/2017), Some saving grace for NC as it faces biggest electoral setback (kp 10/12/2017), Left alliance claims all Baglung seats, by Prakash Baral (kp 10/12/2017), Dalit elected to provincial assembly (kp 10/12/2017) [At least 10 per cent of the candidates should have been Dalits!!!], 44 ballot papers sans official signatures (kp 10/12/2017), With Mishra’s defeat, Bibeksheel Sajha loses hope for direct win: BSP has fielded candidates in all the kathmandu constituencies but the party seems unlikely to win any FPTP federal house seat, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/12/2017), Rijal secures hard-fought win for Nepali Congress (ht 10/12/2017), NC routed in Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk (ht 10/12/2017), Left alliance emerges dominant force in hilly districts of Province 1 (ht 10/12/2017), CPN-MC wins all seats in Rukum East (ht 10/12/2017)

NC, UML neck to neck in PR vote: NC gets 39,353 PR votes for federal parliament  compared to UML’s 39,260 (kp 10/12/2017)

UML-MC leading in provincial polls also (ht 10/12/2017)

Observation by carter center, EU: ‘Polls were generally well-conducted’ (kp 10/12/2017), Political  freedom  prevailed over violence, says EU (ht 10/12/2017)

Parties urged to remove poll publicity materials (kp 10/12/2017)

Left on track as alliance move proves right: Analysts say UML, Maoist Centre’s rallying cry for ‘prosperity through stability’ worked well while NC failed to win voters’ trust, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/12/2017), Left alliance ahead in most constituencies (ht 09/12/2017), Left alliance takes early lead in Valley, by Chandan Kumaer Mandal (kp 09/12/2017), Chhakka Bahadur pulls off surprise win in Humla: First independent  candidate to make it to federal parliament (kp 09/12/2017), An apple farmer’s sweet success in politics: UML’s Polden Gurung makes it to federal parliament from Manang, by Aash Gurung (kp 09/12/2017), Maoist Centre’s Roka wins in Rukum East, by Hari Gautam (kp 09/12/2017)

An agitated NC mulling over quiet introspection: Senior NC leader Ram Chandra Poudel says the party will discuss the  possible reasons behind poor performance, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 09/12/2017)

Dispute over ferrying of ballots in jeep used by candidate: Rival say ballot boxes were changed in collusion with the local administration and security personnel on way to counting venue (kp 09/12/2017)

Turnout revised up to 69.58pc (kp 09/12/2017)

Found in transition: With polls yesterday, Nepal is on its way to completing political transition that started in 2006 but a lot still remains to be done (kp 08/12/2017), Into a state of uncertain stability: Whoever wins, Nepal will likely be ruled by the same old leaders, by Om Astha Rai (nt 08/12/2017)Challenges ahead: Those in newly elected Parliament must ensure that welfare of people takes precedence over petty party interests, by Shyam KC (kp) [This would mean a total revolution campared to what has happened so far!!], Historic polls conclude with 67pc turnout, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/12/2017), First phase vote count starts: Early results put CPN-UML ahead (kp 08/12/2017), A watershed moment: Successful completion of elections ends long-drawn transition infusing hope of stability, but challenges remain, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 08/12/2017), Election largely peaceful, says government (kp 08/12/2017), Polling by and large peaceful in Valley, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 08/12/2017), CK Raut’s hometown boycotts elections (kp 08/12/2017), Voters share they had no confusion how to cast ballot, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 08/12/2017), Most voters cast their votes within five minutes, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 08/12/2017), Confusion reigns in PR voting as voters lack education, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 08/12/2017), Voters not taught to cast ballot properly, says NRHC (ht 08/12/2017), Enthusiastic participation of youths in elections, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 08/12/2017), Hassle-free voting for elderly, differently abled (ht 08/12/2017), Three don’t get own vote, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 08/12/2017), Election grounds over 350 domestic flights (kp 08/12/2017), Pvt sector upbeat as phase II elections conclude peacefully (ht 08/12/2017), Bullet to ballot: After 21 years of war and wilderness Nepal finally looks to future stability by holding three elections in one year, by Santa Gaha Magar (nt 08/12/2017)

6 injured in Nawalparasi IED explosions (kp 08/12/2018), Election postponed in Arghakhanchi station: Voters vandalise Madhure Basic School polling station after they found ballot papers without election officer’s signature (kp 08/12/2017), Bomb goes off in Purano Naikap (ht 08/12/2017), Blast at NEA facility disrupts power supply (ht 08/12/2017)

So close yet so far: As important as today’s polls are, very little has been done on post-poll federal project (kp 07/12/2017) [!!!]

45 districts go to polls today, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/12/2017), 45 districts go to polls today: 12,235,993 voters to elect 128 parliamentary FPTP candidates, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Over 200,000 security forces for today’s polls, by Manish Gautam (kp 07/12/2017), Vote count set to start this evening: Security stepped up around counting centres (kp 07/12/2017), Official Ids valid for voting: EC (kp 07/12/2017), Three injured as left alliance, SSF-N supporters clash (kp 07/12/2017)

EC to fast-track vote counting: Hopes to announce results within eight days (kp 06/12/2017), FPTP poll results by December 11, claims poll panel Results of PR elections by Dec 15 (ht 06/12/2017), FPTP results within four days: EC (rep 06/12/2017)

Dialectics of dictatorship: Peoples’ real agenda for elections are overshadowed by the exchange of high-voltage allegations, by Achyut Wagle (kp 06/12/2017)

40,000 deployed for vote security, by Thakur Singh Tharu and Manoj Paudel (kp 06/12/2017), Focus on safety of people, poll materials: Security tightened around polling booths and stations in 45 districts where the second phase of elections takes place on Thursday (kp 06/12/2017), Police struggle to identify source of explosives, by Manish Gautam (kp 06/12/2017), Incidents of blast continue (kp 06/12/2017), Where is the security? NC leader Gagan Thapa escaped a deadly attack but Deuba govt needs to do more (kp 06/12/2017), Security stepped up ahead of phase II polls (ht 06/12/2017) [??], AI concerned about increasing violence (ht 06/12/2017)

NC’s Thapa among 11 injured in blast: First explosion in Capital targeting campaign three days ahead of polls, by Manish Gautam (kp 05/12/2017), Blasts targeting candidates continue unabated: IED goes off near a hotel in Dhangadi where PM Deuba was staying (kp 05/12/2017), Bomb blasts continue: MoHA reiterates commitment to holding peaceful elections, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 05/12/2017), ‘Lack of designated home minister affecting security’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 05/12/2017), Security tops agenda for poll observers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/12/2017), Frequent blasts have challenged poll security, says NHRC (ht 05/12/2017), Cowardly act: The government must tell the public why the security agencies have not been able to control such violence (ht 05/12/2017), Security heightened for Thursday’s vote. by Aman Koirala (kp 05/12/2017), Extra funds sought for ferrying ballot boxes (kp 05/12/2017), Daily wagers being paid to trigger blasts, claim Nepal Police, by Rewati Sapkota and Tilak Rimal (kp 05/12/2017)

Bajura women not free to exercise voting rights, by Prakash Singh (ht 05/12/2017)

Silence period on (ht 05/12/2017), No voter education in rural areas of Saptari (ht 05/12/2017), Dom voters want candidates to improve their living condition, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Hari Adhikari (ht 05/12/2017), Empty stomachs matter more than elections for Majhis, by Chhabi Lal Tiwari (rep 05/12/2017)

602 contesting elections for 63 seats in Province 1 (ht 05/12/2017)

‘80pc vehicles booked for taking voters home’: According to transport entrepreneurs, there are  only 20 percent vehicles for passengers to choose a ride on until today, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/12/2017), Growing chill troubles poll officials, by Biplav Bhattarai and Chandra Karki (kp 05/12/2017), Poll deployments hit essential services, by Kamal Panthi (kp 05/12/2017)

17 votes cast in the name of deceased (kp 05/12/2017)

Security agencies intensify patrol: Detain 284 people with guns, explosive devices (kp 04/12/2017), Peaceful election: Govt should do all it can to stop security threats so that people can vote without fear (kp 04/12/2017)

Poll body: ‘Election quiz’ also has questions on CPN-UML (kp 04/12/2017), EC confident of secure elections: Says preparations for Thursday’s voting complete (kp 04/12/2017), Yadav confident about poll security: Chief election commissioner asks voters to cast votes without any fear (ht 04/12/2017), Poll candidates face an uphill struggle to win over disillusioned voters in Kathmandu-2 (ht 04/12/2017), Poll candidates yet to reach Dalit settlement in Siraha district: Party cadres will reach the settlement with alcohol and meat a day before polls (ht 04/12/2017) [???], Female voters to decide fate of candidates: On Friday alone, around 55 men of Mangalsain left for India for employment (ht 04/12/2017), Election code violated in Saptari (ht 04/12/2017), Top leaders in tough poll battles (rep 04/12/2017), Tired of tall promises, voters avoid campaigners, by Tekendra Basyal (rep 04/12/2017), Young candidate to give tough fight to seasoned ones in Lalitpur, by Pooja Chauhan (rep 04/12/2017)

EC’s poll code limited to papers only? No action taken against anyone except a few warnings here and there: Election observers say the poll authority on almost all occasions has turned  a blind eye to poll code  violation (kp 03/12/2017) [Only foreign election observers are punished severely for doing their job!!]

EC working to publish results within week; Official: Election Commission preparing to relay vote counting updates more frequently (kp 03/12/2017) [It would be better for many reasons if only preliminary final results are published for each constituency! The continued publishing of intermediate results is confusing and provokes militant actions!]

Caste equationslikely to playcrucial role in Dhanusha, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Brij Kumar Yadav (ht 03/12/2017)

Case filed demanding re-poll, by Keshav Adhikari (ht 03/12/2017)

Appearance and Reality: During election campaigns, candidates display ostensible acts of kindness and desire to serve, by Prawash Gautam (kp 03/12/2017), Triangular contest in Mahottari-3, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/12/2017), Nidhi, Mahato brace for close contest in Dhanusha-3 (ht 03/12/2017), Amendment dominates three-way poll race in Province 2 (rep 03/12/2017), Will Karki be able to protect the legacy of Koirala's?, by Amar Khadka (rep 03/12/2017), Rebel candidates pose challenge to left alliance in Salyan, by Devendra Basnet (rep 03/12/2017)

Rain likely to play spoilsport with phase II polls (ht 03/12/2017)

‘Decisive’ Gurkhas don’t count much, by Lila Ballav Ghimire and Pradeep Menyangbo (kp 03/12/2017)

Blasts continue in various districts (kp 03/12/2017), Army enhances presence to curb anti-poll actions: NA officials say resurgence of violent activities has prompted them to ‘play  a more active role’  in maintaining law and order during the elections (kp 03/12/2017), APF, Indian SSB start joint border patrol (kp 03/12/2017), Security situation ‘normal’ in Tarai districts, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 03/12/2017)

Home but not dry: The two-phase elections will conclude this week, but the federal journey has just begun, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 02/12/2017)

Parties giving voters free ride home, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/12/2017), ‘Madhesi parties will best serve our interest, so we’ll vote for them’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/12/2017), ‘Parties flouting poll code of conduct’ (ht 02/12/2017), Congress, left alliance candidates in close contest in Tanahun (ht 02/12/2017), Election code violation rampant in Chitwan, by Rewati Sapkota and Tilak Rimal (ht 02/12/2017), Triangular contest in Saptari district (ht 02/12/2017)

Re-election sees lower voter turnout: At one centre, voter turnout was 42.46 pc on Friday, down from 65.34 pc earlier, by Hari Gautam (kp 02/12/2017)

EC instructs agencies to step up security (kp 01/12/2017), Four injured in Itahari blast, by Bedraj Poudel (kp 01/12/2017), ‘Chand-led CPN grave threat to security’ (ht 01/12/2017), Blast in Capital hours after security meet, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/12/2017), One killed, five dozen hurt in violence over two weeks (kp 02/12/2017), EC urges parties to aid security (kp 02/12/2017)

Oli denies ‘match fixing’ with Sitaula: UML chair reiterates that his party was committed to supporting Rastriya Prajatantra Party’s Rajendra Lingden in the constituency as announced earlier (kp 01/12/2017) [???], Aggressive campaigning by parties leaves voters in a fix, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 01/12/2017), EC Commissioner Shah inspects poll campaign (ht 01/12/2017), Contestants wooing indigenous Tharu community voters (ht 01/12/2017), Jha calls on voters to elect Madhesi alliance candidates (ht 01/12/2017), Statute amendment top agenda for FSF-N, RJP-N (ht 01/12/2017), Last lavish lap: As Election Day draws closer, candidates are trying to outdo each other in wooing swing voters, and win power (nt 01/12/2017), Voters' vow: Neither bullets nor cynicism will deter people from delivering their political verdict, by Om Astha Rai (nt 01/12/2017), Political theories versus reality: Ongoing elections mark the dawn of federalism but candidates believe power will rest in Kathmandu, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 01/12/2017), Performance vs promises (nt 01/12/2017), Mahantha Thakur's prospects uncertain in Mahottari, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 01/12/2017), Our election circus, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 01/12/2017), Putting NC Marginal Candidates At Risk, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 01/12/2017)

Voter turnout decreases in Nuwakot, by Bhagawati Lama (rep 01/12/2017)

CEC's daughter-in-law in Maoist PR list (rep 01/12/2017)

Temporary cop injured in Dang explosion dies: 1st casualty of anti-poll activities, by Durga Lal KC (kp 30/11/2017), NC candidate among seven hurt in Udaypur IED blast, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 30/11/2017), NHRC condemns rising incidents of bomb attack (kp 30/11/2017), EC seeks security stratagy for second phase polls (kp 30/11/2017), How to save the election: Premier Deuba has failed to demonstrate strong  commitment to security for historic elections (kp 30/11/2017)

Horsing around: Insincerity and false promises has become a staple of Nepali politics now, rendering vote swings highly probable, by Deepak Thapa (kp 30/11/2017), First-Phase Federal And Provincial Elections, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 30/11/2017)

Re-polling at two centres in Rukum (West) tomorrow, by Hari Gautam (kp 30/11/2017), All ballot boxes secured at district headquarters (kp 30/11/2017)

NC sends central reps to 45 districts (kp 29/11/2017), Left alliance reverts focus to door-to-door campaign (kp 29/11/2017), Party’s poll drive in line with EC rules, says UML: The EC had directed the UML to come clean within 24 hours over the publica-tion of ads in broadsheet dailies appealing for votes (kp 30/11/2017), RPP’s Bohara accused of poll code violation (kp 30/11/2017)

Proxy voting blamed for highest turnout, by Arjun Shah (kp 29/11/2017), Low participation in Dhading (kp 29/11/2017)

Water, land titles among voters’ concern (kp 29/11/2017), Work comes first for labourers, not election, by Shiva Puri (kp 29/11/2017)

Kanda ballots reach Bajhang HQ, finally (kp 29/11/2017)

Govt plans to deploy 60,000 security forces in 8 districts, by Manish Gautam (kp 29/11/2017)

IED blast in Tulsipur leaves nine injured, by Durga Lal KC (kp 29/11/2017)

After polls, ballot box safety major concern: Political parties in Sindhupalchok install close-circuit television cameras (kp 28/11/2017), Ballots from 40 polling stations to be airlifted, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 28/11/2017), EC warns against opinion polls, survey (kp 28/11/2017) [??], Party representatives dispute over boarding chopper: Helicopter returns without carrying ballot boxes (kp 28/11/2017), Chopper returns without ballot boxes from Kanda: Row over who will board copter (ht 28/11/2017), Migration, terror blamed for low voter turnout, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/11/2017), IEDs detonated targetting ballot boxes (kp 28/11/2017)

No violence please: Use of guns and explosives to dirupt electoral environment can have long-term implications on national security, by Binoj Basnyat (kp 28/11/2017)

Shivpujan Ray Yadav’s nomination annulled (ht 28/11/2017), Yadav to move court against EC for revoking his candidacy: Left bloc candidate ousted from race for corruption (kp 28/11/2017), SC seeks cause of Yadav’s ouster from race (kp 06/12/2017), SC upholds EC move of revoking Shiva Pujan Yadav’s candidacy (kp 07/12/2017)

Congress courts Madhesi, fringe forces to contain left: There is a ‘tentative agreement’ that the two sides  should forge alliance in the constituencies where  the prospects of the left alliance winning are high (kp 28/11/2017), Old foes back in race after 23 years, by Pratap Bista (kp 28/11/2017), Unfounded fears: Portrayal of the left alliance as a potential threat to democracy is nothing more than political propaganda, by Lalbabu Yadav (kp 28/11/2017)

Vote in 32 districts a success, says EC; Former chief election commissioner Uprety: More than 65 percent turnout satisfactory against the odds (kp 27/11/2017), CEC Yadav hails effective security, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/11/2017), 2 dozen hurt in clashes, repolling at two centres (kp 27/11/2017), Peaceful polls (ht 27/11/2017), Women voters turn out ‘in force’, by Manoj Badu (kp 27/11/2017), Observers urge EC to focus on better voter education (kp 27/11/2017), Despite concerns, over 60 percent vote in Province 6 (kp 27/11/2017), Tingla folk boycott polls yet again (kp 27/11/2017), All that is free and fair: The first phase of elections has gone well despite deep apprehension (kp 27/11/2017), Thirty per cent votes cast in Thawang: This is remarkable, considering no vote was cast in 2013 CA election, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 27/11/2017)

There is no transparency on political parties’ election spending, interview with Shree Hari Aryal (kp 27/11/2017)

Snowfall in high-altitude regions (kp 26/11/2017), EC urges all to exercise franchise without fear, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/11/2017), Reliable security measures in place: Ministry (kp 26/11/2017), Robust security in place for elections, says  home ministry (ht 26/11/2017), Explosion at polling centre creates panic (ht), Media warned against ‘code violation’ (kp 26/11/2017), Prithvi Highway shut for 17 hours (kp 26/11/2017) [??], It’s a six-hour trek to polling centre, but voters undaunted, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 26/11/2017)

Few candidates reach Shikaribas, by ShankarAcharya (kp 26/11/2017), A look at some top battles (kp 26/11/2017)

Badi voters seek guarantee of permanent settlement, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 25/11/2017), Musahar community  neglected by candidates in Bara, by Pushpa Raj Khatiwada (ht 25/11/2017)

EC bars two EU observers from poll monitoring (kp 25/11/2017) [As a consequence, all poliiticians and parties that have violated the election code of conduct should be bared from elections??], ‘Government has violated election code’: Govt allegedly distributed a huge sum of money to  cadres of ruling parties (ht 25/11/2017) [This must be checked by international election observation teams as well if the election observation shall make any sense!!], EC helpless against poll code violators: Observers: Lack of effective voter education programme is another concern raised, by Tika R. Prahan (kp 25/11/2017, Parties clash in different districts ahead of polls (kp 25/11/2017), CEC appeals to all sides to respect silent period (kp 25/11/2017), EC asks RPP boss to clarify (kp 25/11/2017), Blasts continue, explosive devices defused (kp 25/11/2017), Attacks on cadres condemned (ht 25/11/2017), Pedestrian injured in explosion (ht 25/11/2017), Two arrested forinvolvement in anti-poll activities (ht 25/11/2017) [Peaceful activists are arrested, but the militants are allowed to run free!]

People can vote with old ID cards: EC: The election body started issuing voter ID cards  from the polling centres  in 32 districts on Friday (kp 25/11/2017)

NC fields highest number of candidates (ht 25/11/2017)

64,020 NA personnel deployed for poll security (ht 25/11/2017)

Election watch: Free and fair poll observation is  important exercise in a democracy (kp 24/11/2017)

Power centre: Electing the Parliament and state assemblies does not necessarily ensure the kind of decentralisation that Nepalis have long needed, by Om Astha Rai (nt 24/11/2017), Key to the future: Leaders and activists interested in shaping Nepal’s future should focus on shaping up the elections, by Dinkar Nepal (nt 24/11/2017)

MoHA orders arrest of top CPN leaders: Anti-poll activities continue despite govt’s ‘improved security’ claims (kp 24/11/2017), Anti-poll activities continue, election officials attacked (kp 24/11/2017), Rally ban in fear of clash (kp 24/11/2017)

Back to district for elections, by Aash Gurung (kp 24/11/2017), Poll officials find it hard to reach villages: It takes three days on  foot to reach Junichande  and Barekot rural  municipalities from the  district headquarters (kp 24/11/2017), Livelihood concerns Rajapur locals more than elections, by Kamal Panthi (kp 24/11/2017)

Election economics: Campaign spending pumps cash into the economy and stimulates short-term growth, by Shiv Raj Bhatt (kp 24/11/2017)

EC rejects govt request to transfer officials (kp 24/11/2017), Election Commission cancels transfer of three CDOs, three others (kp 24/11/2017)

Silence period for Sunday’s vote begins: 300-metre periphery of the polling centre to be cleared of publicity materials (kp 24/11/2017)

‘Illiterate women voters of Bajhang at risk of manipulation’, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 23/11/2017), When radio is king: Battle for hearts, minds and ears as elections near (kp 23/11/2017), Voters’ confusion (ht 23/11/2017)

Scores of CPN activists arrested in the run-up to upcoming polls (kp 23/11/2017), MoHA: Tight security in place for Sunday polls, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 23/11/2017)

Fighting alienation: During elections, rational voting has to flourish and negative elements should not be allowed to outweigh positive ones, by Sajal Mani Dhital (kp 23/11/2017)

Code violations go unchecked (kp 23/11/2017), Phase I poll campaigning ends tonight (ht 23/11/2017)

EU reps violate election code in Kanchanpur, by Chitranga Thapa (kp 23/11/2017), EC urged to bar EU poll observers from Kanchanpur, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 23/11/2017), CEC hardens position on int’l poll observers: Says there’s no need for missions, monitors to certify elections of Nepal (kp 23/11/2017) [????]

Govt to file cases against anti-poll elements in court, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 22/11/2017), CEC asks govt to ensure security for voters (ht 22/11/2017), SC calls parties, EC to discuss 33 pc women candidates, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/11/2017) [Why only 4 days ahead of the first election day?], 319 PR candidates in closed list in Province 4 (ht 22/11/2017), Most voting centres sensitive (ht 22/11/2017)

Karnali region: Candidates quiet about perennial food shortage, underdevelopment, by Janak Nepal and Prakash Adhikari (kp 22/11/2017), Rural Palpa don’t know how to vote; poll body to send educators soon, by Madhav Aryal (kp 22/11/2017), Ignorant voters in a remote Panchthar village in dire need of voting lessons, by Roshan S. Nepal and Laxmi Gautam (ht 22/11/2017), Muslim voters confused (ht 22/11/2017)

Provincial assembly candidates overshadowed in campaigns (ht 22/11/2017)

CPN-MC to wind up campaign in Chunwang: Security beefed up, separate campaign route fixed for NC to avoid clash, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 22/11/2017)

Four CDOs transferred (kp 22/11/2011)

Deuba tells forces to act tough: Pledges security agencies resources and support to curbing activities that threaten peaceful elections, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 21/11/2017), Security measures upped around election offices, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/11/2017), Candidate’s vehicle torched, IEDs found in several places (kp 21/11/2017)

Border voters demand more police in their towns and villages, by Madhav Ghimire and Binod Bhandari (kp 21/11/2017), Rukum West contestants set precedent for campaigning: Incurring minimal expenditure to spread their message without violating poll code of conduct, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 21/11/2017), Congress, Madhes parties under urge to seek poll alliance to take on left, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 21/11/2017), Langtang: Where election candidates never go, by Him Nath Devkota (rep 21/11/2017), New candidates put up fight against 'heavyweights' in Sunsari (rep 21/11/2017), Underprivileged Dom community unfazed by elections, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 21/11/2017), Parties found breaching election code as authority turns blind eye, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 21/11/2017)

Talking through their hat: Many of the health care promises in the election manifestos are absurd and undoable, by Nirmal Kandel (kp 21/11/2017)

Printing of ballot papers completed: EC (kp 21/11/2017), Poll panel prints over 57 million ballot papers (ht 21/11/2017)

Final list of PR candidates: Women account for 55pc of total PR candidates; After EC disqualifies 253, total number comes down to 5,838 (kp 20/11/2017)

Phials of blood: How would the Madhesi activists who agitated for constitutional change vote in a poll being held to ensure the inviolability of the same statute?, by CK Lal (rep 20/11/2017)

Nepal needs the PR electoral system until we achieve inclusiveness that renders PR unnecessary, interview with BhojraJ Pokharel (kp 20/11/2017)

Army to step up poll security measures: Says it will conduct land and aerial patrols as violent acts go unabated, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 20/11/2017)

Left alliance to carry on with its campaign: Maoist Chairman  Dahal was in Jhapa when his son Prakash breathed his last on Sunday morning, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 20/11/2017)

Despite higher population size women voters are less than men (kp 19/11/2017)

New direction: In these elections, for the first time in the country’s history, development agenda tops, by Prawash Gautam (kp 19/11/2017)

Voter education materials looted (kp 19/11/2017)

Candidates fund themselves for campaigns, mostly, by Biinod Ghimire and Sanjeev Giri (kp 19/11/2017)

NC, Maoist Centre leaders attacked: Blast targeted at Mahat injures six in Nuwakot (kp 18/11/2017), EC says it is serious about candidates’ security (kp 18/11/20187), Attacks on leaders continue unchecked:  IED hurled at NC leader Ram Chandra Poudel’s vehicle in Tanahun n Explosion near left alliance programme venue in Rautahat (kp 19/11/2017), MoHA says ‘attention drawn to assaults': Yet to release information on who are behind blasts (kp 19/11/2017)

188 types of poll signs on ballots (kp 18/11/2017)

From the margins: While there are sparse Muslim settlements in the hilly regions of far western Nepal, they receive little to no attention from government agencies, and political candidates vying for office, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 18/11/2017)

Elections becoming ‘unnaturally expensive’: Study says Rs 5,000 spent per voter during local polls, by Prithvi Shrestha and Binod Ghimire (kp 18/11/2017), Follow the money! Our political parties never tell the EC, or the people, where they get their funds from and it seems that the EC does not have the courage to take any action, by Guffadi (kp 18/11/2017)

Incidents of attack on leaders stoke concern: IED blasts targeting candidates, poll campaigns continue unabated; Police say they have upped vigilance, arrested over 150 in two weeks (kp 17/11/2017), 5 NCP cadres arrested (kp 17/11/2017)

Youths ‘least bothered’ about voting (kp 17/11/2017), Nudges for betterment: Political parties contesting achievable goals, accompanied by an aware voter base, would set Nepal in the right direction, by Jaya Jung Mahat (kp 17/11/2017)

Kailali-5 contest: A test of Arzu’s popularity, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 17/11/2017), Changing face of election campaign: Political parties, leaders turn to social, digital media to reach voters, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 17/11/2017), Alliance politics: Foes turn friends in West Rukum: UML’s Sher Bahadur KC supporting Maoist Centre’s Janardan Sharma who defeated him in 2008 CA polls, by Durga lal KC and Hari Gautam (kp 17/11/2017)

EC ‘concerned’ about ‘secret financial dealings’: CEC Yadav seeks support from all sectors to curb such activities (kp 16/11/2017), ‘Whither development, whither employment? Candidates face tough questions while canvassing, by Madhav Ghimire’ (kp 16/11/2017), Volunteers take voter education to rice, cardamom plantations (kp 16/11/2017)

Blind people call for secret voting rights (kp 16/11/2017), It takes 8 hours for Siddara locals to vote!, by Birendra KC (kp 16/11/2017), Rural voters unaware of polls, by Purna BK (kp 16/11/2017)

Deuba courts Nepalgunj Mayor Rana to boost NC-led alliance (kp 16/11/2017), Unsecure: Govt, security agencies need to be vigilant to curb attacks on election candidates (kp 16/11/2017)

Women voters outnumber men in 3 states, 39 districts (kp 15/11/2017), Tales of the far west: The focus is on marginalised groups as they contain a large number of swing voters, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 15/11/2017)

Blasts targeting candidates cause for concern, say poll observers (kp 15/11/2017), NHRC to probe attacks on candidates (kp 15/11/2017), UML criticises government over attacks on left candidates (kp 15/11/2017), Carter Center launches int’l poll observation (kp 15/11/2017), Use of kids in campaigns raises concerns (kp 15/11/2017), 22 NCP cadres arrested in Province 4 (kp 15/11/2017)

Keen contest in Ktm-5 as heavyweights clash, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 15/11/2017), Poll fight gets tough, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 15/11/2017), Koirala, Pandit frontrunners in Morang-6 (kp 15/11/2017)

Money, muscle and politics: Corrupt politicians should be voted out of office, but this does not happen in Nepal, by Bigyan Prasai (kp 14/11/2017)

Poll costs to exceed Rs 20b (kp 14/11/2017)

SSF-N manifesto targets ‘identity’ supporters, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 14/11/2017), Poll campaigns losing frills in Province 1 (kp 14/11/2017), Dodhara-Chandani asks for jobs, development projects, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 14/11/2017), Billionaire Chaudhary joins NC’s Koirala in election rally, by Narayan Sharma (kp 14/11/2017)

Banda hits life in Rolpa (kp 14/11/2017), Chitwan makes special  security  arrangement, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 14/11/2017)

Voters of remote Shyamrang want deliverance from endemic poverty, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 13/11/2017)

Only sound and fury, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 13/11/2017)

Challenges galore for 5-time MP, 4-time PM Deuba, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Mohan Budhair (kp 13/11/2017), Oli’s rival Adhikari urges voters to choose young and dynamic leaders, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 13/11/2017), Toss-up between NC and left alliance in Kailali-4, by DR Panta (kp 13/11/2017)

Unidentified group fires at Pun’s team, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 13/11/2017), EC: Security upped for candidates (kp 13/11/2017)

‘70pc votes cast for ward member in local polls invalid’ (kp 12/11/2017)

No enforcement: Flouting election Codes of Conduct will have a multiplier effect on the level of corruption, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp 12/11/2017)

Thapa fights to retain repute, Bhattarai makes fresh foray, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 12/11/20177), Supporters see Rawal as future PM, UML boss: Opponents charge him with doing little for the district, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Menuka Dhungana (kp 12/11/2017), Reopening of Tatopani border main agenda: Incumbent and former information ministers in the fray, by Anish Tiwari (kp 12/11/2017), Flood victims’ request to candidates: Build our houses: Say they will vote for those who can address the flooding problem, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 12/11/2017)

Cache of explosive materials seized, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 12/11/2017)

18-40 age group makes up over half of voters, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/11/2017)

Back to the basics: While manifestos pledge railways, rapid development, and foreign investment; voters want political actors to stick to the basics, by Sanjeev Giri (kp11/11/2017), Putting people first: While infrastructural development has brought much-welcome changes, social development is the need of the hour, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 11/11/2017), Fake manifestos: Our political parties should stop wasting money publishing  hawa-daari manifestos and littering our streets, by Guffadi (kp 11/11/2017)

Bibeksheel Sajha manifesto out with focus on prosperity (kp 11/11/2017), Dipayal as state capital major agenda in Doti: Dipayal was the headquarters of the far-western region before the country adopted federalism, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 11/11/2017)

IEDs hurled at election motorcade of Sharma (kp 11/11/2017), 2 injured as NC, left bloc activists clash in Solu, by Kumbharaj Rai (kp 11/11/2017)

8 women in the fray in Dang (kp 10/11/2017), No female Muslim FPTP candidate in Province 1, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp 10/11/2017), Poll campaigns yet to reach Chepang settlement (kp 10/11/2017)

More women in campaigns as most of men are abroad, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 10/11/2017) (related to Dolakha), Mechi Pari locals feel snubbed by leaders: Say elections hardly matter to them; All they want is basic facilities, by Sanjeev Giri and Parbat Portel (kp 10/11/2017)

Voters ‘unaware’ of duties of centre and state govts: Experts say political parties and leaders should have done enough homework to make voters understand powers and responsibilities of central and provincial governments, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/11/2017)

Why vote? I will never endorse anyone blindly; my endorsement will depend on past records and personal demeanour, by Pramod Mishra (kp 09/11/2017), Numbers are not enough: It will not do much good if women elected to power are not committed to the cause, by Tara Kanel (kp 09/11/2017)

SC ruling ‘forced’ EC to buy additional 100 tons of paper (kp 09/11/2017)

Security situation in Province 2 discussed (kp 09/11/2017)

Parties stress on pollution control, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 09/11/2017)

Gender discriminatory practices not on parties’ vote agenda, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 08/11/2017)

Villages where no one goes to ask for votes, by DR Panta (kp 08/11/2017), Darchula, East Rukum voters at a loss, by Manoj Badu and Hari Gautam (kp 08/11/2017)

Money for nothing: When elections become race for patronage rather than principles they are bound to be expensive (kp 08/11/2017)

EC to see if poll duty officials can vote (kp 08/11/2017), 300 polling centres ‘highly sensitive’, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 08/11/2017), Poll materials dispatched to 28 districts: EC (kp 08/11/2017), Pistol found on bike used by MC candidate (kp 08/11/2017)

EU launches poll observation mission (kp 08/11/2017)

An octogenarian’s fixation with running against Deuba: Karna Singh Rawal has been contesting against NC chief since 1999, by Mohan Budhair (kp 08/11/2017), Left alliance commits to stability, prosperity: UML-Maoist manifesto silent on stated goal of replacing form of governance with directly elected president, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/11/2017), RPP ‘firm on Hindu state, monarchy’ (kp 08/11/2017)

Voters, leaders in eastern hills stress connectivity with China: Say road networks to north could change the face of entire region, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 07/11/2017)

Seats up but claimants fewer than in CA vote, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/11/2017), Seat-sharing with UML: Maoists fear absence of FPTP candidates may hit PR votes, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/11/20187)

Candidates’ total expenditure set to exceed Rs 10 billion (kp 07/11/2017)

Youth look for those with development agenda, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 06/11/2017), Dalits hold the key, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 06/11/2017)

PM calls for effective voter education drive: Asks EC to ensure greater participation of people; Records at the poll  authority show that  the percentage of void votes was 12.5 percent in local elections (kp 06/11/2017), The EC constantly shifts positions and buckles under pressure, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety (kp 06/11/2017)

Congress to throw weight behind Thakur: Withdraws candidacy of its leader Bajranga Nepali in Mahottari-3, by Rabindra Upreti (kp 06/11/2017), 4,482 in the fray for Phase II:EC distributes election symbols n Says parties can start poll campaigns from today (kp 06/11/2017), In Morang-6, Koirala, Pandit set for tough fight, by Madhav Ghimire (kp 06/11/2017), SSF-N, RJP-N snub principle of inclusion: FPTP list for federal polls does not have even one woman (kp 11/11/2017), (Un)easy alliances: Elections are weeks away; left and NC-led  alliances have different political characteristics (kp 06/11/2017)

No women candidates in Province 6 for FPTP vote, by Janak Nepal (kp 05/11/2017), Only 5.5 per cent female candidates in Kavre (ht 05/11/2017), ‘Dummy’ candidates in fray, by Aman Koirala (kp 05/11/2017), Disgruntled party cadres to contest independently (ht), UML asks rebels to withdraw candidacies (kp 05/11/2017), EC annuls Govinda Raj Joshi’s candidacy, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 05/11/2017), Heavyweights bracing for tough fight in constituency-2 of Saptari, by Byas Shankar Acharya (ht 05/11/2017), Dozens of businessmen in election fray, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 05/11/2017)

First-time voters against gerontocracy, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht 05/11/2017)

HRMEA prone to misuse: The phrase ‘as far as possible’ in the Act lets leaders choose from PR list, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 05/11/2017)

Election authority yet to start voter education drive: Vote three weeks away; Fear for high invalid votes (kp 05/11/2017), Districts asked for poll supply plan, by Manish Gautam (kp 05/11/2017), 1,900 poll code violation complaints filed at EC, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 05/11/2017)

In Darchula, voters say development matters more than ideology, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 05/11/2017), Taplejung locals upbeat about stability after polls, by Sanjeev Giri and Ananda Gautam (kp 05/11/2017)

EC readies PR candidate list for two polls: 56 percent of 6,094 fielded under the category are women (kp 04/11/2017), PR lists for parliamentary, provincial polls unveiled (ht 04/11/2017), Ballot papers dispatched to districts (ht 04/11/2017)

Election manifesto: Charter amendment top agenda of Madhes-based parties, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 04/10/2017), UML tops others in fielding CM hopefuls, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/11/2017), Two alliances neck and neck in Lamjung (ht 04/11/2017), Eight ex-finance ministers contesting polls (04/11/2017), Mahara, Pokhrel file candidacies from Dang (ht 04/11/2017), Old faces dominate nominations in Surkhet (ht 04/11/2017)

4,708 file nominations for Phase II polls, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/11/2017), Parties face hard time ‘adjusting’ leaders: See rebel candidates in some places after  some popular faces left out, by Binod Ghimire (kp 03/11/2017), Candidates file nominations amid fanfare (kp 03/11/2017), Bibeksheel Sajha contesting for 60 seats, with focus on Valley (kp 03/11/2017), Candidates' lists infested with criminals, goons, by Manish Gautam (kp 03/11/2017), Dhungana makes a comeback to politics after 23 years: To contest for the NC in Bhaktapur Constituency-2, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 03/11/2017), Left bloc common manifesto lashes out at Congress (kp 03/11/2017), 4 female candidates contesting in Kailali, by DR Panta (kp 03/11/2017), Major political parties fail to field enough number of women candidates (ht 03/11/2017), Politicians in proportion: Women must be allowed to contest direct elections so as to develop leadership skills (kp 03/11/2017) [Its is their right! Men have nothing to allow!], NC to contest 120 parliamentary seats in second round of polls (ht 03/11/2017), Poll alliances have reduced possible clashes, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 03/11/2017), Nomination filing peaceful in Province 7, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 03/11/217), Parties fielding senior leaders eyeing CM posts, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 03/11/2017)

56 organisations permitted to monitor elections, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 03/11/2017)

Electoral competency: Women are still underrepresented in Nepali politics and the PR system has not made it any better, by Sanjaya Mahato (kp)  Women candidates few and far between in NC: Party leadership struggles to quell charges of nepotism and favouritism, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 02/11/2017), Maoist Centre finalises  its candidates for Valley: Choice of Sharma, Pun sparks uproar (kp 02/11/2017), Keen contest on cards in Gulmi-1, by Ghanashyam Gautam (kp 02/11/2017), Sitaula, Lingden face each other for third time (kp 02/11/2017)

SSF-N, RJP-N finalise seats for Province 2 (kp 01/11/2017), NC unveils election manifesto (kp 01/11/2017), NC advocates for wealth redistribution, social insurance (kp 01/11/2017)

Snowfall hinders poll campaigns in high altitude regions (kp 01/11/2017)

Major forces get time slots for nomination (kp 01/11/2017)

EC gears up for separate ballots: Move follows consultation with attorney general; Having 2 different ballots ‘not to hit’ poll schedule, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/10/2017), Poll panel to abide by court directive: To print separate FPTP ballot papers for provincial, parliamentary polls, by Arjun Poudel (ht 30/10/2017), SC’s strong directives to EC at this crucial time will hamper progress made towards FDR, interview with Bipin Adhikari (kp 30/10/2017), EC condemned for ignoring SC order (ht 30/10/2017) [Parties and politicians ignore SC orders as well!], Decision to print separate ballots: EC activities postponed (kp 01/11/2017)

EC tells govt to cancel Rs10b programme (kp 30/10/2017), EC bars ex-MPs from spending CDF money (rep 30/10/2017)

Polls prevent many Mustang locals from moving to lowlands despite growing chill, by Bishan Chhetri (rep 30/10/2017)

Too poor to run! If election tickets are to be auctioned off to highest bidders, why would anyone devote her life for the party’s betterment?, by Subhash Ghimire (rep 30/10/2017)

PR candidate lists in (kp 30/10/2017), Sitaula to run from Jhapa-3 (kp 30/10/2017), Left alliance struggles to finalise constituencies: Division of constituencies in Chitwan, Jhapa, Salyan, Udaypur and Sunsari has remained undecided, according to UML sources (kp 30/10/2017), SSF, RJP fail to pick common candidates (kp 30/10/2017), Parties finalise candidates for PR lists (ht 30/10/2017), Left alliance close to finalizing FPTP candidates (rep 30/10/2017), Left alliance allocates poll constituencies in Biratnagar (ht 30/10/2017), NC proposes alliance in selected seats in Province-2 (rep 30/10/2017)

Cong factions play favourites as party selects candidates: Deuba flexing his muscles in ticket distribution; Poudel not happy, Sitaula camp in a tight spot, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 29/10/2017), Congress, left alliance set for a close fight in Bajura: Going by the results of local level polls, communist forces are likely to have the upper hand (kp 29/10/2017), Left alliance to launch East-West campaign from November 5, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/10/2017), No deal yet with FSF-N, RJP-N: NC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/10/2017), Congress discusses changes to Proportional Representation list (ht 29/10/2017), Second phase of FPTP polls: Left alliance fails to finalise seat sharing (ht 29/10/2017), Same old faces in fray for polls in province 6 (ht 29/10/2017)

Govt releases Rs5b for federal, provincial polls (kp 29/10/2017), Reps of candidates may stay at ballot boxes storage locations (kp 29/10/2017), Training for Myadis from today: Names of more than 98,000 personnel finalised for deployment (kp 29/10/2017)

Resettlement process: Locals affected by Budhi Gandaki hydro project warn to boycott polls, by Sudeep Kaini (kp 29/10/2017)

Crime does pay: If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from watching too many films it is that participation in politics is natural progression for gangsters, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 28/10/2017)

Dalit leaders demand fair distribution of tickets in second phase elections (ht 28/10/2017)

Election Picking Up Momentum, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 28/10/2017), Security beefed up for HoR, provincial polls (ht 28/10/2017), No voting centre set up at Nyuna yet again (ht 28/10/2017), Dolakha candidates wooing voters in Kathmandu to ensure victory (ht 28/10/2017), 131,950 new voters in Province 7 (ht 28/10/2017)

UML, Maoist Centre launch joint campaign, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 27/10/2017), NC decides constituencies for top leaders (kp 27/10/2017), Left alliance finalises seat sharing for Dec 7; NC, Madhes-based parties struggling with seat allocation (ht 27/10/2017), Maoist leader Paudel in race from Baglung-2: Paudel, who recently quit Naya Shakti Party to rejoin CPN (Maoist Centre), will have NC’s Niraj Pun as his main contender in the race (kp 27/10/2017), Chances of Cong alliance with SSF-N, RJP-N slim: The parties likely to work to ensure victory for their ‘top leaders’ (kp 28/10/2017), NC not keen on democratic alliance, allege FSF-N, RJP-N, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 28/10/2017), FSF-N, RJP-N close to deal (ht 28/10/2017), Gear up for polls, Deuba to Tarun Dal (kp 28/10/2017), NC nominates a few more candidates (ht 28/10/2017), Left alliance likely to finalise seat sharing today, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 28/10/2017)

Parties commit to following poll code of conduct (ht 27/10/2017)

Offices of chief returning officers set up for December 7 polls (ht 27/10/2017)

SC orders separate ballots for two polls: Asks EC to present report on progress made since its earlier ruling; An election commissioner says polls not possible on November 26 if separate ballots were to be printed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 26/10/2017), SC seeks progress info from EC on printing separate ballots (rep 26/10/2017), EC not to print separate FPTP ballot papers: Supreme Court orders commissioners of the poll panel to furnish clarification within three days, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Arjun Poudel (ht 26/10/2017), Court ruling on separate ballots raises concerns, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 27/10/2017), EC working on response to court (kp 27/10/2017), EC undecided on FPTP ballot papers, by Arjun Poudel (ht 27/10/2017), Respect SC order: The EC should be prepared to print separate ballot papers if the SC orders so as the apex court’s order is binding to all state organs (ht 27/10/2017), EC starts printing of FPTP ballot papers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/10/2017), Views divided on EC’s decision (ht 28/10/2017)

EC toothless, complains Yadav: Yadav expresses his regret that the EC lacks authority to schedule or postpone elections or to make a financial decision (kp 26/10/2017)

How will we vote? Upcoming elections could be a referendum over inclusion of identity versus exclusion of nationality and nationalism, by Pramod Mishra (kp 26/10/2017)