The government of Nepal has finally decided to hold the local level election in two phases after the agreement made with the United Madhesi Democratic Forum and the federal alliance.
The meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Singha Durbar today took this decision, said Minister for Information and Communications and Spokesperson of the government, Surendra Kumar Karki.
As per the decision, Province Nos 3, 4 and 6 will have the local election on the set date of May 14, while Province Nos 1, 2, 5 and 7 will hold it on June 14.
Similarly, as per the demand of the UDMF and the alliance, the amendment proposal registered in the Legislature-Parliament would be revised and passed soon. With this, the language related provisions under Article 7 of the constitution would be changed.
It was agreed on Saturday that government would enlist in the schedule the languages mentioned by the Language Commission as the official language.
Minister Karki further informed that the words as inclusive and proportional would be added in the name while forming the federal commission on demarcation. Instead of the earlier provision of consent from the respective province was essential while changing the boundary of province, it would now be- the boundary of the province could be changed in consultation with the respective province. After the amendment proposal is passed, policy level decision would be made on formation of the demarcation commission.
The government has decided to pass the revised constitution amendment proposal tabled in the Legislature Parliament through fast track.
Likewise, the meeting decided to urge the Election Commission to extend the date for candidate's nomination for the May 14 elections by some days as the agitating parties too agreed to come on board the elections.
It was also decided to incorporate the leaders of other parties in a panel comprising Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, Forest Minister Shankar Bhandari, Law Minister Ajay Shankar Nayak and Supplies Minister Dipak Bohara formed to offer consultations for increasing the number of local level units in some districts of the Province No. 2 and 5.
The agitating parties and the front have been asked to embrace the election process by immediately calling off the agitation programmes and to back the revised proposal for constitution amendment, Minister Karki added.
The fresh political situation was developed after the three-point deal between the ruling parties and agitating UDMF on Saturday evening.