Thursday, 1 September 2016

PM Prachanda calls for early completion of local level restructuring tasks

Posted by Anup Baral September 1st, 2016 : After failing to forge consensus among the political parties on local restructuring, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has asked the commission formed to fix the number and boundaries of local bodies under the new federal setup to expedite its work so that the government can hold local polls by mid-April, 2017. During a meeting with the commission's chairman, Balananda Poudel, Prime Minister Dahal asked him to expedite the local restructuring work and submit the commission report by mid-October so that the government can hold local polls by mid-April. During the meeting, Poudel said that disagreement among political parties regarding the number of local bodies in the new setup has hampered the commission in its work and it may not be able to have its report ready on time.
"After our chairman said that the commission may not submit its report by mid-October, the prime minister asked it to carry out its tasks as per the mandate given by the Constitution and the government and submit the report on time," said Sunil Ranjan Singh, a member of the commission, speaking about the meeting. He said the prime minister directed the commission to expedite its task, bearing in mind the government's plans to hold local polls by mid-April. The Election Commission had earlier said that it must have the report of the restructuring commission by mid-October if local elections are to be held by mid-April.

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