Saturday, 3 December 2016

Election of local bodies still uncertain

Posted by Anup Baral December 03, 2016 :
It has been 18 years since the local elections were held in the country. Following the expiry of the five-year term of the elected representatives in 2002, the local bodies have been without people’s representatives for almost 14 years. The governments in the past tried to hold the local elections but in vain due mainly to the conflict and differences among the political parties. As a result, the local bodies, which are the bases for democratic exercise, have been in a mess. The VDC secretaries have been running the overall administrative and development activities at the grassroots over the years. However, the secretaries are hardly available in the villages and also not accountable to the people like the elected representatives of the people. Thus, people have been facing a lot of inconveniences as they are unable to locate the secretaries in the VDC offices. Consequently, corruption and mismanagement have become rampant in the local bodies while development activities have been stalled in the absence of elected representatives at the local level.

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