Provincial, federal polls set for November 26

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Aug. 22:The government on Monday set both the provincial and federal parliamentary elections for November 26.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers held today at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM), Singha Durbar decided to hold the elections of both the central and provincial legislatures on November 26.
The government has decided to conduct both the elections on the same date, Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet told journalists after the Cabinet meeting.
“The government will write to the Election Commission Nepal (ECN) about the decision,” minister Basnet, who is also the government spokesperson, said.
He said the ECN will now decide regarding the phases of the elections.
Prior to this, the ECN and the major political parties had agreed to conduct the provincial and federal parliamentary elections by November 23 on a single day.
Likewise, the government endorsed the upcoming state visit of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to India from August 23.
The meeting also finalised the agendas to be discussed during the PM’s visit to India.
During the visit, the Nepali side will raise the issues of the commitments made by India to support the post-earthquake reconstruction and past agreements, and losses caused by the Laxmanpur and Koshi dams in the recent floods.
Similarly, the Nepali side will discuss the repatriation treaty and the 1950 Friendship Treaty.
During the visit, the Nepali delegation will also discuss the operation of India-Nepal railway, trade, commerce, investment and other issues, said minister Basnet.
PM Deuba is visiting India at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
This is his maiden foreign visit after assuming the office on June 7.

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