Development Committees directs government to set a date for local body's election

Kathmandu, June 29: The Development Committee under the Legislature-Parliament has today issued a directive to the government to set a date for the long overdue election of the local body at the earliest.

Today's meeting of the Committee, held under the chairmanship of Committee's Chairman Rabindra Adhikari, directed the government make necessary arrangement to fix a date to hold election in the local level. The Committee has directed the government to formulate necessary Act and rules to do so.

Speaking in the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister (DMP) and Minister for Home Affairs Bamdev Gautam said that there was no any issues for the arrangement of the security personnel for the local body's poll once the date is fixed for the same.

"Main issue is to create a favorable political environment for the election of the local body, the election would have been held in 2014 if there were any such environment," shared DPM Gautam, adding that the incumbent government also intended to hold the election at the earliest.

Similarly, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development, Prakashman Singh argued that the local body's election was not being held due to the lack of willingness amongst the political parties and the difference of opinion. "The incumbent government is committed to holding election by forging consensus among the political parties,' Minister Singh added.

The lawmakers, at the meeting, spoke the need of the local body's election to carry out the reconstruction of the quake-damaged physical infrastructures, resettlement of the quake-displaced persons.

Committees' Chairperson Adhikari shared that the today's meeting had decided to instruct the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development to make necessary arrangement for the local elections as quick as possible.

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