Local election set to be held in two stages

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The government looks set to hold the local election in two stages even though it was announced to be held on May 14 due to the latest political developments.

"The government is preparing to hold election in two stages whether the Madhesi Front participates or boycotts it," a top government source told Setopati.

The government had registered a new constitution amendment bill in the parliament on Tuesday after withdrawing the amendment bill that was under consideration in the parliament to address the demands of the Madhesi Front and to bring them on board for the local election.

The source added that election can be held in the second stage in Provinces 2 and 5 and some other parts if the new bill were passed. The government feels the amendment bill can be easily passed with support of CPN-UML as the issue of provincial demarcation has been removed from the bill and it now will be settled through a federal commission.

A leader, involved in the dialogue with UML and the Madhesi Front, said the government feels even the failure to pass the bill can be made an election agenda to single out the parties that derailed the bill.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal speaking at the Good Governance Committee of the parliament on Tuesday had said election can be held in some parts of the country in second stage even after the scheduled date of May 14 after forging consensus among parties.

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