KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday has decided to print separate ballot papers for first-past-the-post (FPTP) elections of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies slated for November 26 and December 7.
The EC was earlier preparing to print a single ballot paper for the House of Representatives and State Assemblies elections. But a single bench of Justice Dambar Bahadur Shahi on October 25 had ordered the EC to ensure separate ballot papers for the upcoming polls under the FPTP system and present a report.
Rastriya Janata Party Nepal leader Sarbendra Sukhla had filed a writ petition against Election Commission decisions of printing a single ballot paper of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies at the Supreme Court.
Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav said that the EC is positive towards SC decision and they will make final decision on the issue tomorrow. He further said that the election timetable would remain intact.
The EC , earlier had said it would be impossible to hold elections on November 26 with separate ballot papers for federal and provincial elections.Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.
Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.
The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.
The newly ministers are as follows :
Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation
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Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet, had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.Follow @gorkhapost
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