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Govt reaffirms to formulate Election law and Constituency Determination Commission soon

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KATHMANDU — The government has reaffirmed to formulate the laws relating to the provincial and federal elections and formation of the Commission on Constituency Determination soon.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba , talking to a team of Election Commission of Nepal led by Chief Election Commissioner  Ayodhee Prasad Yadav at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers on Sunday, has instructed the authorities concerned to get ready for holding both elections assuring of the formulation of electoral laws and formation of the Commission at the earliest.

Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma, who was also present in the meeting, told that the meeting also dwelt on collection of voters’ list and whether the voters’ list could be registered at the local levels.

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Chief Election Commissioner Yadav shared that they demanded formation of the Commission and formulation of the election act and submission of reports relating these two pertinent issues to which PM Deuba, according to Yadav, assured of endorsing the election law through fast-track and formation of the Commission.

The Commission, meanwhile, has urged one and all eligible voters to utilise the opportunity to register their names in the voters’ lists in their respective districts within July 30.

The Commission has put in place the provision where the voters  could register their names in the voters’ list in their districts by July 30 for the provincial and federal elections due by January 21, 2018.

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RJPN splits in its anniversary, disgruntled leaders form new party

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KATHMANDU — A dissatisfied leaders of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJPN) including Vice Chairman Ashok Kumar Yadav announced on Friday that they have quit the party to form a new party under his leadership.

Organising a press conference at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Friday, Yadav and 32 other members left the party and announced a new party named Rastriya Janta Party (Loktantrik). According to which Ashok Kumar Yadav is appointed as a coordinator, Ritesh Kumar Singh, deputy coordinator and Jeevan Shah as general secretary.

Subash Chandari Biraji and Jeevan Sah have been appointed as General Secretaries in the 11-member ad hoc committee while Sadhana Yadav and Lakki Sharma as Secretaries, Madhu Maya Yadav as Treasurer and Dipendra Yadav as spokesperson.

Likewise, Dharma Raj Gupta, Bipana Acharya and Sambhu Pandit are the members of central ad hoc committee.

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Coordinator Yadav accused the party leadership of remaining indifferent in piling pressure on the government to amend the constitution.

Saying that Madhes is still lagging behind in terms of development, Yadav said the Rastriya Janata Party (Democratic) will focus its activities on development.

LAst year on the same day on April 20, 2017,six Madhes-based parties — Mahantha Thakur-led Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Rajendra Mahato-led Sadbhawana Party, Mahendra Yadav-led Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Sharat Singh Bhandari-led Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party and Rajkishor Yadav-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum- Ganatantrik and Anil Jha-led Nepal Sadbhawana Party– had announced their unification to form Rastirya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).

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