Vacillation over local polls: Ruling alliance to hold another round of meeting at 4 pm

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Kathmandu: A meeting of top leaders of the ruling alliance will be held again at 4 pm on Saturday.

A meeting of the ruling coalition held at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar on Saturday morning focused on announcing a date for local elections. According to sources, the meeting to be held at 4 pm will take a necessary decision in this regard.

The ruling parties are discussing the issue of holding not only local-level elections but also three-tier elections at once. The main opposition party CPN-UML has demanded that local level elections be held within mid-May.

The parties in the alliance except Nepali Congress are in favor of holding local elections only after holding federal and provincial elections. The Nepali Congress is still undecided on the issues.

The term of the locally-elected representatives is expiring on May 20 this year. The Election Commission has proposed local elections for April 27 in case of single-phase and on April 27 and May 5 in case of two phases. The commission needs 120 days from the date of the announcement for election-related management and preparation.