PM Deuba proposes to hold local polls on May 18

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Kathmandu: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has directed the Election Commission to prepare for holding local polls on May 18.

The Prime Minister proposed the date for the elections during a discussion with the Election Commission office-bearers on Tuesday.

According to Prime Minister Deuba’s Secretariat, the officials are also positive about holding the polls on the proposed date.

“The Prime Minister has proposed to hold the local-level elections on May 18. The officials responded positively,” said a member at Prime Minister Deuba’s Secretariat.

Deuba is preparing to convene a cabinet meeting to announce the polls after discussions with the officials.

The term of the locally-elected representatives is expiring on May 20 this year. The Election Commission had 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.

A meeting of the ruling alliance held on Saturday had decided to hold local polls within mid-June.