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It has been a year of elections in Nepal. On January 31, then Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat promised to a clutch of Kathmandu-based envoys that the country would hold all three levels of elections - local, provincial and parliamentary - within the year.

 

Inclusion is a term that has been accorded much importance over the past couple of years. It was in order to promote inclusion and address underrepresentation of women and other marginalised groups that a mixed model electoral system with First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) and Proportional Representation (PR) elections were introduced in 2008. But emergent electoral trends show a strong pushback on the agenda of inclusion.

 

Nepal adopted a federal system of governance and multilingual harmony when the new constitution was promulgated in September 20, 2015.

 

You might as well imagine a large red flag fluttering from the summit of Mount Everest. That’s what the outcome of the parliamentary and provincial elections in Nepal suggests.

 

The left alliance has secured a resounding victory in the first ever state assembly and federal parliamentary elections, obtaining a clear mandate to rule the country for the next five years.

 

A strong showing for the left alliance had been expected before the election, but the magnitude of their emerging victory has still come as a major surprise.

 

Nepal’s political transition has been hailed as a success in official narratives. The political elite have lauded a successful end to the protracted transition with the establishment of a federal republic and stable peace, ensuring human rights, peaceful transformation and social justice.

 

Barring the pre-poll sporadic incidences of violence, the second phase of the parliamentary and provincial elections passed off peacefully Thursday in 45 districts from where 128 members of the House of Representatives and 256 members of the provincial members will be elected through the first-past-the-post system.

 

The national discussion about energy, like other issues, is highly politicised in Nepal. Political leaders are not very serious about solving the rooted energy crisis.

 

Former health minister and Nepali Congress leader Gagan Thapa narrowly escaped an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on Monday morning at Chapali of Budhanilkantha Municipality.

 


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