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Post-election scenario

The Himalayan Times 25 November 2022 Post-election scenario After months of heavy preparation and campaigning, Nepal successfully held the second provincial and federal election on Sunday, November 20, following the promulgation of 2015 constitution, which will elect 275 candidates for the House of Representatives and 550 candidates for the seven provincial assemblies. The first provincial and federal elections were held in 2017. The elections were mainly a contest between the two major alliances, the five party-ruling alliance led by the Nepali Congress (NC) and the other led by the main opposition CPN-UML. However, the entry of the Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) and independent candidates was an interesting political event in the election this time in Nepal. Senior political leaders’ opportunistic marriages of convenience have created frustration among the common people, resulting in low voter turn-out. However, they have been able to retain their seats in their respective

Expecting new faces in the HoR

The Himalayan Times 18 November 2022 Expecting new faces in the HoR It seems that the upcoming provincial and federal elections will be an interesting political event in Nepal’s political history, considering the participation of many independent candidates against the so-called big political parties’ candidates. However, the election seems to be a tug of war mainly between the two political alliances – the NC led five-party ruling alliance and the other alliance led by the main opposition CPN-UML. The number of seats of the House of Representatives (HoR) is 275.  Despite growing voices within the major political parties for transferring the leadership to the new generation, most candidates for the provincial and federal elections are the same old faces as per the nominations filed for the first-past-the-post (FPTP) category. The major parties have fielded same old candidates multiple times. They have mostly picked up the winners of the 2017 elections along with their infl

People’s frustration spilling over

The Himalayan Times 11 November 2022 People’s frustration spilling over Following the promulgation of new constitution in 2015, Nepal adopted a federal system, federating the country into seven provinces. The 12-point agreement between the then seven-party-alliance and the Maoist party was the main basis for converting Nepal into Federal Republic. In fact, the traditional parties seemed to have accepted the proposal for a federal system, sensing time wasn’t right for them to go against the violent street protest and foreign powers’ political interests. Now, some of the leaders, within the major parties have started voicing their concerns about the federal structure. Also, various sections of society which were not in favour of the federal system have now begun raising their voices against the system, considering its poor performance in the last five years.  Poor performance of provinces has been one of the concerns of the people, and they are now terming it a 'white ele

Bhusan Dahal's wonderful latest film

I happened to see this short VDO depicted on Rabindra Mishra's election campaign tweeted by Bhusan Dahal and found it very interesting and decided to share for those who have not watched it. I have nothing to do with any political parties. However, I found this VDO film worth sharing for many good reasons.  Please click on the following link to watch the VDO.  Bhusan Dahal's wonderful latest film   Thank you. bHUSANdAHAL धेरै प्रकारका फिल्म बनाईयो  मित्र @RabindraMishra को campaign film बनाएर बाँकि रहर पनि पूरा गरियो....शुभकामना सहित।

Independent vs party candidates

The Himalayan Times 3 November 20222 Independent vs party candidates Nepal held its first three tiers of elections, namely, local, provincial and federal, in 2017 in accordance with the new constitution promulgated in 2015. Now, the second rounds of federal and provincial elections are scheduled to be held in November 20 to elect the 275 members of the House of Representatives. There will be two ballots in the election; one to elect 165 members from single-member constituencies via FPTP, and the other to elect the remaining 110 members from a single nation-wide constituency via party-list proportional representation. The unprecedented success of independent candidates over the veteran politicians in some rural and urban areas was shocking and a huge blow to the major political parties. In fact, the victory of 385 independent candidates over veteran politicians in the local level elections was an unusually exceptional event for Nepal, where the political parties have a long