Nepal announces general elections on Nov.20

Kathmandu, Aug 4 (EFE).- Nepal on Thursday announced to hold general elections on Nov.20, the third one since the country became a democratic republic in 2008 after the Constituent Assembly abolished the 240-year-old monarchy.

Government spokesperson Gyanendra Bahadur Karki said at a press briefing in Kathmandu that the cabinet decided to hold the election on Nov.20 on the recommendation of the Election Commission.

He added that the federal and provincial polls would be held in a single phase.

With the announcement of the election, the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led coalition government is reduced to a caretaker government, making it ineligible take crucial decisions.

Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya told EFE there could be an estimated one million newly eligible young voters for the 2022 election.

“We have estimated 18.6 million voter turnout this year, from 17.7 million in the last elections held in 2017,” he said.

In 2017, Nepal held the federal and provincial elections in two phases on Nov.26 and Dec.7.

Of the total 275 seats in the federal parliament, 165 are directly elected under the first-past-the-post system while the remaining 110 are elected through the proportional representation system.

Among the 550 seats of the seven provincial assemblies, 330 are directly elected and 220 are elected through the proportional representation system. EFE


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