The Election Commission (EC) of Nepal plans to hold by-elections to the National Assembly in Bagmati Pradesh on Thursday (May 20) and Lumbini Pradesh on May 31.
With a 348-vote electoral college, three candidates are running in Bagmati Pradesh’s by-elections. Similarly, two individuals are running for office in Lumbini Pradesh, each with 296 votes.
Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa alias Badal of the ruling CPN-UML, Dr Khim Lal Devkota of the Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Center), and Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP), and Krishna Bahadur Tamang of the Nepal Workers and Peasants Party (NWPP) are fighting the elections in Bagmati Pradesh.
The UML has fielded Chandra Bahadur Khadka in the Lumbini Pradesh by-elections. Khadka recently defected from the Maoist Center to the UML.
Similarly, in the by-elections, the NC, Maoist Center, and JSP have teamed up to field Drig Narayan Pandey against Khadka.
Pandey, who was a member of the Lumbini Pradesh Provincial Assembly supporting the UML, had only just joined the NC.
The EC’s spokesperson, Raj Kumar Shrestha, stated that the time of silence for the NA by-elections in Bagmati Pradesh began on May 17.
The electoral symbols for Badal, Devkota, and Tamang are the Sun, Lotus, and Madal, respectively.
Devkota, who resigned as vice chairman of Bagmati Pradesh’s policy and planning commission in 2076 BS, has a PhD in development economics and is a fiscal federalism and local government analyst.
Similarly, after joining the CPN-UML, the Maoist Center dismissed Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa of his position as a National Assembly lawmaker.
UML has decided to run Thapa as a NA candidate once more. After the Maoist Center took action against Badal, the NA member’s position became empty.