January 24, 2022, Monday

NA member election to be held for three seats in Lumbini province

Deukhuri : Election is to be held for three seats of the National Assembly (NA) from Lumbini province. The office of the election officer has been established at the Province Election Office at Ghorahi of Dang district for that purpose, Nimraj Bhattarai, Chief of the Province Election Office, said.

The election of the National Assembly member is to be held to fill the vacant posts of the NA members who have completed their four-year term. Bhattarai said that from Lumbini province, the term of Komal Oli (woman member) and Dirga Narayan Pandey (from others cluster) and Ram Lakhan Chamar (from Dalit cluster) is terminating.

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The Election Commission has fixed January 26 as the date for holding the NA election. There are 296 voters including the 81 Lumbini province assembly members and 215 mayors, deputy mayors, chiefs and deputy chiefs of local levels from 12 districts in the province.

The Election Commission has planned the elections for the posts turning vacant with 20 members completing their four-year term in the first week of March.

The election to NA consisting 59 members was held on February 7, 2018 following the promulgation of the Constitution and 14 members (one Dalit and one from the persons with disabilities or minorities from each Province) were elected on the basis of majority of votes by an electoral college composed of members of the Province Assembly, chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of the rural municipalities, mayors and deputy-mayors of the municipalities.

Likewise, 42 (three women from each Province and three from other groups) on the basis of single transferable votes. Three members including one woman were nominated by the President.

As per the Constitution, the term of office of the members of the National Assembly shall be six years while the term of office of one third of the members shall expire in every two years.

Arrangements shall be made by drawing lots to retire one-third of the members on the expiry of two years, another one-third on the expiry of four years, and the final one-third on the expiry of six years.