Nepal Election commission yet to take a call ruling party split

It has been almost three months since the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) saw a split between the factions, each led by Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, and the country’s Election Commission is yet to legalize a formal split in the party

Feb 23, 2021
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It has been almost three months since the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) saw a split between the factions, each led by Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, and the country’s Election Commission is yet to legalize a formal split in the party.

According to a report in  The Himalayan Times, the Dahal-Nepal faction alleged the Election Commission seems to be waiting for the Supreme Court's verdict on petitions challenging the Oli’s last year decision of dissolving the house. 

"The Election Commission should not wait for the Supreme Court to take a call on which faction is the authentic party,” the faction was quoted as saying by The Himalayan Times.

General elections in the country are scheduled for April and May this year. In case, the apex court nullifies the house dissolution decision, the elections are unlikely to happen. 

Earlier, on January 24, the Election Commission had refused to acknowledge any organizational changes enacted by the two factions of the party. The move was later condemned by the Dahal-Nepal faction which had removed Oli from the party’s co-chair position.

On the other hand, Oli responded by inducted more than 500 central committee members and stripped Dahal of executive powers. The poll panel stated that it recognized both Oli and Dahal were co-chairpersons of the party.

Meanwhile, irrespective of decisions pending in the apex court regarding the house dissolution, the country’s Election Commission is leaving no stone unturned in the preparation of the general elections.