For Local Polls

March 10, 2013, 5:45 p.m.

At a time when the country is traversing an uncertain political course, with no sign of new government anywhere soon, the current prolonged political instability will definitely disrupt the development activities, and hit the poor and vulnerable population. Even as almost 16 years have passed since the elections of the local bodies were held, there is no sign of an elected and accountable local self government coming anytime soon to serve the interests of people. In this context, we have decided to make the elections agenda of the local bodies as our cover story. We look at various aspects of local self governance in Nepal and its implications. As a basic institution to associate with the day to day life of the people, the agenda of local government should receive the top priority. One of the positive parts of the current political process is that even the national parties have shown the interest to hold the elections of the local bodies. They have virtually agreed to hold the elections. As the country's local bodies are heading towards a more chaotic state, holding the elections will be the only way out.

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