KATHMANDU, March 10 (Xinhua)-- The UCPN (Maoist) has suggested that local body election be hold after the promulgation of a new constitution, saying that the first priority now is writing a new constitution.
The third largest party's remark came at a time when the government is preparing to fix the date for a local election by mid-May.
"The local body election will divert the attention of parties that are working to promulgate a new constitution within a year," Maoist Central Committee member Agni Sapkota said in a public event on Monday.
The Maoist party only won the third position in the last November's Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.
Ruling parties, Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML are of the view that local election should be held at any cost as there has not been such election in the last 16 years.
The last local body election was held in 1998, but due to political instability, there has not been any local election since, which has created a political vacuum at the local level.
The election commission has already asked the government to make necessary legal preparations for the local elections.