Kathmandu, Nepal – February 10th 2014
After 11 months of political deadlock, Nepal finally got a Prime Minister Mr. Sushil Koirala, president of Nepali Congress today. In a mid-night drama of May 27th 2012 the then Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattrai, leader of UCPN Maoist party dissolve the first constituent assembly and slated the date of yet another constituent assembly election for November 22nd 2012 but didn’t succeed. Later on based upon the three parties pact among Nepali Congress, CPN UML and UCPN Maoist, a government was formed under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice Mr. Khil Raj Regmi and supported by other ex-bureaucrats as ministers to oversee new constituent assembly election slated yet again for 19th November 2013.
Within 9 months, Khil Raj Regmi government was successful in conducting the second constituent assembly election despite the continuous obstruction from 33 political parties alliance led by the CPN Maoist. As per the statistics of election commission of Nepal, voters turned out in record numbers with nation-wide turnout averaging of 78.34% breaking the previous record of 68.5% in the 1991 general elections. The highest turnout was Dolpa-1 at 89.5% and the lowest in Baitadi-2 at 67.32%. The total number of voters in the election is 12 million 147 thousand and 865. Among them, the population of male voters in five million 988 thousand and 88 that of females 6 million 166 thousand and 828 and third gender is 155. Similarly, more than 10013 voting centres have been setup across the country.
A total of 6,218 candidates were in the fray under the first past the post (FPTP) election system and 10,409 in the proportional representation (PR) category. There were more than 100 national and international organizations were monitoring and observing the election process. Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal and Eco-Social Development Organization were among the national organizations that has deployed observers for the observation process in Kathmandu, Kavre and Nawalparasi district along with National Election Observation Committee (NEOC) and Good Governance Nepal. All the monitoring and observing organizations have stated that this election was peaceful in comparison to other elections held in Nepal in other times.
The Nepali Congress party has emerged as the largest party in the second Nepalese constituent assembly winning 196 fo the 575 elected seats followed by CPN UML party with winning 175 out of 575 elected seats. Onthe other hand, UCPN Maoist the largest party of 2007 constituent assembly election has to satisfy itself as a third largest party with 80 out of 575 elected seats.
After a long political deadlock, based upon the results of send constituent assembly election Mr. Sushil Koirala has been elected as a seventh Prime Minister of the Republic of Nepal. The market including stock exchange has taken this news very positively and a hope of political stability and formation of constitution within one year is emerging and youth are also hopeful that the peace will be restored and development process will started in Nepal very soon.