Ruling coalition, EC officials discuss on postponing election

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The coalition governing parties and the office-bearers of Election Commission (EC) are holding talks on conducting third phase election in provinces 2 and 5 to accommodate Rastriya Janata Party (RJP-N).

The meeting that is underway in Prime Minister's Office in Singha Durbar is participated by the leaders of ruling parties including Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Ayodhi Prasad Yadav, among other commissioners.

RJP-N is adamant it will not participate in second round of polls scheduled for June 28 if the constitution were not amended and number of local units not added in tarai in proportion to the population there.

The agitating party Tuesday had started protest programs including general strike to disrupt the local election. Normal life in the districts of province no. 2 has remained affected from past three days due to general strike.