KATHMANDU, Dec 18: The Election Commission (EC) has unveiled the schedule for the upcoming election of the National Assembly (NA) members.
The election, scheduled for January 23, will elect 18 members in the 59-member NA as the two-year tenure of 19 lawmakers is due to expire on March 3, 2020.
One member will be appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the cabinet.
The two-year tenure of lawmakers Khem Raj Nepal, Surendra Raj Pandey, Haricharan Shiwakoti, Ramprit Paswan, Brishesh Chandra Lal, Badri Prasad Pandey, Balaram Baskota, Mina Budha, Binda Devi Ale, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Youtol Tamang, Ramesh Prasad Yadav, Durga Prasad Upadhyay, Dhan Kumari Khatiwada, Kamala Kumari Ale, Kali Bahadur Malla, Sarita Prasain and Minister for Finance Yubaraj Khatiwada are expiring in three months.
Article 86 (3) of the Consitution of Nepal states that term of office of the one-third of the NA shall expire in two years, another one-third in four years and the tenure of the final one-third will be six years.
The arrangement of their retirement was made by drawing lots.
Minister Khadiwada can continue to his position if he is reelected to the upper house.
The nomination filing date for the candidates has been set for January 5.