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UPDATED: 14:46, April 12, 2007
Nepal to have 35 additional constituencies
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The Electoral Constituency Delineation Commission (ECDC) is to recommend the Government of Nepal to increase at least 35 additional constituencies in the country, according to website on Thursday.

The ECDC is going to submit its report to the government on Thursday advising the latter to increase the number of constituencies to 240.

The Commission headed by former judge of Supreme Court Arjun Prasad Singh is all set to recommend the government to increase the number of electoral constituencies from existing 205 to 240 in the forthcoming constituent assembly (CA) polls.

The Commission is said to have based its calculations on the 2001 census, according to which there are 52 percent population living in hilly areas and 48 percent in southern Terai areas.

Reports say the commission has advised increasing the number of constituencies in Terai districts by 28 and the number of constituencies in hilly districts by 7. It has fixed 116 constituencies for Terai districts and 124 constituencies for hilly and mountainous districts.

The Commission has made the recommendations as per the decision of eight parties and subsequent amendment of interim constitution to increase the number of electoral constituencies in Terai as per the first amendment of the interim constitution.

Source: Xinhua

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