After nearly a decade, Nepal is approaching its 2nd national election of the Constituent Assembly. These elections will see 601 national representatives elected to the Constituent Assembly.
Though the government and political parties have publically pledged to conduct the Constituent Assembly election on 19 November fairly, we have already seen mounting tensions between the United Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN-M) and its radical faction, the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M). Questions around whether a newly elected Constituent Assembly will be able to formalise a a new constitution remain up in the air, but one thing seems to be certain: these elections will go ahead.
Nepal's Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium Nepal lead researcher talks to Maryam Mohsin about the upcoming elections and what they mean to people in Nepal.