Incidents and Electoral Environment After Madheshi Morcha’s Withdrawal of Government Support


 Analysis Update – 3

 Period: March 16 to 31, 2017 | Published: April 13

On March 15, Madheshi Morcha withdrew support for the government and announced it would boycott and disrupt elections scheduled for May 14, 2017 unless its demands are resolved through a constitutional amendment. The Morcha then launched a protest program against the elections. Between March 16 and 31, at least 24 incidents occurred involving Madheshi Morcha protesting local elections. The incidents ranged from picketing and padlocking government offices to removing signboards of newly formed local units and vandalising them. A majority of incidents happened in Province 2. There were no clashes or violent incidents related to the Morcha’s protest program.


This is the third of a series of periodic analysis updates that Democracy Resource Center Nepal (DRCN) and the Collective Campaign for Peace (COCAP) | will be releasing during the upcoming election period. DRCN takes the lead in producing analysis using the data collated by COCAP | DRCN aims to promote democracy in Nepal through localized observation, research, and objective reporting. COCAP contributes to the peace process in Nepal in many ways, one among them by promoting social security system, strengthening democratic practices and developing culture of human rights. This project receives financial and technical support from The Asia Foundation and The Carter Center.