Impact of the Saptari Incident on the Electoral Environment


Analysis Update – 2

Period: March 7 to 15, 2017 | Published: March 28, 2017


Five Madheshi citizens were fatally shot in Maleth VDC of Saptari during a clash with security forces on March 6. The incident immediately brought Samyukta Loktantrik Madheshi Morcha (Madheshi Morcha) supporters and citizens to the streets to protest, and generated nationwide dialogue about the ability to hold elections in the current political environment. On March 15, Madheshi Morcha withdrew its support from government and announced it would protest the elections.


This is the second 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 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.