A total 337 candidates including 84 women are trying their luck in the first elections being held after 2017 historic three tier elections. Although by-elections are being held for 52 seats, all eyes are on Kaski-2 parliamentary Constituency, which fell vacant after Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari lost his life in a helicopter crash in February this year. The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has fielded his wife Bidhya Bhattarai from this high profile seat, while Khem Raj Paudel is contesting from main opposition, Nepali Congress.
The election is seen as a popularity test for K.P. Sharma Oli government. The left alliance had registered landslide victory in 2017 elections with almost two third majorities in the House of Representatives. NCP had also formed governments in six out of seven provinces and won in most of the local bodies.