Laxmi Capital News
83 file papers for 56 Upper House seats

Eighty-three candidates from nine partiesfiled their nomination papers today to contest the National Assembly electionfor 56 seats on February 7.

The Election Commission stated that allnational parties — Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, CPN-Maoist Centre, Rastriya JanataParty-Nepal and Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal — have fielded candidates for theNA election.

Other parties that have fielded candidates forthe Upper House election are: Nepal Workers and Peasants Party, RastriyaJanamorcha, Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Nepal Sanghiya Samajbadi Party.

Contestants include 26 women, who have filedtheir papers for 21 reserved posts in seven provinces.

All the 12 women contestants from provinces 1,2, 5 and 7 — three from each province — will be declared elected unopposed onJanuary 29, as each province elects only three women. In Province 7, candidateswho have filed their nominations under the open category will also be electedunopposed as only three candidates — one each from CPN-UML, CPN-MC and NC —have filed nominations, according to the EC.

Only one Dalit from the FSF-N filed nominationfrom Province 2 and will also be elected unopposed.

RJP-N’s Brijhesh Chandra Lal, who has filedhis candidacy under minority community from Province 2, will also be electedunopposed.

Eight NA members — three women, three from theopen category, one from Dalit community and one  from minority communityor differently-abled candidate — will be elected from each province. Threemembers will be chosen by the president on the government’s recommendation.

Election will be held for 39 seats, as 17candidates will be elected unopposed.

EC Spokesperson Navaraj Dhakal said the pollpanel would announce unopposed winners on January 29, the day the EC wouldpublish names of final contestants after investigating complaints against thecandidates.

The EC will publish final names of candidatesat 4:00pm on January 29 and will provide election symbols on the same date.

The EC said 28 candidates had filednominations for 21 NA seats in the open category, 14 for seven Dalit seats and15 for seven seats for differently-abled or marginalised groups.

The EC stated that six NA members — three womenand three from the open category — would be elected under single transferablevoting system from each province and two members — one Dalit and onedifferently-abled person or belonging to a minority group — would be electedfrom each province under the first-past-the-post system. If two candidates getequal number of votes, winner will be selected through toss of coin by an ECstaffer.

Dhakal said the process of filing nominationpapers was completed peacefully in the seven provinces. He said candidatesturned up in offices of returning officers with their supporters.

The EC has set up offices of returningofficers in Morang, Dhanusha, Lalitpur, Kaski, Dang, Surkhet and Dotidistricts, where NA election will be held.

Source: The Himalayan Times, 24th January2018


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