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16 more parties file nominations

 -  The Kathmandu Post

Kathmandu, March 03 2008 - Sixteen more political parties including Tarai-Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP), Madhesi People's Rights Forum (MPRF) and Sadbhavana Party (SP) on Sunday submitted the closed-list of their candidates at the Election Commission (EC) for Constituent Assembly (CA) election under the proportional representation (PR) electoral system.

Following the submission of 1,349 candidacies from 16 parties, 5,882 candidates from 55 parties are going to contest the election for 335 seats under the PR system.

In the afternoon, the leaders and cadres of TMDP, MPRF and SP reached the EC and submitted their separate lists of candidates to contest the election.

Among them, MPRF is the only party that has submitted the name list of 201 candidates comprising 141 male and 60 female candidates for the purpose. But TMDP and SP have limited their candidacies to below 30 percent by fielding just 100 candidates each.

After filing the name lists, TMDP's Hridayesh Tripathi said that his party has tried to integrate candidates from different groups to make it inclusive. "Due to some legal problems we have submitted separate closed lists but we -- TMDP, MPRF and SP including other Madhesi groups -- will form an alliance and file nominations on March 6 in a coordinated manner for the first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral system," he added.

TMDP's Mahendra Raya had reached the EC along with a group of party leaders and cadres in a jeep with Indian number plate.

Similarly, Rastriya Janashakti Party led by Surya Bahadur Thapa, who had refrained from submitting the list earlier, also submitted 299 names at the EC today.

According to party co-chairperson Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani, almost all senior party leaders -- Nava Raj Subedi, Hari Bahadur Basnet, Nain Bahadur Swar, Buddhi Man Tamang and Lohani himself are included within the closed list. However, Thapa and former royal minister Keshar Bahadur Bista -- will file their candidacy from Dhankuta -- and Lalitpur districts respectively.

The EC has rescheduled a new deadline for March 6 to those who missed the previous deadline to file nominations to contest the election under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral system. On 25th February, 2191 candidates from 33 political parties including independent candidates had filed nominations for 240 seats allotted for FPTP.

Meanwhile, out of 39 political parties, who had submitted their closed lists of candidates for PR system on February 20 and 24, almost all parties took away their lists from the Election Commission to correct their name lists as per the existing legal arrangement.

According to an EC official, Samajbadi Prajatantrik Janata Party, Nepal, led by Prem Bahadur Singh has been found perfect while submitting its 129 candidates for the closed lists.

NSP-A in dispute again, files another list

A group of Nepal Sadbhavana Party (Anandidevi) led by Chairperson Anandi Devi Singh reached the EC to submit the closed list of candidates claiming that the previous list submitted by Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Shyam Sundar Gupta was unauthorized.

However, the EC refused to entertain her list saying that the EC could not accept another list from the same party as it has already received it on behalf of NSP-A.

Then a group of party leaders of NSP-A including Singh sat in front of the EC office demanding that the EC must entertain their list as it was the authentic one.

Minister Gupta submitted the name lists on February 20, by placing Singh's name on the top rank. Singh, however, denounced it saying that it was an illegal and unauthorized act by Gupta who had already been sacked from the party.

Election Commissioner Dolakh Bahadur Gurung said it was not a serious issue as the NSP-A has enough time to settle the dispute among its party members and correct the name lists.

Source : The Kathmandu Post

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