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Nepal Preparing for the presidential election on March 9

The Nepali Congress has decided to draw the attention of the government and the Election Commission not to postpone the

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23 January 2023 11:35 AM, ✍️ UPDATED: 4 months ago

23 January 2023 11:35 AM

The Nepali Congress has decided to draw the attention of the government and the Election Commission not to postpone the presidential election under any pretext.

Nepal Preparing for the presidential election on March 9

The meeting of Congress office bearers and former office bearers held at Dhumbarahi, the residence of party chairman Sher Bahadur Deuba on Monday emphasized that the presidential election should be held on time.

“The presidential election should be on time, it should not be postponed for any reason,” Congress spokesperson Dr. Prakasharan Mahat says, ‘If there are problems in the law, we have brought it to the attention of the government and the Election Commission by ending it on time and moving the election process forward.’

According to Dr. Mahat, attempts have been made to shift the presidential election from March 13, and Congress will not accept it under any circumstances.

After Congress held a meeting and alerted the government and the Election Commission, two questions arose.

First: Is there a legal obstacle in the presidential election?

Second: What is the deadline for March 13? Is there an attempt to move the presidential election further back?

According to Election Commission sources, the provisions of the Constitution and the Act are conflicting with regard to the election of the President. Article 63 of the Constitution states that the term of office of the President shall be five years from the date of the election. Such a 5-year term starts from the date of the election (the day the election results are declared).

But in the Act on the election of the President and Vice President, it is said that the election should be held one month before the end of the term of office. In Section 4 of the Act, it is said, ‘The Commission shall inform the Government of Nepal at least one month before the end of the term of office of the President or if this position becomes vacant for any other reason, and the date of the election shall be held within one month from the date of such vacancy.’

Now, if elections are held according to the law, it seems that the country will have two presidents in a month. The Election Commission informed the Prime Minister two years ago about the conflict between the constitution and the law regarding the presidential election. At that time, as there were similar legal entanglements regarding local-level, state, and federal parliament elections, it was said that a law would be made to address all of them. But the law has not been amended yet.



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