EC for 'one candidate one constituency'
KATHMANDU, JUL 26 -
The Election Commission (EC) has proposed that one candidate be allowed to contest elections from only one constituency. Such a provision was proposed by a draft of the Election to Members of the Constituent Assembly Act-2007 forwarded by the EC to the government on June 20.
The EC has already informed Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and leaders of the major political parties of the provision. The government, however, has yet to amend the Act to this effect.
“The concept of ' one candidate one constituency ' is cost-friendly for the commission. Moreover, it will control financial irregularities in the elections,” said Joint Secretary and legal chief at the EC Madhu Regmi.
Prior to this provision, top leaders often vied for elections from multiple constituencies. In the 2008 Constituent Assembly elections, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar were among a few leaders who contested the polls from more than one constituency.
Among them, Nepal lost both in Kathmandu constituency No 2 and Rautahat constituency No 4, while all the others managed to win in all of their constituencies. The EC had to hold by-elections in Rolpa, Morang, Kanchanpur and Kaski districts.
Posted on: 2012-07-26 03:00