Election Commission calls for registration of political parties for local polls

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Kathmandu: The Election Commission (EC) has called for the registration of political parties giving 11-day time so that they could take part in the coming May 13 local-level elections.

The EC slated the party registration time for two weeks from today. A notice has been issued in this regard. The political parties are asked to submit the formal applications along with the sample of signatures of the office-bearers. The political management section at EC is looking after the registration process.

As per the Constitution of Nepal and Act on Political Parties, any political party willing to take part in the election must be registered at EC.

Along with the formal application, the parties should present party statute, manifesto, regulation, flag, sample of election symbol, arrangement of at least 21 central members in the central committee, and auditing reports of the previous fiscal year.

Similarly, the political parties must have reflected the country’s diversity in their executive committee. The statute and regulation must be democratic and each office-bearer of the party at federal and provincial levels elected once in five years.

Currently, there are 119 political parties registered at EC. Among the political parties which took part in the 2074 BS election, 18 parties had representation at the local level.

The Constitution of Nepal, 2015 had provided in the fundamental rights that Nepali citizens could register political parties. Although the royal coup in 2017 BS banned the political parties, the restoration of democracy in 2047 BS revived this right.