SC issues order to register writ petition against local elections

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Kathmandu: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an order to register a writ against local polls. A single bench of SC Justice Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada issued an order to register the writ petition related to local election, shared SC Spokesperson Baburam Dahal.

According to him, the writ petition was earlier rejected on February 9. “It is rationale to resolve the issue relating to the tenure of local level office-bearers by interpreting constitutional and legal provisions through judicial review”, reads the apex court order.

“It is not appropriate to settle such issue relating to the constitution and law by rejecting the application at an administrative level without bringing this to the judicial process”.

It may be noted that Mayor of Bhangaha municipality of Mahottari, Sanjeev Kumar Sah had attempted to register a writ petition demanding not to conduct local elections in a single phase. He argued that the conduction of the local election announced for May would deprive them to complete the constitutionally-stipulated five-year term.

The government had decided to hold the local election on May 13. The civic poll was held in three phases earlier in 2017. In the past election, the civic poll was held late on 16 June 2017 in the then Province-2, recently named Madhes province.

Dahal informed that the writ petition of Mayor Sah would now be registered with this.

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