Local representatives should resign to contest polls: SC

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Kathmandu: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday maintained that local-level representatives should resign before filing nominations in the upcoming local-level elections.

A joint bench of Justices Tej Bahadur KC and Til Prasad Shrestha annulled the writ petition filed by Chairman of Helambu Rural Municipality Nima Gyaljen Sherpa.

Sherpa, in his writ, had claimed that the local level will be rendered headless if the provision in the Election Code of Conduct is implemented. He had argued that the constitution has not envisioned local bodies sans elected representatives.

Sherpa had moved the apex court demanding to annul provision in the Code of Conduct readied by the Election Commission arguing it to be illegal. In a preliminary hearing, the court had issued an interim order.