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Court facilitates citizens to vote from foreign land

Pratigya Waiju

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KATHMANDU—Supreme Court has issued a mandamus order to the government to ensure the voting rights of all the Nepali living abroad.

The implementation of the decision will enable more than four million Nepalis living in different parts of the world for employment, study and diplomatic assignments to exercise their rights.

However, the decision will not apply to Non-Resident Nepalis.

According to the statistics, more than four million Nepalis are living and working in different parts of the globe. Majority of them are concentrated in the Gulf countries, sending some billons of rupees in remittance.

However, the election regulations require citizens to cast their vote from their official place of residence, disenfranchising migrant workers.

“Make all necessary arrangements for ensuring the voting rights of all Nepalis living abroad,” reads the SC verdict. Nepalis who have not abandoned their citizenship, not received the citizenship of any other country, hold the voter identity card issued by the Election Commission, and have his/her name on the lists updated by a diplomatic mission should be allowed external voting, the SC ruled.

The court directed the government to acknowedge the contribution of the citizens working abroad to Nepal’s econonomy by making it possible for them to vote.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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