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EC instructs three parties to correct PR list

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KATHMANDU — The Eclection Commission has instructed three political parties — Nepali Congress (NC), CPN (Maoist Centre) and Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) — to correct their Proportional Representation (PR) lists of candidates submitted to the EC to be elected to the House of Representatives after the election body has found mistakes on the list.

The EC on Monday wrote them to correct the list by 5 pm Wednesday (February 14).

“Among the three parties, the NC made mistake in the naming the candidate to be elected from backward areas while the Maoist Centre made mistake in choosing candidate from disabled community,” said an EC official adding, “The RJP-N made mistake in selecting candidate from Khas Arya community.”

Out of the total five parties, had obtained seats in the Lower House under PR category, for crossing threshold of three percent votes, other two parties — CPN-UML and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal — have submitted the correct list, according to EC Spokesperson Navaraj Dhakal.

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The five parties shared 110 PR seats. The UML received 41 seats followed by NC with 40. Maoist Centre received 17seats while RJP-N and Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum Nepal received six seats each.

The EC on February 9 had given them a three-day deadline to submit the list of candidates to be elected by Monday.

The Election Officer can write to the parties to correct the list provided by any party if it fails to ensure representation of 33 percent women in the bicameral federal parliament and proper representation of different communities as per the population as mentioned in the directive, as per the clause 35 of Directive on PR Election to House of Representatives.

The parties also cannot elect candidates from lower order from certain community as long as there is candidate in the upper order from the same community.

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President summons the first Federal Parliament meeting for March 5

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KATHMANDU — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has called for the first ever Federal Parliamentary meeting on March 5, 2018 at the International Conference Center, New Baneshwor.

President Bhandari has summoned the meeting as per Article 93 (1) of the constitution, a press release issued by the Office of the President said.

275 members, directly elected and those elected on basis of proportional representation system, constitute the Federal Parliament. House of Representatives and National Assembly jointly is called the federal parliamentary.

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The first federal parliament is being held after over two months since the House of Representative elections were held.

The election for the President is scheduled for March 9.

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