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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.

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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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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