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Failure to disseminate info on statute resulted in crisis: Chief Justice Shrestha

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BHAKTAPUR — Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha has said that the present issue surfaced because of failure to disseminate true information related to the Constitution to the people immediately after its promulgation.

Chief Justice Shrestha made this comment at a program ‘Role of Media in Enhancing Access to Justice’ jointly organised by the Access to Justice Commission and Constitutional and Judicial Journalists Forum in Bhaktapur on Wednesday evening.

Though the Constitution has enshrined 31 fundamental rights to the people, the beneficiaries were not well informed about the provisions immediately after its promulgation, he said, suggesting the media to disseminate information to the constitutionally-guaranteed rights to the people.

Noting that the promulgation of Constitution was a remarkable achievement, he said the challenge now is to ensure its effective implementation.

Justice is under the reach of only 5 to 10 per cent people, he said, noting that the many significant cases could not come to the door of the court.

He stressed that judges, journalists and lawyers should move ahead together to increase access to justice.

“I would keep the court free from politics and would not allow politics within the court”, CJ Shrestha asserted, adding, “There should be no politicisation in appointing justices. The tendency of keeping the court under political influence should be put to an end.”

The delay in appointment of judges hampered the settlement of cases on time, he added.

The justice has multiple stakeholders, he said, adding that the time has come to form and mobilise volunteers’ groups to villages to increase public trust on court and increase their access to justice.


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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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