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Supreme Court issues directive order to allow Nepali migrants to vote

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court has issued a directive order for the External Voting Rights of Nepali Migrant Workers.

A joint bench of Justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Purushottam Bhandari issued the directive order in the name of Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) and other ministries concerned including Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Election Commission.

Law and Policy Forum for Social Justice (LAPSOJ) had filed the Public Interest Litigation Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court on April 27, 2017 demanding the legal mechanism to ensure the voting rights of Nepali migrant workers abroad.

The top court of the country, considering the significance of the case, had issued the show cause notice on the case on May 4, 2017 and the case was placed under priority hearing.

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Over 4 million Nepali voters are said to be living in 110 different countries.

The directive order issued by the Supreme Court would provide an opportunity for the Nepali migrant workers abroad to take part in the Public affairs of their nation and choose their representatives.

Advocates Barun Ghimire, Anurag Devkota, Hari Phuyal, Alok Pokharel and Kedar Dahal argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of the applicant organization.

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RJPN splits in its anniversary, disgruntled leaders form new party

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KATHMANDU — A dissatisfied leaders of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJPN) including Vice Chairman Ashok Kumar Yadav announced on Friday that they have quit the party to form a new party under his leadership.

Organising a press conference at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Friday, Yadav and 32 other members left the party and announced a new party named Rastriya Janta Party (Loktantrik). According to which Ashok Kumar Yadav is appointed as a coordinator, Ritesh Kumar Singh, deputy coordinator and Jeevan Shah as general secretary.

Subash Chandari Biraji and Jeevan Sah have been appointed as General Secretaries in the 11-member ad hoc committee while Sadhana Yadav and Lakki Sharma as Secretaries, Madhu Maya Yadav as Treasurer and Dipendra Yadav as spokesperson.

Likewise, Dharma Raj Gupta, Bipana Acharya and Sambhu Pandit are the members of central ad hoc committee.

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Coordinator Yadav accused the party leadership of remaining indifferent in piling pressure on the government to amend the constitution.

Saying that Madhes is still lagging behind in terms of development, Yadav said the Rastriya Janata Party (Democratic) will focus its activities on development.

LAst year on the same day on April 20, 2017,six Madhes-based parties — Mahantha Thakur-led Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Rajendra Mahato-led Sadbhawana Party, Mahendra Yadav-led Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Sharat Singh Bhandari-led Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party and Rajkishor Yadav-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum- Ganatantrik and Anil Jha-led Nepal Sadbhawana Party– had announced their unification to form Rastirya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).

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