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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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PM Oli returns home

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has returned home on Sunday after completing of a six-day official visit to the People’s Republic of China. PM Oli and his entourage landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu at 10:15.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokharel, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Timilsina and Nepal Communist Party leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, among others, received PM Oli at TIA’s VVIP Lounge.

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Oli had left for China on Tuesday (June 19). He paid the official visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.

During his visit, PM Oli held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, among other Chinese leaders, and signed 14 agreements incluidng a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a railway link connecting Tibet with Kathmandu.

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