Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Candidates for PR are submitted by parties

Parties must select from the PR lists they previously provided to the EC. Parties are required to adhere to the cluster guidelines from the top when choosing PR candidates.

Today, the electoral commission received a list of PR candidates from political parties that have gained seats in both the House of Representatives and provincial assemblies. The Nepali Congress Central Working Committee debated which candidate to choose from the PR list until 9:45 p.m. The CWC meeting of the party is currently taking place, and the EC is awaiting the NC’s final list.

In the coming two days, parties may modify the PR list. In a letter sent to parties on Thursday, the EC gave them three days to submit their list of PR candidates. Parties must select from the PR lists they previously provided to the EC. Parties are required to adhere to the cluster guidelines from the top when choosing PR candidates. They are unable to choose names at random.

After receiving the central committees’ approval, the CPN-UML and CPN-MC submitted the names of their PR candidates to the EC. Under the PR election system, a total of 110 candidates are chosen for the House of Representatives and 220 are chosen for provincial assemblies.

UML chose 22, NC chose 29, and CPN-MC chose 12. The HoR must include 33% women, according to the constitution. This means that parties must select the necessary number of women candidates from their PR lists if they are unable to guarantee the victory of an adequate number of female candidates under the first-past-the-post election system.

Under the indigenous nationalities cluster, the CPN-UML chose Devi Prasad Bhatta Chand, Hemraj Rai, Kaluram Rai, Nainkala Thapa Magar, Surya Kumari Shreshta, Urmila Thebe, Ishwar Gharti, Rana Kumari Balampakimagar, Shanti Shrestha, and Sarswati Subba.

The Khas Arya group included the selections of Raghuji Panta, Eknath Dhakal, Dayal Bahadur Shahi, and Menuka Kumari Pokharel, Sarita Bhusal, Shobha Gyawali, Bijula Rayamajhi, Nirmala Koirala, Samjhana Thapaliya, Deepa Sharma, and Sunita Baral.

In a similar manner, the Tharu cluster chose Ashma Kumari Chaudhary and Shanti Chaudhary, while the Dalit cluster chose Ishwar Bahadur Rijal, Prabhu Hajara Paswan, Chandra Bahadur Bishwakarma, Rukmani Rana Baraili, and Harkamaya Bishwakarma. From the Madhesi cluster, Ganga Prasad Yadav and Amritraj Lalbanshi, Bina Devi, Amrita Devi Agrahari, and Pratiksha Tiwari Mukhiya, as well as Saraj Ahmad Farakhi from the Muslim cluster, were chosen. The names of the PR candidates were announced to the media by UML leader Prithvi Subba Gurung.

Twelve of the 14 PR candidates chosen by the CPN-Maoist Center are female, while two are male. They are Hitraj Pandey, Gyanu Basnet Subedi, Bimala Subedi, and Narayani Sharma from the Khas Arya cluster, Rupa Soshi Chaudhary from the Tharu cluster, Ranendra Barali, and Sushila Shripali Thakuri from the Dalit cluster, and Durga Rai, Mina Tamang, Urmila Majhi Paudel, and Chhiring Lyamu Tamang from the indigenous nationalities cluster.

Mina Yadav, Umarawati Devi, and Kalpana Miya were chosen by the CPN-MC, respectively. The Rastriya Swatantra Party also chose the names of all 13 PR candidates.

The party picked Chanda Karki, Dol Prasad Aryal, Nisha Dangi, and Binita Kathayat for the Khas Arya group, Santosh Pariyar and Shiva Nepali for the Dalit cluster, Dhaka Kumar Shrestha, Indira Rana Magar, and Sumana Shrestha for the indigenous nationalities cluster, and Laxmi Tiwari and Manish Jha for the Madhesi group.

In a similar vein, the party chose Ashim Shah for the Muslim group and Ashok Kumar Chaudhary for the Tharu tribe. The HoR and provincial assembly now have PR seats for fourteen political parties.

Seven parties have gained PR seats in the House of Representatives, including the NC, UML, CPN-MC, Rastriya Swatantra Party, RPP, Janata Samajwadi Party-Nepal, and Janamat Party.

The Khas Arya cluster has chosen Pashupati Shamsher JB Rana, Roshan Karki, and Gita Basnet; the indigenous nationalities cluster has chosen Buddhiman Tamang and Bina Lama; the Madhesi and Dalit clusters have chosen Bina Jayswal and Anisha Nepali.

The list of PR candidates from the Janamat Party, which gained five seats in HoR, was also turned in. The party has chosen Goma Sapkota under the Khas Arya group, Abdul Khan under the Muslim category, Sonu Murmu and Binita Kumari Singh under the indigenous nationalities cluster, and Anita Sah under the Madhesi cluster. All parties, with the exception of the NC, had submitted their lists of PR candidates by the evening, according to Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya.

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