KATHMANDU: As the government and the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) of major political parties are facing problem to convince the agitation parties to join the electoral process, the Election Commission (EC) has also been facing legal hurdles, which may contribute for delaying the election slated for November 19.
The Supreme Court on Friday delivered a stay order against the Election Commission asking the latter as to why the election symbol of RPP-Nepal, a cow, was placed in the ninth position, instead of third, in the ballot paper.
Acting upon a writ petition filed by RPP-Nepal chairperson Kamal Thapa, justices Kalyan Shrestha and Baidyanath Upadhyay delivered the order which has decreed the Commission to furnish reply shortly at the apex court.
Thapa, in the petition, had argued that the party was registered third with the Election Commission and therefore, deserves to be placed in the third position in the ballot paper. “The EC’s move is against the practice of placing the electoral symbol as per the order of their registration,” said the petition.
The legal hurdle might create woes to the Commission, which already has been facing pressure to prepare for the November election as the political parties have not been sensitive towards the election time-frame prepared by the commission.
The commission has been facing problem as it is already the time for printing the ballot paper but the political parties are still holding negotiations with different poll opposing groups and trying to drag them in the electoral process, which is very difficult for the commission to adjust with. The HLPC recently requested the government to bring necessary amendment in the Interim Constitution to adjust their agreement with different poll opposing groups. With the political parties and the government still not concentrating on polls, it seems that the election in November is almost impossible despite lip services of the political parties.
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