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EC to register voters even without having citizenship certificate


KATHMANDU: There is good news for those who do not have citizenship certificate as they would be eligible for casting vote in the upcoming elections of the Constituent Assembly (CA).

The Election Commission (EC) has started registering eligible voters into the newly adopted biometric system even without citizenship certificate which was mandatory for enrolment earlier. The Commission has relaxed its registration process by accepting voter roll used in the 2008 CA elections or official certificates bearing the name of a person applying for registration according to media reports.

EC officials lamented that they were forced to update the voter roll even without citizenship cards after the major political forces took the decision “undermining the constitution” in an ordinance formulated to remove constitutional hurdles before forming the incumbent interim election government.

“We were forced to take this decision after major political parties demonstrated maximum flexibility in updating the voter roll for the upcoming elections,” The Kathmandu Post daily quoted Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety as saying.

The EC, which reportedly started registering voters without citizenship certificates from the very beginning of the promulgation the election ordinance, has issued a public notice after the Madhes-based parties pressurized for it. The EC directive has a provision to update the voters registered in the 2008 voter roll into the new voter roll even without the national ID. However, the recommendation of local authorities mainly officials at Village Development Committees and municipalities is required before they are enrolled into the new voter list. In November 2011, the Supreme Court had ordered the government and the EC not to issue new voter-ID cards without citizenship certificate.

The 2007 voter roll was updated on the basis of a land revenue certificate or any identification paper issued by a public institution or an educational institution in case of someone without a citizenship certificate.

Out of the total 17.6 million voters registered in the 2008 CA election, only 15.5 million cast their votes. The EC has so far registered over 12 million voters for the upcoming CA elections. The commission has a target of registering 12.5 voters by mid-July, the deadline set for the voter roll update. Of the total voters registered with photo and finger prints, over 18,000 were reportedly found to have been repeated in the recent registration.

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