KATHMANDU: The Parliamentary Hearing Committee of the Federal Parliament here today unanimously endorsed Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya for the post of the Chief Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN). Today’s meeting of the Committee approved Thapaliya’s name after he presented his vision, plans and programmes once he would assume the position, shared Committee Chair Laxman Lal Karna.
The meeting of the Constitutional Council held on March 25 had recommended secretary at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development Thapaliya for the post of Chief Election Commissioner to the Committee for the parliamentary hearing.
On the occasion, Thapaliya pledged to expand the Election Commission’s structure to all the local units and to keep up with the faith of parliamentary committee pinned on him. “I will prioritize works such as holding elections for the vacant post of the House of Representative, Provincial Assembly and local units, formulation of laws on elections, making the Commission technology-friendly and election frugal.”
Furthermore, Thapaliya vowed to address the issues arising on free, fair and credible election. Stating that it was imperative to enable an environment where the defeated candidate in the election would also feel honoured, Thapaliya argued, “It is very important to make people believe that one can contest election and win it without spending a fortune on it.”
There were six complaints filed against proposed Thapaliya, one being the member of a political party. The Committee today itself had asked for reasons and told to prove the allegations against Thapaliya.
The Committee also unanimously approved proposed Bishnu Maya Ojha as the member of the National Inclusion Commission.
Earlier, Ojha had presented her vision, action-plan and programmes to the Committee.
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