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An 8 Party Delegates Meet the Chief Election Commissioner

-Appeal Letter submitted for respective election symbols in local elctions

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December 20, Kathmandu-

An eight-party combined delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner Honourable Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya at his office, and submitted an Appeal Letter today.

The parties clarified their concern that the Election Act 2073 (Article 26 Clasue 6-7) which denies the parties which have not crossed the threshold and thus not attained the status of a national party, the right to use their election sysmbol in the local elections, is discriminatory, anti-constitutional, and totally against the spirit of multiparty democracy.

The Appeal Letter was signed by the representatives of the parties respectively. Ajeeta Rai- Deputy-chair, Nepal Bibeksheel Party; Swagat Nepal- Chair, Advanced Democratic Party; Balaram Prajapati- Deputy chair, Root and Locus Party; E. Deepak K. Shah- Deputy chair, Janamat Party; Bidur Adhikari- Spokesperson, Janajagaran Party Nepal (JPN); Rabindra Mishra- Chair, Bibeksheel Sajha Party; Om Prakash Kharel- Spokesperson, Sachet Nepali Party; Devendra Prakash Paudel- Genereal Secretary (Mahamantri), Nepali Congress (BP).
After receiving the letter, and while interacting with the delegates, the Chief Commissioner expressed his commitment to amending the Act, and said he is sensitive to the spirit of party system. He also agreed that even the Election Commisskon is burdened unnecessarily becaus eof the provision as it is unsure which individual candidate gets whatever symbol.
The parties have taken this step so as to create a momentum to achieve a fair and free election, the conveners said.
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