Candidates contesting National Assembly elections file the nominations

Candidates contesting National Assembly elections file the nominations

The candidates contesting for the January 23 upcoming National Assembly elections have filed their nominations on Sunday.
The candidates fielded their candidacies at the offices of Election Commission in the respective province headquarters.

In Kathmandu, BeduramBushal and Ganga Belbase of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, Hari Sharan Shrestha and ChaliKumariSherma of main opposition Nepali Congress and Krishna BhadurTamang and Gita Kafle of Nepal Workers’ Peasant Party registered nominations for the NA elections.

Following the registration of his candidacy, NCP’s BeduramBushal told that he will play an impulse role to bring reforms in the process of formulating the country’s laws through the upper house.

Likewise, another candidate Ganga Belbase of NCP vowed to play a vital role in the country’s policymaking through parliament.
Similarly, a candidate from Nepali Congress Hari Sharan Shrestha maintained that he will be working to promulgate appropriate laws for the country. He said “I will raise my voice against the government’s autocratic moves,”

The candidates were asked to make registered their nominations from 10 am to 3 pm today in their respective provincial capitals.
Given the polls, two major political parties—Nepal Communist Party and Nepali Congress have previously announced their candidates for the election. Both parties have forged an electoral alliance in an attempt to counter each other.

NCP and RJPN have come up with an understanding to assist each other in the election to counter the rival alliance of NC and Samajbadi Party.

The Election Commission is holding the election on January 23 to elect 18 upper house members. The terms of 19 incumbent members are expiring on March 3.
Amongst them, 18 members will be elected from the political parties. As per the constitution, the president will nominate one member on her own.

Lately, the upper house members were elected by a single transferable voting system. Out of the 59 seats in the upper house, NCP had then secured 42 seats, including three nominated by the president.

Among the 59 members in the upper house, 19 have a tenure of two years, 20 have four-year tenures and the rest have six years, according to upper house regulations.

Amongst the 19 outgoing members, nine are from the NCP, seven from Nepali Congress, two from Rashtriya Janata Party Nepal and one from Samajbadi Party.

This time, the EC is electing the members on a majority basis. NCP, which commands the majority in the local and provincial assemblies, is likely to bag most of the upper house seats in the election.

In a bid to counter NC-led alliance, it has fielded 16 candidates whereas the party has pledged to assist two candidates from RJPN.

In a bid to counter NC-led alliance, it has fielded 16 candidates whereas the party has pledged to assist two candidates from RJPN.
As per the EC, a total of 2056 voters will vote in the January 23 election.

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