KATHMANDU: Five political parties are set to participate in a by-election to the National Assembly members lying vacant in the Bagmati Province.
Spokesperson of the National Election Commission, Raj Kumar Shrestha, shared that the Nepal Workers and Peasants Party, CPN (UML), Nepali Congress, Rastriya Prajatantra Party and CPN (Maoist Center) have registered their parties at the election commission for by-election.
The ballot paper for the by-election will reflect election symbols and serial numbers of the contesting political parties.
As per the ballot paper, CPN-UML will have the election symbol of ‘Sun’ while Nepali Congress has ‘Tree’ as its electoral symbol. CPN Maoist Center has the symbol of ‘sickle and hammer in a circle’. The NWPP has the electoral symbol of ‘Madal’.
The Election Commission has decided to publish in the Nepal Gazette a calendar of by-election to be held on 20 May 2021 for the vacant National Assembly members of the Bagmati Province as per the Clause 48 (930) of the Political Party Act, 2073 BS. It has also decided to determine the election symbol for the political parties which are registered for contesting in the election.
Total voters determined for the by-election are 348 which includes 110 province assembly members and 238 chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of the rural municipalities and mayors and deputy mayors of the municipalities.
According to the commission, the approved voters’ list would be published in the Office of Election Office in Hetauda at 11.00 am on 4 May 2021. Likewise, those missing in the voters’ list can submit their applications for the inclusion of their names from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm on the same day.
The ruling CPN (UML) has already nominated Minister of Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ as their candidate. He had recently switched from CPN (Maoist Center) to CPN (UML).
The name list prepared for the by-election has been posted in the election commission website. (RSS)