SC asks why women were denied one-third candidacy

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Kathmandu, Oct. 30: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought written responses from the agencies, including the Election Commission, on why the women were denied one-third election candidacies for the coming Constituent Assembly.

A single bench of Justice Girish Chandra Lal issued an order asking the bodies to furnish written responses within November 8 and submit it at the SC for hearing on November 10.

Editor at the Manchitra monthly, Tika Devi Bhandari, had filed a writ petition at the SC on Monday, complaining that the political parties fielded only 10.98 percent women candidates for the CA election which was against constitutional provision that there should be at least one-third women candidates. She further said the EC also published whatever the parties submitted, and demanded the SC to issue an order for the parties to meet the criteria.

She had made defendants to the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Ministry of Law and Justice, Constituent Assembly and Parliamentary Affairs, and the Election Commission.

The EC had published the final list of election candidates on November 25 where there were only 10.98 percent women (667) out of the total 6128 candidates. RSS

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