HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Cadres of the Nepali Congress youth wing, Nepal Tarun Dal (NTD), today submitted a memorandum at the Election Commission, pointing that youth aged between 18 and 23 years will be unable to cast their votes in the Constituent Assembly elections scheduled for November 22 in the absence of adequate preparations.
In the CA polls held on April 10, 2008, only those Nepalis, who were 18 or older by December 15, 2006, had cast their votes in line with Part 7, Article 63 (6) of the Interim Constitution. Uday Shamsher Rana, NTD president, said many people, who are 18 or older now, will be barred from voting in the upcoming CA polls.
He said, “The constitutional provision on voting needs to change to allow the youth, who have attained the age of 18 after December 15, 2006, to cast their votes.”
Rana said around 1.8 million youth will be deprived of their voting rights if the constitutional provision is not changed.
Addressing the youth after receiving the memorandum, election commissioner Dolakh Bahadur Gurung said elections cannot take place if eligible youth do not get to cast their votes.
He said, “Elections can take place only after removing technical difficulties. Anyone, who is 18 or above, should be allowed to vote.”
Gurung also reiterated that elections cannot take place till all major political parties are on the same page.