Nepali Congress to finalise local poll candidates by April 20

KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress has finalised procedures to select its candidates for the May 14 local level elections.

The party's Central Working Committee meeting concluded on Tuesday late night finalised the procedures to pick the candidates for wards, rural municipalities, municipalities, sub-metropolitan cities and metropolitan cities, according to a statement issued by the party's Central Office Chief Secretary Krishna Prasad Paudel.

According to the procedures set, candidates for wards of all local bodies and the local bodies themselves would be selected by respective constituency committees if the units would lie within a single constituency.

Likewise, candidates for local bodies covering more than one constituencies would be selected by the district committees upon recommendations of the lower level committees.

At both the levels, lawmakers of the party representing the concerned constituencies and candidates of the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections would also be involved in the selection process.

The constituency and district committees have been asked to furnish the Central Office with the candidates' names verified by the concerned district presidents by April 20.

The party, meanwhile, decided to keep its local committees intact as elected from the 13th convention last year, meaning they would not be restructured in line with the new local level structure for now.

However, "coordination committees" would be formed in newly formed rural municipalities, municipalities, sub-metropolitan cities ad metropolitan cities comprising representatives and leaders of existing local committees.


Other decisions

Meanwhile, the CWC meeting held for three consecutive days decided to take initiatives to endorse the Constitution amendment bill stuck at the Parliament.

The party would hold discussions with other parties in the Parliament for the same.

Likewise, the party appointed CWC members Gopal Man Shrestha and Chitra Lekha Yadav as chairs of the Discipline Committee and the Audit Committee respectively.

The meeting demanded that the government immediately ensure that survivors of the 2015 earthquake get relief as committed.