SC issues show cause notice to govt

Kathmandu, September 8

The Supreme Court today issued a show cause notice on a writ petition filed by four advocates, demanding that the government make public its work plan relating to all three levels of elections and announcement of election dates.

The order was passed by a single bench of Justice Ananda Mohan Bhattarai. The petition was filed recently by advocates Chandra Kanta Gyawali, Liladhar Upadhyay, Bimal Gyawali and Shashi Karki.

The SC asked the defendants to submit their written reply within 15 days on why an order should not be issued as demanded by the writ petitioners.

The court has given the case a priority.

Petitioner Gyawali said they have said in their writ petition that provincial, local and general elections should be held before January 22, 2017 but the government had not made public its election work plan, neither had it made legal and other structural preparations for the same.

Gyawali said they had also demanded formation of Federal Commission and Constituency Delimitation Commission to determine the boundaries of the provinces and election constituencies respectively.

The petitioners have named the government and the leader of principal opposition as defendant in the case.