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Age bar set for candidates competing for NSU posts

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, August 5

Nepali Congress-aligned Nepal Students’ Union cadres exceeding 32 years will not be allowed to contest for any post in the student union’s central committee.

The NC directive committee today finalised the NSU statute, barring student leaders above the age of 32 years from contesting for any post during the student union’s 12th national general convention.The practice of student leaders engaging in student politics until nomination to the party’s central committee will come to an end with this decision.

UP Lamichhane, spokesperson, NSU, said it was an exemplary decision and should also be followed by other student unions.

“The party has also adopted the provision of ‘one person one post’,” he said, adding, “If any person contests for a certain post in the convention, his/her previous position will be automatically be scrapped.”

As per the amended statute, the NSU will have a 151-member central committee with one elected president, 13 vice-presidents — seven elected from seven provinces, two from inclusive quota and two nominated — and three general secretaries (one elected and two nominated).

Likewise, 16 joint general secretaries — seven elected from seven provinces, four from inclusive quota, three nominated and one each from backward areas and the Kathmandu Valley — and a treasurer will be elected as per the statute.

The amended NSU statute states that if the central committee fails to hold another national general convention within two years, it would automatically be dissolved within three months.

Lamichhane said, “The provision will put pressure on the NSU central committee to hold its convention immediately after two years.”

As per the previous statute, if the CC failed to hold a convention within two years, the mother party could extend its deadline.

He further said that all preparations were over and more than 60 per cent of around 3,400 representatives had arrived in Kathmandu for the convention.

The three-day convention will take place at Bhrikutimandap from August 7.

A version of this article appears in print on August 06, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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