Ordinance allows splitting of political parties with support of 20 pc lawmakers, central members


The Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government has introduced an ordinance to amend the Political Parties Act 2017, easing the procedure for political parties to split.

It has been learnt the new ordinance is inclusive of some provisions that serve to facilitate party split.

The new proposed amendent stipulates that for a new party to be registered at the Election Commission, it requires 20 percent support either in parliamentary party or in party's central committee.

In the same manner, the new ordinance will guarantee greater political freedom to the elected representatives at local and provincial levels.

As per new provision, the people's representatives at provincial or local levels can change their party by notifying the concerned assembly within 21 days of the split of political parties.

The President, however, is yet to issue the ordinance.