Kathmandu, October 29
Lawyers and politicians have accused the Election Commission of making confusing statements regarding the types of ballot papers.
Rastirya Janata Party-Nepal leader Laxman Lal Karna said the EC first announced it was printing single sheet of ballot papers for provincial and parliamentary polls but today it stated that it would print two types of ballot papers. “EC is a constitutional body and should not make such confusing statements,” he said. He added that the contradictory statements of the EC had eroded public faith and confidence in the constitutional body entrusted with the duty of holding free, fair and impartial elections.
Senior Advocate Mithilesh Kumar Singh said the EC’s recent statements were like a vehicle driver turning a left indicator on but taking a right turn. “If a constitutional body like the EC does not tell the public the truth, who will do so?” he wondered.
He said, “If the EC did not receive the copy of the SC order on Wednesday, it should have gone to the court and got it and should have complied with the court’s order. No country in the world prints single sheet of ballot paper for both provincial and parliamentary elections.”
Advocate Gopal Krishna Ghimire said although the SC had not issued interim order in the first case filed by RJP-N leader Sarvendranath Shukla, the EC had to take that order seriously, as the SC had stated in that order that it expected the EC to seriously consider printing separate ballot papers for provincial and parliamentary FPTP elections.
“The court had used the word seriously and it had told the EC that provincial and parliamentary elections were governed by separate laws. The EC should not have violated the SC’s order,” he added.
A version of this article appears in print on October 30, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.