Parliamentary PR result only after NA poll: EC

KATHMANDU: Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav said today that result of parliamentary proportional representation election would be announced only after completion of National Assembly election.

Addressing an interaction here, CEC Yadav said the result of parliamentary elections was associated with the result of NA election.

“We’ll send the result of parliamentary PR election to the parties, once the result of NA election is out,” said Yadav. He said the poll panel had already completed seat allocation of parliamentary PR election but would keep it confidential.

According to the CEC, once NA election is held, the EC would direct parties to submit lists of PR candidates ensuring at least 33 per cent women representation in the Parliament. “We’ll fix the number of seats for women parties have to include in their PR lists before asking them to send lists,” he said.

Stating that the result of the parliamentary PR election was associated with NA election as per Section (8) of Article 84 of the constitution and Election of Members of House of Representatives Act, Yadav said the poll panel would follow the constitution and laws related to elections.

He said CPN-UML leaders who criticised the poll panel for not unveiling parliamentary PR election results did so due to ignorance of the system and laws. UML leaders, including Subas Chandra Nembang, had criticised the chief election commissioner for keeping parliamentary PR results secret.

CEC Yadav added that EC officials had asked Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to announce NA election date and appoint provincial heads immediately. He said the EC had been doing necessary preparation for holding NA election. “We’ll submit a report on NA and parliamentary elections to the president within 30 days of the announcement of NA poll date,” Yadav said.

He said provincial assembly members, who comprise the electoral college for NA election, would be eligible to vote only after taking oath of office and secrecy from the provincial head of their respective province.

The election body said it would unveil the calendar of NA election after the government’s announcement of the poll date. The EC has already published notice asking parties to register with it to contest NA election.

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HoR PR results, after National Assembly Election: CEC Yadav

KATHMANDU: The Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Pradad Yadav has asserted that the House of Representatives Proportional Representation results will be made public only after holding the National Assembly Election.

Speaking at an interaction programme in the Capital today, CEC Yadav warned parties that Election Commission won't refrain from taking actions against any party involved in changing names of shortlisted PR candidates for Provincial Assembly.

Yadav shared that the Election Commission is investigating into matter pertaining to changing of short listed PR candidates for the Provincial Assembly.

"Parties are required to submit previously submitted shortlisted PR candidates list as per the EC guidelines. Political parties do no have right to change the order of the already submitted shortlisted candidates, it would be against the law and EC guidelines," Yadav Shared.

He also clarified that the Election Commission's district secretary and District Election Officers are investigating into the matter.

Yadav reiterated that the Election Commission will make public the House of Representatives Proportional Representation results only after holding the National Assembly Election.

Yadav further said HoR PR results will be made public based on the results of the National Assembly Election.

"According to the Constitution, Parliament should have 33 per cent of women participation, after National Assembly Election, the required number  of women would be determined which will be full filled from the HoR PR category," CEC Yadav explained.

National Assembly and House of Representatives constitute 334 members of which 33 per cent should be filled by woman combined in HoR and National Assembly Election, as per the constitutional requirement, Yadav added.

"Legally, the Election Commission is liable to make public all elections related results within 30 days after declaration of holding National Assembly Election, EC is working accordingly," CEC Yadav shared.