MuAN hands over power to secretary

Kathmandu, February 27:

The Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN) today handed over its executive power to the executive secretary of the association citing that the “so-called elected representatives of municipalities did not represent the urban people in the true sense”.

MuAN, which was established in 1993, is an umbrella organisation representing all 58 municipalities across the country.

“We have decided to hand over the executive power to the executive secretary of the association as the so-called elected members of the municipalities do not represent the people in true sense and most of the representatives have already tendered their resignation shortly after being declared elected,” said president of Association Dormani Poudel in his statement. He said the association would become active only after the local bodies were elected in a democratic environment.

Poudel who was the mayor of Hetauda Municipality claimed that only four to five per cent of the urban population voted in the municipal elections held on February 8 although the Election Commission claimed that the voting stood at 21 per cent and more than 20 per cent of the total votes cast were declared invalid.

Meanwhile, the Association released a book — Itihas Dekhi Bartaman Samma — which highlights the jobs the association carried out in the past 12 years, particularly in the field of good governance and decentralisation. The book stresses that democracy will never be strengthened unless the local bodies are empowered by law.