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NCP statute bars office bearers from serving more than two terms

Ram Kumar Kamat

Kathmandu, June 18

The interim statute of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) finalised by the party’s statute drafting committee has proposed that office bearers of any party committee from lower to central committees will not be allowed to serve more than two terms.

Member of interim statute drafting committee Beduram Bhusal said that the new statute has provisioned that any leader including the party chair, vice-chair and general secretary cannot serve more than two terms. “If any leader wants to serve more than two terms, then s/he should serve in a different position than the one held in the past. If a leader has served as party chair twice, then s/he cannot contest for the same post for the third time,” he added.

Bhusal said the interim statute was not clear as to whether the two terms will be counted from the new general convention or from the current tenure. Currently Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal are chairpersons of the party.

Asked if the interim statute would remain unchanged till the next general convention of the party, Bhusal said that the Central Committee of the NCP (NCP) could change any provision of the stature if it so desired.

Bhusal said that former CPN-UML had developed a practice of not allowing party leaders to serve more than two years, and therefore, they decided to incorporate the provision in the interim statute. “We have adopted this provision for two reasons: First, a person who has served two terms cannot add anything new and second, the party should also allow junior leaders to climb up the ladder of party hierarchy,” he added.

Interim statute of the party also proposed to have eight layers of committees from the central committee to local committees. Bhusal said that the new structure was in consonance with the state structure created as per federal system. Interim statute of the party also authorises the party to form smaller units of the party in rural and municipal areas as per the need.

 


A version of this article appears in print on June 19, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.


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