UML contests EC decision on re-polling in Bharatpur 19

KATHMANDU: The main opposition CPN-UML on Saturday has decided to seek all kinds of remedy including the legal recourse against the decision of the Election Commission to hold re-polling in Ward No 19 of Bharatpur Metropolitian City.

Earlier today, the Commission, issuing a press statement, has ordered the Chief Returning Officer of Chitwan district to conduct re-polling in the ward, following the tearing of "90 ballot papers" with votes by the cadres of the CPN Maoist Centre on May 28, which has brough the counting of votes to the standstill.

The meeting of the UML parliamentary party at Singhadurbar concluded that the party would protest the decision. The party Char KP sharma Oli accused the Commission of taking the decision under the pressure and influence of ruling parties and the governement.

"This decision to encourage those involved in an election offense does not suit democratic norms and values," he said.

The UML has been obstructing the House demanding the resumption of the counting of votes in the metropolis.

Meanwhile, though the election process for a new prime minister at the Legislature-Parliament has started with the Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba registering his candidacy, the sole candidate for the post, on Saturday itself, Chair Oli, however, claimed that the process has not begun and entered the business of the Parliament as the House is still obstructed, adding there is no point in taking part in the election for a new prime minister at this juncture by the UML.

(With inputs from Rastriya Samachar Samiti)