Women candidates for deputy posts

Bajura, June 7

Most of the political parties have decided to nominate woman candidates for the posts of deputy mayor and vice-chairpersons of local levels in the upcoming civic elections in Bajura.

The existing provision has made it mandatory that a woman has to be nominated for the post of either chief or deputy chief in the elections for municipalities and rural municipalities.

The three major political parties, the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre have, however, recommended female candidates for the post of deputy chairs and deputy mayors.

Bajura has four municipalities and five rural municipalities. In all these local levels, females have been recommended for the post of deputy chief.

CPN-UML Bajura District Committee member Rukhmani Shah said that her party had decided to give tickets to females for the post of deputy chief. Shah said her party has decided to field male candidates for top posts as they are more influential than female candidates.

NC Mahasamiti member Juna Dani said that her party had limited female candidates to the post of deputy chair and deputy mayor. The CPN-MC has decided to nominate female candidates for the posts of vice-chair for rural municipalities and deputy mayor for municipalities.

CPN-MC leader Mahesh Shahi said his party had not nominated any female candidate for the post of mayor and chair.

Women rights activist Mina BK said women had failed to come forward as they were limited to the second position for elections.