Court denies interim order

Kathmandu, May 3

The Kathmandu district court on Thursday paved way to hold the congress and elections of the All Nepal Football Association on the scheduled day, May 5.

President of Kanchanpur District Football Association President Ganesh Bahadur Chand, who is also the vice-president candidate from Mani Kunwar panel, had on Wednesday moved the court demanding the postponement of the ANFA congress and elections slated for Saturday.

The single bench of justice Ramesh Raj Pokharel denied the interim order as demanded by the petitioner. Justice Pokharel said the election committee could resume the process and there was no need to issue interim order to stop the elections of the ANFA.

“As the process was postponed due to the interim order of Patan High Court after announcing the final list of candidates, the election committee has the right to resume the process when the court has vacated the order,” said justice Pokharel.

The election committee had postponed the congress and elections process set for March 28 after Patan High Court issued an interim order reacting to the writ petition filed by Bhaktapur and Makawanpur FAs.

ANFA President Narendra Shrestha said the congress and elections process would go as per the schedule. “Everything has been planned and we are moving forward as per the schedule,” said Shrestha.

The Kunwar-led panel has been demanding the restart of the election process as per the ANFA statute after the election committee resumed the process and announced the date of the congress and elections.

“Nowhere in the world the election committee announces the dates of the congress and elections. It is sad that the ANFA did not follow the statute. I am the senior vice-president of ANFA and one of the two candidates for the post of president, but I came to know about the election dates through media,” said Kunwar at a press meet on Tuesday. “The executive committee should decide the date and venue and notify all members 60 days prior to the congress.”