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The Election Commission of Nepal asks parties to field women candidates in polls

KATHMANDU: The Election Commission (EC) of Nepal has urged the political parties to ensure women’s candidacy in all posts contesting in the May 14 local level elections.

“I, in person, request all political parties and their leaders to ensure women candidacy in all posts as far as possible,” said Chief EC Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav.

All people want a type of rural municipality and municipality led by women, said Yadav while speaking at a programme on the topic of ‘strengthening women’s leadership and representation’ organised in Kathmandu on Thursday by the EC with the financial aid from the United Nations Development Programme.

He also informed that the EC has prioritised deploying as many as women government employees for the polls.

Nepal’s Constitution has made it compulsory to ensure 40 per cent representation of women in local level elections — an increment from 33 per cent from the previous provisions.

Click here to read the full article published by the Himalayan Times on 20 April 2017. 

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