KC to clarify vote rigging charge

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 2, 2013-

The Constituent Assembly Court on Monday asked Bal Bahadur KC, the Nepali Congress first-past-the-post candidate for Solukhumbu, to attend the court in person within 10 days of receiving the order and to furnish a written reply on the charges levelled against him of booth capture and electoral fraud.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Kalyan Shrestha will then decide whether a stay order as sought by the petitioner is necessary. UCPN (Maoist) direct election candidate Gombu Sherpa, who is the plaintiff, charges that KC seized a booth and that the administration indulged in malpractices.

Sherpa states that ballot-counting went ahead without the presence of his agents as they were debarred from visiting various police stations where ballot boxes were kept for some hours.

Complaint is also that a UCPN (Maoist) voter, who is physically challenged, was not allowed to be accompanied by a person of choice to assist in polling at the Jubu Janakalyan Higher Secondary School centre.

The complainant also alleges that a proxy voter cast the ballot at the Necha Batase Himalayadarshan Higher Secondary School centre. Sherpa maintains that at least three empty ballot boxes were found at the counting venue.

The Maoist candidate claims that the District Election Office did not pay any heed to the complaints filed by the Maoist party against others regarding the violation of the election code of conduct.

Published: 03-12-2013 09:27

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