SC: Hold FSU election within three months

- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu
SC: Hold FSU election within three months

Apr 21, 2015-

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday directed Tribhuvan University (TU) to hold the Free Student Union (FSU) election within next three months.

A division bench of Chief Justice Ram Kumar Prasad Shah and Justice Cholendra SJB Rana issued the verdict in response to the case filed by Bimal Pokharel, chairman of All Nepal National Free Student Union (Sixth).

Earlier on February 27, the SC had issued an interim order that invalidated the tenure of FSU officials. The TU had been extending the term of the FSU officials after failing to conduct the election on time.

TU has postponed the date of election for three times owing to non-cooperation from the student unions. Pokharel had filed the case at SC, seeking court intervention after TU postponed the election that was called for June 2014.

The biennial election has not taken place since 2009.

The election called for 1 June 2014 was called off for the third on May of that year after 18 student unions, led by the UCPN (Maoist)-affiliated All Nepal National Independent Student Union-Revolutionary, resorted to protest demanding cancellation of the election accusing the TU administration of working in favour of the student bodies that represent the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML and announcing the election date under their pressure.

The poll slated for February 2012 was postponed after the student unions close to different political parties were divided over the election modality, as some advocated for first-past-the-post (FPTP) while the others were for introducing proportional system. The election announced for June 2013 was also cancelled as the student unions affiliated to three major parties—NC, UML and UCPN (Maoist)—were found enrolling hundreds of fake students to secure their win.

 The TU, treading the middle path, has decided to adopt mixed electoral system where half of the total officials will be elected through proportional system and the other half through FPTP.

The TU authority has said that it is ready to hold the FSU election as directed by the apex court. Ganga Bahadur Thapa Magar, chief of Department of Student Welfare and Sports, said the polls slated earlier had to be postponed because of the student unions. “TU is always ready and want to see newly elected representatives in our colleges,” he said, adding that three months time is enough to prepare and conduct the polls. There are currently 60 constituent and around 1,100 affiliated colleges under TU.

Published: 22-04-2015 09:14

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