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Mission against Khas-Aryas’ proportional representation
Mar 21, 2018-
The European Union Election Mission has asked Nepal to consider removing Khas-Aryas from the inclusion quota under the proportional representation (PR) electoral system as the community is already well-represented.
Election laws require representation of 31.2 percent Khas-Aryas. It is in line with Article 84 of the constitution, which talks about ensuring representation of Khas-Aryas, along with other communities, in proportion to their population through the PR system.
However, the EU Election Mission said
representation of a well-represented group arguably contravenes international standards of equality, as affirmative action measures are foreseen only as a means to promote equality.
“Review the impact of the quota system on the ethnic composition of the House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies and ensure the measures of affirmative action apply only to groups that are the subjects of negative discrimination,” the EU report said.
Anne Marlborough, a legal analyst at the EU Mission, said civil society members pointed out that Khas-Aryas are well represented in the first-past-the-post electoral system, raising concerns whether they should share the PR seats too.
The EU Mission’s comment on the quota has irked the poll authority. “It would have been better for the EU to have raised this issue in other forums, instead of the report to be submitted to the EC,” said Election Commissioner Sudhir Shah.
However, Marlborough defended the comment saying they are mandated to speak on the issue as Nepal is a party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Conven-tion on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. (PR)
Published: 21-03-2018 07:23