House panel endorses Thapaliya for chief election commissioner

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Apr 18, 2019-

The Parliamentary Hearing Committee has endorsed Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya for the post of chief election commissioner. The committee approved his name after a hearing on Wednesday.

The Constitutional Council had recommended former secretary Thapaliya for the post that had been lying vacant after the retirement of Ayodhee Prasad Yadav. Prior to this, Thapaliya had served as secretary at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration.

During the parliamentary hearing, lawmakers of the opposition Nepali Congress raised questions over his eligibility for the post accusing him of having allegiance to the ruling Nepal Communist Party.

Thapaliya presented his plans for reforms in the commission and electoral system once he is appointed to the post. He pledged to hold a free and fair election, ensure voting rights to the Nepalis living overseas.  

Thapaliya expressed his commitment to make the Election Commission ready for holding elections anytime and conduct the by-elections within the next three months.

Defending the complaints lodged against him, Thapaliya said he worked according to the law and mandate of the government. Five complaints were lodged against Thapaliya accusing him of discrimination during the integration of civil servants in federal and provincial level, and working against the spirit of the

constitution.

Likewise, the committee also endorsed Bishnu Maya Ojha as a member of the National Inclusion Commission.

Published: 18-04-2019 11:14

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