November 24: The Election Commission (EC) has called upon political parties not to distribute their memberships to the sitting professors, teachers and officials working in the state-owned bodies or state-owned autonomous bodies of the federal, provincial and local governments.
The EC has also stated that its attention has been drawn to the election of teachers, officials and professors as the representatives of the political parties in their national conventions. The EC has suggested that the political activities should be carried out in line with the prevailing laws.
Issuing a press statement on Tuesday, EC Spokesperson Shaligram Poudel said that the Clause 14 (2) of the Act on Political Parties, 2073 BS has a clear provision that the sitting officials of the Government of Nepal, provincial governments and local level or the professors, teachers or officials under the state-owned or state-owned autonomous institutions cannot become members of political parties. The EC further stated that the political parties too cannot distribute their membership to the individuals holding such public positions.
The commission has also mentioned that if the political parties were found electing public position holders as their officials, their positions would not be updated from the EC.
Likewise, the EC has directed its district election offices and province election offices to remove the name of the public position holders from the list of the political parties' committees. -- RSS