January 24, 2017 05:10 PM NPT
By: Durga Dulal
Legislature-Parliament building (Republica file photo)
KATHMANDU, Jan 24: Two Bills - the Bill Designed to Amend and Integrate Laws Related to the Works, Duties and Responsibilities of the Election Commission-2016 and the Bill Designed to Amend and Integrate Laws Related to the Voters List-2016 – have been presented before the Legislature-Parliament meeting on Tuesday.
The State Affairs Committee presented its report relating to the election of local bodies to the House.
Tabling the Bills, Committee President Dil Bahadur Gharti Magar said the Bills have been tabled in the House along with revisions after long discussions.
The presentation of the Bills will pave the way for holding the election when the government is preparing to conduct the local poll, he added.
The House meeting scheduled for 2 pm tomorrow will endorse the Bills.
Speaking during the zero hour, lawmakers including Asha Ghimire, Asha Koirala called on the government to immediately announce the date for local elections and provide cash relief for the earthquake victims.
The meeting which started at 3 pm had ended at 3:45 pm.
On Monday, the State Affairs Sub-Committee (SAC) under the Legislature-Parliament had tweaked the some provisions in the election-related Bills, according to which the government should announce the election date in consultation with the Election Commission (EC).
Similarly, the meeting of the SAC held in Singha Durbar also had made it mandatory for the political parties and election candidates to submit the expenditure details within six months of the election. Those failing to submit the expenditure details will be barred from taking part in the elections for six years, said the revised Bill.
The revised Bill has also fixed the ceiling of election expenditure of Rs 500, 000, stating that those who spend more than the ceiling will be penalized with a fine equivalent to the expenses incurred during the course of elections or of Rs 500,000.