NHRC calls for ensuring proportional representation of women in local election

Published On: April 21, 2022 07:55 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 21: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the bodies concerned to amend acts and rules that contradict to proportional inclusive provisions of the Constitution and make them human rights-friendly. 

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Commission Spokesperson Dr Tikaram Pokharel urged the government, legislature and all political parties to ensure women's proportional representation at all local levels by allocating them at least a position of mayor and deputy mayor and chair and vice chair at local level in the May 13 local election. It may be noted that Article 38 (4) of the Constitution has ensured women's participation in all state bodies as per the proportional inclusive provisions incorporated in the constitution. 

As the five-party coalition in the government has agreed to forge an electoral alliance for the poll, at some local levels, there might be possibilities of male candidates fighting for both positions of mayor and deputy mayor and chair and vice chair against the spirit of the constitution, says the human rights watchdog.



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