NRNs will get the right to vote: Foreign Minister Mahat
January 15, 2017 01:29 PM NPT
By: Hom Lamsal
NEW YORK, Jan 15: Foreign Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat has said that the government is committed to providing the Non-Resident Nepalis (NRNs) the right to vote in elections in Nepal. Though there are technical problems in providing such right to NRNs at present, efforts are being made to tackle such problems, he said.
Speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of the 5th Annual General Meeting of NRNA National Coordination Council USA on Saturday, Dr Mahat said, “As the Nepalis with green cards and PR status are very much Nepali citizens, they should be allowed to vote in elections in Nepal.”
Noting that the NRNA has grown in a relatively short period of time, the foreign minister urged the Nepali diaspora to invest in the development of the country.
Addressing the program, Vice-president of NRNA and special guest of the program, Kumar Panta said Nepalis no matter where they are need to be united for the country’s development. “I urge all NRNs to get united to achieve the dream of a prosperous Nepal,” he said.
Mayor of the City of Ellis, Angeline Juenemann, Nepali Congress central member Kalyan Gurung, NRNA America region coordinator Pashang Lama, among others, had spoken on the occasion.
Representative from all the 17 chapters of NRNA NCC USA and Nepalis living in Europe, USA and Canada were present in the program.