KATHMANDU, August 24: The Rastriya Prajatantra Party Democratic (RPP-D), an offshoot of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party, has filed application for registration with the Election Commission on Wednesday. The application comes two days after the apex court ordered the election body to register the new party.
RPP-D lawmaker Babina Moktan Lawati said that the party has completed due process for registration with the EC. She said that the registration process started Tuesday.
"We have provided all the required documents. We will hopefully receive a registration certificate on Thursday," said Lawati, who is close to Rana.
Earlier, RPP-D leader Pashupati Shumshere Rana went to court after the EC refused to register the party questioning authenticity of the signatures of the party leaders.
Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav confirmed that that the party has been registered with the election body.
"We had summoned all the central committee members whose names the applicant had included in the application to verify if the signatures were real. There was no need to verify as the SC has recognized the signatures list," said Yadav.
In a letter sent to the EC before the new party applied for registration, RPP Chairman Kamal Thapa had notified that Rana had forged signatures to show support of 40 percent central committee members to form another party.
However a single bench led by Tej Bahadur KC on Monday issued a ruling in favour of Rana giving recognition to the list of signatures submitted by the faction.
In multiple twitter messages, RPP Chair Thapa lambasted the apex court and the EC for registering the party. RPP-D leaders claims that the party has support of 20 lawmakers and 72 central committee members.