SC issues order to register earlier rejected writ petition on local election

Published On: February 17, 2022 08:54 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an order to register a writ petition on civic poll. A single bench of SC Justice Iswar Prasad Khatiwada issued an order to register the writ petition related to local election, shared SC Spokesperson Baburam Dahal. 

According to him, the writ petition was earlier rejected on February 9. "It is rational to resolve the issue relating to the tenure of local level office-bearers by interpreting constitutional and legal provisions through judicial review," reads the apex court order. 

"It is not appropriate to settle such issues relating to the constitution and law by rejecting the application at the administrative level without bringing this to the judicial process." 

Mayor of Bhangaha Municipality of Mahottari, Sanjeev Kumar Sah had attempted to register a writ petition demanding not to conduct local election in a single phase. He argued that the plan to hold local elections on May 13 would deprive them of completing the constitutionally-stipulated five-year term. 

The government has decided to hold the local election on May 13. The civic poll was held in three phases earlier in 2017. In the past election, the civic poll was held late on 16 June 2017 in the then Province-2, recently named as Madhes province. 

Dahal informed that the writ petition of Mayor Sah would now be registered for hearing.



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