Three candidates likely to run for vice president from ruling coalition

Published On: March 11, 2023 12:31 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 11: There will be three candidates from the ruling coalition for the Vice President election to be held on March 17.

As the ruling parties failed to agree on a consensus candidate during the 10-party meeting held on Saturday, there will be three candidates from the ruling coalition itself. Among the 10 parties, JSP is going to nominate one man and one woman and Janamat Party is also going to nominate Mamata Jha as a candidate.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Janamat Party Chairperson CK Raut said that there will be three candidates from the coalition. There is a possibility to have three candidates from the coalition.

Raut said that there is a situation of two candidates from JSP, “The Election Commission has made a decision that women should be candidates in the Vice President election. It was said that we should field the candidacy of women as far as possible and not take the risks. Because the Election Commission has made a decision quoting Article 38 of the Constitution, Janmaat Party will nominate Mamata Jha as Vice President on that basis,” Raul said.

But Raut claimed that Jha will be the sole candidate from the ruling coalition by tomorrow. The Election Commission has said that since a man has become the president, the vice presidential candidate should be a woman. Article 70 of the Constitution states that the President and Vice President should be of different gender or community.

But the EC has also mentioned Article 38 (4) in the directive, which states that women will have the right to participate in all state bodies based on the principle of proportional inclusion. 

JSP has already decided to make Ram Sahaya Prasad Yadav a candidate. But since there is a male candidate already, it is said that JSP will field candidacy of a female candidate as well. Discussions about women candidates are pending in JSP.

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