Upholding SC verdict, Election Commission scraps Oli-Dahal’s NCP, revives erstwhile CPN (UML) and NCP (Maoist Center)

Published On: March 9, 2021 04:08 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 9: A couple of days after the Supreme Court (SC) issued a verdict scrapping the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) registered in the name of KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the Election Commission (SC) has decided to uphold the court’s verdict and revive the two parties --  Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist and Leninist) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center).

A meeting of the election body on Tuesday decided to scrap the NCP with the registration number 145 in its record and inform the Chairman of the CPN (UML), KP Sharma Oli and the chairman of CPN (Maoist Center), Pushpa Kamal Dahal about the latest decision.

A notice regarding the poll body’s recent decision will also be published in the Nepal Gazette scrapping the earlier notice published on June 6, 2018.

The EC also asked Sandhya Tiwari, the chief of CPN (UML) and Gopal Kirati, the chairman of CPN (Maoist Center) to propose new names and election symbols within 15 days. These two parties were formed and registered at the EC after the former parties led by Oli and Dahal decided to merge.

Issuing a verdict on Sunday, a joint bench of justices Kumar Regmi and Bam Kumar Shrestha ruled that the Nepal Comunist Party belonged to Rishi Kattel who had filed a writ petition claiming the name of the party.

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