August 1, 2017 01:15 AM NPT
The main opposition CPN-UML has concluded that the Supreme Court's decision to conduct re-election in Bharatpur Metropolitan City Ward No 19 has disrespected the people's mandate and the party is worried about the verdict setting a wrong precedent.
Endorsing a special proposal, the standing committee meeting of the party on Monday stated that the court decision is unfortunate. Reiterating that the ballot-tearing incident was deliberate and the vote counting center was not captured, UML has claimed that the court's decision to conduct re-election has left the party worried.
"The decision has disrespected the people's mandate and also made us worried, and this could set a bad precedent," reads the statement.
The party has appealed to the voters of Bharatpur-19 to do justice to the UML's mayoral candidate. UML candidate for mayor Devi Gyawali was leading the vote count when two Maoist representatives tore 90 ballot papers when the vote counting was underway at midnight on May 28.
Vote-counting had been halted following the incident and the UML's candidate for ward committee chair challenged the Election Commission's decision to conduct re-poll in the ward. Issuing its final verdict on Sunday, the court ordered the government to hold a re-poll in the ward stating that the ballot-tearing incident can be taken as seizure of the vote counting place.
Subsequently, UML leaders had used the social media to express their discontent over the apex court's decision to hold re-election.