More women candidates vying from major parties under FPTP in second phase

11/02/2017

  

Kathmandu, Nov. 2: The major political parties that selected very few women candidates for the first phase of the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies have given ticket for more women candidates in the second phase.
Out of 128 constituencies, 15 women candidates have filed their nomination from three major political parties on Thursday.
Only three women are contesting the polls in the first phase from the three major political parties, namely Nepali Congress (NC), CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Centre).
Seven women candidates have filed their nomination from NC, five from CPN (UML) and three from Maoist Centre for the second phase of elections.
NC candidates Sita Gurung, Kiran Yadav, Maha Laxmi Upadhyay 'Dina', Ambika Basnet, Sushila Chaudhari, Ishwari Devi Neupane and Dr Arju Rana are contesting the polls in the second phase of polls to be held on December 7.
Likewise, Pabitra Kharel, Bhagawati Chaudhari, Manju Chaudhary, Padma Kumari Aryal and Garima Shah have filed their candidacy from the CPN (UML).
Similarly, CPN (Maoist Centre) has given ticket to Pampha Bhusal, Urmila Aryal and Bina Magar in the second phase of polls.
In Kailali-1, two women candidates from major parties are contesting the polls. NC's Neupane and UML's Shah would be contesting the polls from the same constituency. Prior to this, Neupane and Shah were the lawmakers under the proportional electoral system.
Furthermore, Komal Oli, who had recently joined the UML by quitting the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), has also filed her nomination as an independent candidate from Dang-3 while Rangila Saha has filed her candidacy from Dhanusha-3 as an independent candidate.
After the parties' failure to allocate more constituencies for women in the polls, the political parties should elect more women from the proportional electoral system to meet the minimum 33 per cent of seats for women in the House as ensured by the constitution.
Bhusal, who is also the Maoist spokesperson and candidate from Lalitpur-3, said that her victory was almost sure adding that she had won the election from the same constituency in the first Constituent Assembly (CA) polls held in 2064 BS.
Bhusal added that her victory was needed to give the message that women are capable for taking country's leadership as well as to raise the voices for women's rights.
Likewise, NC candidate from Makawanpur-2, Dina said that the women in the constituency are excited from her nomination and claimed that her victory was sure. Kiran Bhattarai, RSS

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