The Election Commission confirmed the vice-presidential candidacy of Janata Samajwadi Party leader Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav.
Mahesh Sharma, an election officer at the Election Officer’s Office in New Baneshwar, Kathmandu, told reporters on Sunday that Yadav’s candidacy will stand as there is no mandatory or binding provision requiring the president and vice president to be of different gender and communities.
Yadav is the common candidate of the 10-party coalition for vice president. JSP has also introduced Pramila Kumari along with Yadav as Vice President.
CPN-UML leader Ashta Laxmi Shakya and Janamat Party leader Mamata Jha had filed complaints against Yadav’s candidacy claiming that only women should be running for the vice-presidency. Shakya and Jha are their respective parties’ candidates for the post.
But the Election Commission has clarified that it is not necessary to cancel Yadav’s candidacy as the candidate is not required to be a woman according to the constitutional provision.