Electoral Commission instructs not to register men’s candidacy for vice president

The Electoral Commission has instructed not to register applications from male candidates for the position of vice president.

The Election Commission meeting on Friday directed the Election Official’s Office to register the nomination of only women other than Khas-Arya. “The Constitution establishes that the gender of president and vice president must be different. The Election Commission has instructed accordingly,” Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Thapaliya told . “The women of the Khas-Arya community are also unable to submit a nomination as Ram Chandra Paudel of the community was elected president yesterday.”

Nominations for vice president are due Saturday.

The Election Commission’s instruction means Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) parliamentary party leader Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav, who was elected as the JSP candidate on Thursday, cannot become the common coalition candidate for vice president.

Eight parties, including the Nepal Congress (NC), CPN (Maoist Center), Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP), CPN (United Socialist), Loktantrik Samajwadi Party (LSP), Janamat Party, Rastriya Janamorcha and the Nagarik Unmukti party have already decided to give the deputy post of JSP.

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