KATHMANDU, September 3: A group of prominent civil society leaders has urged political party leaders to select honest, trustworthy and challenging candidates for the upcoming parliamentary and provincial polls.
Launching a joint appeal in the wake of all parties making preparations to nominate the party’s candidates for the parliamentary and provincial elections scheduled for November 20, the prominent civil society leaders said that the selection of candidates for the elections, who are capable, efficient and have the necessary expertise to represent their constituents, is essential for the effective functioning of parliament. They urged the political parties to ensure that no tainted personalities are nominated as candidates for the elections in order to preserve the integrity of parliament.
The call from prominent civil society leaders comes at a time of growing concern that top political party leaders often choose candidates based on their loyalty to them rather than their personal integrity, their skills and expertise. The local committees of all the main political parties have started to send the central committee the nominations of their candidates for the next polls. A few days ago, the local committee of the Nepalese Congress (NC) had recommended Aftab Alam, who is on trial for allegedly burning people alive in a brick oven, as the party’s candidate in the Rautahat-2 parliamentary elections.
Those who made the call are Kedar Bhakta Mathema, Binoj Sijapati, Daman Nath Dhungana, Bhoj Raj Pokharel, Mohna Ansari, Rameshwor Prasad Khanal and Dr. Rita Thapa. Birendra Prasad Mishra, Rita Thapa, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Stella Tamang are also among those who made the call.
Civil society leaders have expressed concern over the growing tendency of senior party leadership to choose election candidates based on vested political interests to consolidate their grip on the party. They argued that the tendency of political leaders in power to rule the country to suit their own interests or those of their coterie has created disappointment and frustration among the people of the country.
While stating that people are becoming more and more disappointed with the political system itself due to such tendency of the rulers, they urged the political parties to take note of such situation and take necessary initiatives to steer the country’s policy in the right direction in the upcoming elections.