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Incumbent President Bhandari, NC leader Rai in race for presidency

Bhismaraj Ojha, KATHMANDU: Candidacies of incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Nepali Congress leader Kumari Laxmi Rai have been registered for the election of President scheduled for coming Tuesday. According to the Office of Election Officer set up on the premises of the Federal Parliament Building at New Baneshwor in view of the presidential election, it has registered the nominations of Bhandari and Rai for the post of president. Both ladies are from Bhojpur, a district in the eastern Nepal and part of Province 1.
The election of a new President shall take place from 10:00 am to 15:00 pm on March 13. Today was fixed for filing the nomination.
As ensured by the Article 70 of the Nepal’s Constitution-2015, President and Vice-President of Nepal are be from different sex or community. The elections of a President, Vice President, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, and Chair and Vice-Chair of the National Assembly are taking place, following the formation of the Federal Parliament of Nepal.
The code of conduct, in view of the election of a President, has come into force from today with the registration of candidacies for the post. According to Election Commission Spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal, the code of conduct shall be applicable for all government bodies and people.
According to Article 61 of the Constitution, there shall be a President and vice President of Nepal and the President shall be the head of state of Nepal and she or he shall perform her or her functions in accordance with this Constitution and the Federal law and main duty of the President is to abide by the constitution and act as its patron.
The term of office of the President shall be five years from the date on which he or she is so elected and a person who has already been elected twice as the President shall not become a candidate in the election to the President.
Being qualified to become a member of the Federal Parliament, having completed the age of at least forty five years, and not being disqualified by any law are qualifications demanded by the Constitution for being a President of Nepal.
The Article 66 which is about functions, duties and powers of President states that President shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as conferred to him or her pursuant to this Constitution or a Federal law. In exercising the powers or duties, the President shall perform all other functions to be performed by him or her on recommendation and with the consent of the Council of Ministers than those functions specifically provided to be performed on recommendation of any body or official under this Constitution or Federal Law. Such recommendation and consent shall be submitted through the Prime Minister.
Article 62 of the Constitution has the provision of presidential election. Members of Federal Parliament and Provincial Assembly are the voters for the election. There is different in the voting weightage of members of Federal Parliament and Provincial Assembly as per the Federal Law.
The voting weightage of Federal Parliament member is 79 while it is 48 for Provincial assembly member. As per the Constitution, the candidate garnering majority votes of the total cast vote would be elected to the post of President.
Spokesperson Dhakal said that an electoral college consists of 880 members of House of Representatives, National Assembly and Provincial Assembly. Names of three National Assembly members nominated by the President on the recommendation of the government as well as a member of House of Representatives, Rajeev Gurung, have not been included in the voters list.
The election would take place at New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building. The EC has determined that expenditure ceiling for election publicity of President and Vice-president. The candidate of President and Vice-President can spend up to Rs 400,000. The registration of candidacy was free. RSS

Published Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2018 | 12:46 AM

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