Political Parties Reiterate Commitment to Voting Rights for Overseas Nepalis – myRepublica

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KATHMANDU, March 21: The main political parties have reiterated their commitment to enact legislation as soon as possible allowing Nepalese citizens living abroad to exercise their right to vote. They are confident that Nepalese living overseas will be able to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming elections by issuing unified acts and rules related to the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Addressing a policy dialogue on the suffrage of Nepalis living abroad organized by the non-profit and independent international think tank Nepal Policy Institute (NPI) promoted by the Nepalese diaspora on Sunday evening, party representatives declared that they were ready to make the necessary laws. granting the right to vote to Nepalese living abroad.

At the start of the dialogue, Khagendra Raj Dhakal, Chairman of the NPI, spoke about the international practice of voting for citizens living abroad as well as the party leaders’ commitments to migrant workers in the 2017 election manifesto.

Following the Supreme Court’s order, the Electoral Commission drafted a unified law on the conduct and management of elections and the parties pledged to take it forward after it was tabled in parliament.

Political leaders from various political parties, including Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Pampha Bhusal (CPN-Maoist Centre), former Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat (Nepalese Congress), former Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali (CPN-UML) and former Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav (Janata Samajbadi Party) were present in the discussion.

Similarly, NPI Chairman Dhakal said that Nepalese living abroad want to understand the political position regarding the right to exercise their right to vote. NPI’s study found that there are no legal hassles in ‘e-voting’ and is easier to manage. Citing the recently released NPI policy brief, he said help from independent international organizations could also be sought to ensure easy access, legitimacy and security of the vote.

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