Murder convicts cannot contest polls: SC
The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the government and the Election Commission (EC) to not allow convicted persons from contesting Constituent Assembly elections.
A special bench of Justice Susheela Karki, Girish Chandra Lal, and Prakash Wosti issued an order to this effect on Thursday in response to a writ petition filed at the SC against the Prime Minister´s Office and the EC demanding that the murder convicts as well as those against whom charges of heinous crimes have been framed by a court of law be debarred from contesting the CA polls.
The SC also scrapped the September 23 stay order by SC Justice Tarka Raj Bhatta that effectively allowed murder convicts to contest elections.
The latest SC verdict has now barred all murder convicts, including UCPN (Maoist) leader Bal Krishna Dhungel, to file candidacy for the November 19 election to the second Constituent Assembly. Nepalnews.com