The Supreme Court has refused to issue an interim order in response to a writ filed at the court, demanding the printing of separate ballot papers for the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies.
A division bench comprising judges Deepak Raj Joshi and Purushottam Bhandari yesterday refused to entertain the writ, citing the printing of ballot papers towards the proportional representation (PR) for the first-phase election has already commenced and it holds no meaning to issue the order at this time juncture.
The court cites in the verdict "twin elections have been scheduled for November 26 and December 7 in two phases and the printing of PR ballots started on October 3"
Rastriya Janata Party (RJP) vice chair and parliamentary party leader Sarbendranath Shukla on October 8 moved the apex court, challenging the EC decision to use the same ballot paper towards PR electoral system in both elections.
Likewise, the order states that there is no rationale of speaking about the stay order in response to the application that has been registered when the printing of the ballot papers towards the proportional election system have already been started as per the schedule of the Election Commission .
In the hearings on the writ held on October 10, the Supreme Court had issued a show-cause notice in the name of the defendants and called both sides to a discussion on October 17.
Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Ayodhi Prasad Yadav has urged voters to be assured on the timely holding of the upcoming elections.
Speaking at a press meet organized by the Election Commission yesterday, Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Yadav said that Election Commissions expects help from all quarters for holding the elections in a free, fair, and fareless manner.
Saying that more than 9 million out of needed 18 million ballots for the proportional electoral system have already been printed till now, Dr. Yadav said printing of all ballots will be completed by Oct 24th.
RPP in government for ensuring election: DPM Thapa
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy, Kamal Thapa said that his Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) joined the government for ensuring the election.
Taking charge of his office at the Ministry of Energy yesterday, Thapa, said his party became the part of the government led by CPN (Maoist Centre) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal before this, for ensuring the election.
Stating that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, during meetings with him from time to time, assured him of holding the elections on the stipulated date, Thapa said RPP joined the government at the request of the Prime Minister himself after he got the information that conspiracies are being hatched to put off the election.
He said that the present action plan will continue till the elections, and load-shedding will not be allowed to take place in collaboration with the Nepal Electricity Authority and the ongoing power production projects would be continued.
The RPP has participated in the government for three times after the 2006 political change. He also reiterated that collaboration and unity among the democratic forces has become inevitable after the leftist alliance.