Nepal’s Supreme Court rejects plea for holding polls on Nov 22

November 16th, 2007 - 4:24 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, Nov 16 (ANI): Nepal’s Supreme Court has rejected the plea seeking issuing of directions to the government to hold elections on the earlier decided date of November 22.
The single judge apex bench turned down the plea, saying that holding elections on a prescribed date is more of a moral question rather than a legal one.
Judge Kalyan Shrestha ruled that it cannot direct the government to hold elections and the state is accountable for it.
The apex bench upheld the decision by the Supreme Court registrar to refuse to register a writ petition demanding that the court direct the government to hold the election.
“The court cannot intervene in such issues because it is not a justiciable issue,” Nepalnews quoted the court, as saying.
M S Thapa Magar of Samabesi Morcha had moved the court stating that the government should be directed to hold the Constituent Assembly election on November 22 as fixed earlier.
The Nepal Election Commission last month suspended the November 22 polls without announcing new dates for the elections.
The postponement followed the request from the Nepal Government to the Election Commission for postponement of the elections after the seven parties failed to break the political deadlock that emerged after Maoists stuck to their demand for immediate abolition of monarchy and elections based on proportional representation. (ANI)

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