Kathmandu, GEFONT has submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission (EC) demanding to ensure Voting rights for Nepali migrant workers from abroad in the upcoming election. A team from GEFONT met the chief commissioner of the commission Mr. Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya and handed over the memorandum.
Reminding that the Supreme Court is still debating the issue of dissolving the House of Representatives on the recommendation of the government and announcing the date of the election for fresh mandate,memorandum has mentioned that it is the responsibility of the Government of Nepal and the Election Commission to make arrangements for all Nepalis to express their views in the event of a mid-term election or a regular election after the court's decision.
It also recalled that the Supreme Court has issued a directive order on 21 March 2018 to make necessary arrangements to ensure the voting rights of Nepali voters outside Nepal. On that basis, GEFONT has demanded to make arrangements for voting from abroad.
Receiving the memorandum, Chief Commissioner Mr. Thapaliya said that every Nepali has the right to participate in the election and informed that the law is being amended to make arrangements in this regard.
Handing over the memorandum, GEFONT Vice President Cde. Jitendra Shrestha expressed confidence that the Election Commission would address the request made on behalf of millions of Nepali Migrant Workers.
To submit the memorandum, A team including Dr. Binda Pandey head of GEFONT, Trade Union Policy Institute, head of GEFONT Resource Center Cde. Bina Shrestha were in Election Commission.