Wednesday, January 25, 2006

RPP (Rana) to Move SC Against EC Decision

Kathmandu, Jan 25 - The Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) led by Pashupati SJB Rana is moving the Surpeme Court (SC) “soon” challenging the decision of the Election Commisison (EC), which on Tuesday froze the party’s election symbol, plough.

The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday barred both the establishment of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and its rival faction from using plough as their election symbols.

Following an extended debate at its head office involving both the RPP establishment and the newly formed ‘RPP’ led by Home Minister Kamal Thapa the commission announced the decision this evening, dismissing the claims of both sides over the election symbol.

The EC heard arguments from both sides after the Patan Appellate Court, deciding on a case filed by the RPP establishment under Pashupati Shumsher Rana, shifted the responsibility to decide the legality of the rival parties and as well as the row over the election symbol to it.

The EC, however, did not comment on legality issue concerning the RPP factions.

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