Monday, December 25, 2006

41 candidates in fray for Bar poll

A total of 41 candidates are in the fray in the election of the Nepal Bar Association Central Working Committee going to be held on January 13, 2007.

The election is taking place for total 17 posts including one President, five Vice Presidents, one General Secretary, one Treasurer and nine Members.

As per the final name list published by the Nepal Bar Association Central Election Committee, 2006, four candidates have filed their nominations for the post of President.

Accordingly, senior advocate Basanta Ram Bhandari from the Democratic group, senior advocate Bishwakanta Mainali from the progressive and professional group and advocate duo Trilochan Gautam and Taranath Dhungana from among the independents have filed heir nominations for the post of president.

Similarly, a total of 11 nominations have been filed for the post of one Vice President from each of the five Development Regions. Among the 11 nominations filed so far, three are from the Eastern Development Region and two each from the Central, Western, Mid-western and Far-western Development Regions.

Mrs. Ishwari Dahal who had given her candidature for the post of Vice President from the Central Development Region as an independent withdrew her name today.

Similarly, Upendra Keshari Neupane, Raman Kumar Shrestha and Shyam Bahadur Shahi have filed their candidature for he post of General Secretary from the Democratic group, Progressive and Professional group and independent respectively.

Prabhat Adhikari has filed his nomination for the post of Treasurer from the Democratic group and Sabita Bhandari Baral from the Progressive and Professional group.

In the same manner, a total of 21 persons have filed their nominations for the post of Members. Of the total 21 candidates, nine are from each of the two groups and three are independents. Three of the candidates are women.

According to Komal Prakash Ghimire, Chief Election Officer of the Bar Election Committee, the total number of voters is 9,500 including the senior advocates, advocates and para-legals.

Arrangements would be made for some 40 polling centres throughout the country for the election that will take place on the same day. The Bar election takes place every three years for the election of a new Central Committee.


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