Friday, January 12, 2007

Lawyers Set to Choose Their Leaders
Around 9,000 lawyers across the country are set to cast their vote to elect new leadership of the Nepal Bar Association on Saturday.
According to central member of the NBA Tika Ram Bhattarai, 9194 lawyers will cast their votes on Saturday. Lawyers will elect 17-member executive body for the next three years. NBA’s current president advocate Shambhu Thapa’s team will complete its tenure after two months.
Senior advocate Bishwokanta Mainali is leading the progressive panel while senior advocate Basanta Ram Bhandari is leading democratic panel.
According to chief election officer of the NBA, Speaker Subas Nembang will not cast his vote this time. He has informed the NBA election office that will not exercise his voting right this time as he is currently holding a public post. Nembang is a professional lawyer and was elected general secretary of the NBA a couple of years ago.Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula and State Minister for Labour and Transport Management, Ramesh Lekhak, Attorney General Yagya Murti Banjade and some MPs are yet to inform whether they will cast their votes or not. But Lekhak has recently transferred his polling centre from Dhangadi to Kathmandu.There will be regional polling centres in main cities like Biratnagar, Jhapa, Rajbiraj, Janakupur, Hetaunda, Pokhara, Butwal, Dhangadi, Mahendranagar and Dipayal along with sub-centres.
Advocate Hari Prasad Uprety is contesting for the post of vice-president from Central Development Region and Raman Shrestha is contesting for the post of General Secretary from the progressive panel. Advocate and Law Professor Purnaman Shakya is contesting for the post of vice-president and Upendra Keshari Neupane is contesting for the post of General Secretary from the democratic panel in the central development region.

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