Wednesday, March 14, 2007

NOC defy court, hold elections

The Nepal Olympic Committee defied the Patan Appellate Court orders and held its elections on tuesday.
The court on Monday had ordered to postpone the scheduled elections until the next hearing on march 16 while hearing the writ petition filed by Kishor Bahadur Karki, president of the Nepal Shooting Association (NSA). But the international supervisors — Michel Filliau of International Olympic Committee and Haider Farman of Olympic Council of Asia — scrapped the disputed NSA from the voters list and held the elections.
Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan was unanimously elected the president for the next four-year term along with deputy general secretary Deep Raj Gurung and treasurer Upendra Keshari Neupane. The elections were held for four vice presidents, general secretary and seven members.
The newly-elected president said that he was unable to postpone the elections despite the orders from the court. “We did not disobey the court orders, but we held our elections as per our schedule and putting aside the disputed association,” he said. He also said that he was happy to hold the elections in democratic way unlike previous years when the NOC elections used to be held in a closed doors.

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