According to party sources and data from the Election Commission’s website, nine politically influential families in Nepal have fielded more than one candidate for the country’s House of Representatives election on Sunday.
Senior leaders have listed family members, whether spouses or sisters or daughters-in-law, as candidates for the federal election, party sources said.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, contesting the election from Dadeldhura -1 constituency, has put forward his wife Arzoo Deuba as a candidate under the proportional electoral system.
Pushpakamal Dahal “Prachanda”, Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Center (CPN-MC), fighting from Gorkha -2 constituency, has his daughter-in-law Bina Magar from Kanchanpur – 1.
Similarly, Barshaman Pun’s wife, Onsari Ghartimagar, is campaigning for the House of Representatives elections from Kathmandu -2 constituency. Pun, who belongs to the CPN-MC, fights from the Rolpa constituency.
Similarly, Shankar Pokharel of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninists, fighting from Dang–2 constituency, deployed his sister Menuka Pokharel.
Balkrishna Khand, Interior Minister of Nepal, and Devendra Poudyal of the CPN-Maoist Center have placed their respective husbands Manju Khand and Balawati Sharma under the proportional system. Khand is contesting from Rupandehi -3 constituency and Poudyal from Baglung -2 constituency.
Raghubir Mahaseth of CPN-UML who fights from Dhanusha -4 has his wife Juli Mahato who fights from Dhanusha constituency -3 while Mahantha Thakur of Lokatantrik Samajwadi party who fights from Mahottari constituency -3 are daughter has drafted Meenakshi Thakur.
Janata Samajwadi Party leader Ashok Rai from Sunsari-1 has enlisted his wife Sushila Shrestha.
More than 17.9 million people are eligible to vote in seven provinces in the Himalayan nation.
Of the total of 275 members of the federal parliament, 165 will be elected by direct vote, while the remaining 110 will be elected by proportional method.
Similarly, out of a total of 550 members of the Provincial Assembly, 330 will be directly elected and 220 by a proportional method.
The elections will be important for Nepal to consolidate the democratic process and maintain stability in the landlocked Himalayan country.
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