Politics

NFP calls for electoral reforms

Progress towards genuine parliamentary democracy can be achieved if the recommendations of the Multinational Observer Group (MOG) and Electoral Commission are implemented. National Federation Party (NFP) Leader Hon. Biman Prasad said this in his submission to the Parliament Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights last week. PRASAD: ” The recommendations are too important to […]

Staff Writers

July 19, 2016 9:26 am

Progress towards genuine parliamentary democracy can be achieved if the recommendations of the Multinational Observer Group (MOG) and Electoral Commission are implemented.

National Federation Party (NFP) Leader Hon. Biman Prasad said this in his submission to the Parliament Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights last week.

PRASAD: ” The recommendations are too important to be ignored by any Government, especially one that consistently preaches about international best practices, true democracy and common and equal citizenry.”

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National Federation Party Leader and Opposition member Hon. Biman Prasad at Parliament earlier today. (Allison Penjueli/Newswire).

Hon. Prasad added that this could then be thoroughly scrutinised and debated in Parliament.

PRASAD: ” If Government truly believes in common and equal citizenry and the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, it should have no hesitation in accepting the recommendations of the MOG, which observed the elections in strict compliance with Government’s Terms of Reference. “

The MOG report highlighted the need for an amendment to the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding & Disclosures) Decree and changes to the Electoral Decree.

Prasad said that NFP might be prompted to reconsider standing for the next election if recommendations are not heard.

PRASAD: ” Any deviation from the recommendations would render the 2018 general elections meaningless and may also prompt the NFP to re-consider its participation in the next elections under the current regressive and draconian decrees and constitutional provisions relevant to conduct of elections.”

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