‘Letter of Petition’ along with ‘Recommendations’ Submitted to National Election Commission (NEA) to Make a Gender Friendly Election Laws!!

With the initiation and coordination of Jagaran Nepal, a ‘Letter of Petition’ along with recommendations was submitted to National Election Commission (NEA) on 31st August, 2016. A team of 12 activists from different women rights organization (Jagaran Nepal, Nepal Disabled Society, CWIN Nepal, Himbanti Nepal, FWLD, FEDO and Women Environment Protection Committee), Women Networks (Women Security Pressure Group and Women in Policy Alliance), and Media personnel jointly submitted the recommendation. The purpose of this program was to influence the election law making process (NEA is currently developing a draft election law/Act) and create a collective pressure to ensure that upcoming election laws and processes are women friendly.

While receiving the recommendation, Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Ayodhee Prasad Yadav, expressed that it is necessary to ensure women’s equal participation in Ward and Village level in order to ensure their equal participation at central level. ‘National Election Commission will not register the parties having no equal participation of women’ said Dr. Yadav. He also reiterated that Commission will send back to any political parties without women’s equal participation which finally create an obligation for that. He informed to the delegation team that Election Commission already discussed with political parties to draw their attention for women’s proportional representation in their party structures. He further informed that Election Commission has already passed GESI policy and he is much optimistic and can believe that women’s representation would be increased in the upcoming elections.  

In the program, Ms. Sharmila Karki, Chairperson of Jagaran Nepal, stated that out of 165 electoral constituencies, it should be ensured that at least 33% women’s are elected. Similarly, Ms. Karki recommended to NEA only to register the political parties having 33% women’s participation in each structure. 

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