KATHMANDU, Nov 25: Five women candidates have been elected to the House of Representatives (HoR) in the elections held on November 20. According to the data of the Election Commission (EC), women candidates were elected from five constituencies across the country till Thursday evening. According to the EC, Sobita Gautam of Rastriya Swatantra Party was elected from Kathmandu-2 and Toshima Karki from Lalitpur-3, Bidya Bhattarai of CPN-UML from Kaski-2, Rekha Sharma of CPN (Maoist Center) from Dang-2 and Ranjita Shrestha of Nagarik Unmukti Party from Kailali-1.
Although the Constitution of Nepal stipulates that women’s participation in the HoR and the provincial assemblies should be at least 33 percent, the major political parties ignored women while distributing tickets for the elections. Because of this, only nine percent of the candidates nominated for the HoR and provincial assembly elections were women. The EC has claimed that it has repeatedly drawn the attention of political parties regarding women's representation in elections. "The Commission has repeatedly drawn the attention of political parties regarding the representation of women in the elections," said Shaligram Sharma Paudel, spokesperson for the Election Commission. "The Commission had directed the political parties to nominate women candidates in one-third of the seats,the political parties have given more representation of women candidates to reach one third seats after the directive of the EC,” added spokesperson Paudel.
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