Kathmandu, January 25
As both the factions of the virtually divided Nepal Communist Party are not willing to accept the party has split, the Election Commission has also refused to approve the split.
A meeting of the commission officials held on Sunday evening decided that claims made by both factions led by KP Sharma Oli, and Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal cannot be accepted, and the unified party jointly led by Oli and Dahal continues to exist legally.
Earlier, the Oli faction had informed the commission of extending its central committee whereas the Dahal-Nepal faction had removed Oli from the chairpersonship, replacing him with Madhav Kumar Nepal. Just on Sunday, the faction has removed Oli even as a general member of the party. They, however, had refused to legally accept the split, refraining from showing their group holds at least 40 per cent of the central committee members, a requirement for a party split as per the law.
“But, claims made by both factions about amending the party charter unilaterally did not conform to the very charter,” a commissioner informs Onlinekhabar.
Now, the faction dissatisfied with the decision can appeal to the commission against the decision by claiming the control of 40 per cent members or move the Supreme Court to claim legitimacy.