26 wards in Kathmandu valley won’t have Dalit women representatives, 16 wards got them unopposed

File: Election Commission proportional representation NA Election
File: Election Commission

Kathmandu, May 1

Giving a blow to the principle of social inclusion, 26 wards of various local governments in the Kathmandu valley will not have Dalit women representatives for the next five years.

According to the data revealed by the Election Commission, no Dalit woman filed her candidacy for the ward membership during the time allocated for that.

The law has it that one of four ward member positions is reserved for a Dalit woman in every ward. But, the 26 wards did not receive any candidacy for the positions in the valley.

On the other hand, only one nomination was filed from the Dalit women for the position in each of the 16 other wards. It means the candidates got elected unanimously.

Only the Chandragiri, Tarakeshwar, Budhanilakantha, Gokarneshwar and Kageshwari Manahara municipalities in Kathmandu; Godawari and Mahalaxmi municipalities in Lalitpur; and Changunarayan in Bhaktapur have more than one candidate for the position in each of their wards.

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