uml ask ec

UML asks EC to review Maoist election symbol

Kantipur Report

KATHMANDU, July 20 – Asking for a review on the allocation of the ‘hammer-and-sickle’ symbol to the CPN-M for the upcoming CA elections, the CPN-UML Friday approached the Election Commission (EC).The commission had allocated the ‘hammer-and-sickle’ symbol to the CPN-M on Sunday for the elections slated for November 22.

The UML had written to the commission regarding the issue on Thursday.

The UML representatives today met with Chief Election Commissioner Bhoj Raj Pokhrel to urge the commission to review the decision of allocating the symbol to the Maoists.

Stating that the ‘hammer-and-sickle’ is predominantly used by most of the communist parties worldwide as their symbol in their flags, the CPN-UML told the EC that the symbol should not be allocated to any particular party as an election symbol.

UML standing committee member Ishwor Pokhrel said, “The issue was raised in 1991 as well. At that time the Election Commission itself had established that a party symbol should not be allocated to any particular party as an election symbol. We sought the EC’s concern regarding the same today.”

In response, CEC Pokhrel told the UML representatives that the issue would be discussed and reviewed, sources said.

UML leader Pokhrel also added that the EC did not consult with the political parties before allocating the election symbols to them.

Another UML standing committee member Amrit Kumar Bohora made it clear that the issue of the election symbol did not reflect any differences with the CPN-M.

The issue is related to the EC only, Bohora said, the commission must take utmost care in any issue related to election symbols.


3 Responses to “uml ask ec”

  1. 1 starnight July 23, 2007 at 11:09 am

    keep it up .himali san…

  2. 2 Baburam July 25, 2007 at 2:42 am

    yap! Ec commission changed that symbol.

  3. 3 Gore dai July 29, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    I guess they will have “takiako tauko” as their new symbol

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