News digest: Domestic Politics & Governance (November 18 – 24, 2021)

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Shashank and Shekhar Koirala held a meeting at Shekhar Koirala’s Maharajgunj residence where Shashank Koirala reportedly agreed to support Shekhar Koirala’s presidential bid. Both parties had agreed to hold a press conference in Maharajgunj at Shashank Koirala’s residence, but it has been postponed to November 24.

The Election Commission has created an accounting template, planning to make it compulsory for parties to reveal their sources of income in order to curb corruption.  The template includes details about contributions by individual as well as institutional donors, purpose of funding. Furthermore, political parties are required to issue receipts for the funds.

Central Bureau of Statistics enumerators have been unable to reach the villages of Tinkar and Chhangru in Darchula as there is no road link within the Nepali territory, and Indian authorities have not yet authorized enumerators to enter the villages via Indian territory.

On November 17, members of the Nepal Bar Association and Supreme Court completed a draft to amend the existing law and bring a new system which will work on the basis of drawing lots in order to assign cases.

On November 17, Nepal Bar Association gave Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana an ultimatum to resign within 72 hours. However, justices who were previously boycotting benches have started attending them.

Nepal Bar Association urged political parties in the federal parliament and House Speaker Agni Sapkotato take action in order to remove Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana from office. However, Chief Justice Rana said that he is ready to face the constitutional process (which would result in an impeachment motion) rather than stepping down voluntarily. Furthermore, Nepali political parties haven’t shown interest in impeaching Rana.

On November 21, the National Human Rights Commission issued a statement urging the government to update the Enforced Disappeared Enquiry, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act in order to make sure it aligns with the international principle, the Supreme Court’s verdict, and its recommendation.

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