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3 percent vote, 1 seat must for becoming national party


Kathmandu, March 22, 2017: The subcommittee under the State Affairs Committee has proposed for setting at least three percent threshold for allowing parties to represent in legislature under the proportional representation.

The meeting of subcommittee held on Wednesday in Singha Durbar has proposed of securing at least three percent of total votes cast for the proportional representation.

Once the proposal is endorsed by the State Affairs Committee, the bill related to political parties will move forward to the Parliament.

“A provision has been made to have three percent threshold and one seat under first-past-the-post for validating any party as the national political party. This proposal will be sent to committee,” member of the committee Gangalal Tuladhar said, “The subcommittee has proposed for securing one seat under first-past-the-post and three percent of the total votes.”

The major political parties including Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Center) and CPN–UML are in favor of setting three percent threshold, whereas other fringe political parties have been protesting against it.

The fringe parties have said that they will raise objection in the House.

By Sanjib Bagale