Coalition for withdrawing candidacies filed against its official decisionThe five-party alliance warns of action against those who fail to abide by instructions.
A meeting of the five-party coalition on Friday decided to withdraw all the nominations of the mayor and deputy mayor candidates at six metropolitan cities and 11 sub-metropolitan cities if they have been filed against the understanding among the partners.
They have also been called “rebel” candidates who have challenged the official candidates of the individual parties.
The decision of the five-party alliance comes hours before the publication of the final list of the candidates for May 13 local elections by the Election Commission.
The commission has given until 5pm Friday to withdraw nominations.
The five-party instruction follows refusal by some leaders, particularly the Nepali Congress, to withdraw candidacies they have filed against the coalition decision.
“All other nominations for mayor and deputy mayor of six metropolitan cities and 11 sub-metropolitan cities filed against the agreement will be immediately withdrawn,” states the statement issued after the meeting on Friday.
This is the second statement by the coalition since Wednesday with such instructions.
Rebel candidates, however, have not paid heed to such calls.
Friday’s meeting of the top leaders of the five-party coalition also decided to take initiative to withdraw all independent nominations filed against the common candidates.
“Take initiatives to withdraw the nominations of all independent candidates from different parties that have been made going against the agreement of five-party alliance,” the leaders have stated.
They have also decided to annul all the electoral alliances forged with the parties outside the coalition. If those alliances are not annulled, concerned parties will take action against those committees, the statement reads.
Earlier in the morning, Nepali Congress issued a notice saying all the candidates filing nominations against the authentic candidates of the five-party alliance should withdraw their nominations within 5pm Friday.
The party has clarified that those rebel candidates, their proposers and supporters would be automatically expelled from the party as per the Section 4(13) of the party’s statute.