Election Commission bars corruption-accused rural municipality chief in Kailali from assuming office

Dhangadhi, May 20

The Election Commission on Friday told the election officials in the Kailali district to bar one newly elected rural municipality chairperson from taking the oath of office and assuming his responsibility.

The commission made the decision as he is accused of corruption and a case filed by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority is pending at the Special Court.

Devidatta Upadhyaya was elected the Mohanyal rural municipality chairperson representing the CPN-Maoist Centre in the local elections held last week.

He was accused of corruption in his previous term as the chairperson of ward 3 of the local unit.

Whereas laws are not clear if corruption-accused officials can assume their office, the Election Commission decided to bar him as he was suspended on the charge earlier.

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