Rabi Lamichhane’s Party Registered In EC With Election Symbol 'Bell Inside A Circle(Photo Features)

Jul 1, Kathmandu: National Independent Party(NIP) Known as "Rastriya Swatantra Party" in Nepali led by Ravi Lamichhane has registered with the Election Commission(EC).

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The commission on Friday handed over the party registration certificate to party president Lamichhane. According the party’s spokesperson Mukul Dhakal said at the Election Commission premises after the registration of the party.


No photo description available.Talking to journalists on the EC premises after the party’s registration, Lamichhane said that the party has been granted the election symbol 'bell inside a circle. The commission has rejected two complaints against the party's name.

 The commission has ruled that there is no justification for the complaint as there is no provision in the act to name the party on the basis of any name.  There were two complaints against Lamichhane's party in the commission demanding that the word "independent" should not be used in the name of the party.May be an image of text that says 'निर्वाचन आयोग, नेपाल ELECTION COMMISSION, NEPAL वि्वन आयोष नेपाल २०१३ निर्वाचन आयोग, नेपाल कान्तिपथ, काठमाडौ राजनीतिक दल दर्ता नम्बर:- १5७ राजनीतिक दल दर्ता प्रमाणपत्र राष्ट्रिय स्वतन्त्र पार्टी नामक राजनीतिक दललाई राजनीतिक दल सम्बन्धी ऐल, २०७३ को दफा ४२ ሂ बमोजिम निर्वाचन आयोगमा दर्ता गर्ने गरी आयोगवाट मिति २०७९/०३/१७ मा निर्णय भएकोले यो प्रमाणपत्र दिइएको छ राजनीतिक दलको पूरा राष्ट्रिय स्वतन्त्र पार्टी राजनीतिक दलको केन्द्रीय कार्यालयको ठेगाना:- का.म.न.पा.-०३, बसुन्धरा, काठमाण्डौ। मिति: २०७९/०३/१७ டணட் (गोकर्णमणि दुवाडी) सचिव'



However, the Commission approved the name of Lamichhane’s party as it did not match the name of any other party registered with it,  as said by the EC. NIP has been given the election symbol 'bell inside a circle' as the party with a bell as its election symbol has already merged with another party.

Former TV presenter Lamichhane launched his new party on June 21. He had applied for registration at the EC a few days ago with Rastriya Swatantra Party as the party’s name and bell as the election symbol. He has already quit journalism and has said that he will contest the next general election from the Kathmandu district.