Irrespective of the advocacy for women’s participation in politics and state mechanisms, there is no candidacy of women for the November election of the House of Representatives in the Baitadi district. The office of the Chief Returning Officer shared this information.
There is only one constituency in the district. A total of 12 candidacies were filed for the election to Member of the House of Representatives, where there is zero woman candidacy.
Former deputy mayor of Dasharath Chand Municipality and general convention representative of Nepali Congress, Mina Chand, said it reflected the classical mindset of political parties. It shows they do not want women in leadership, she added.
The candidates for the HoR members are Narendra Bahadur Kunwar of the CPN (Maoist Centre) on behalf of the ruling alliance, Damodar Bhandari of CPN UML, Prem Bahadur Chanda of RPP, Kimmat Chand of RPP Nepal, Krishna Bahadur Chand of People’s Party, Prakash Chandra Bhatta of Rastriya Swatantra Party, Krishna Prasad Gosain of Nepal Peasants and Workers’ Party, and Ansing Bhandari of Janata Samajbadi Party.
Similarly, there are four independent candidacies- Keshav Chand, Paramanand Chand, Man Singh Bista, and Trilok Bahadur Chand.
Six persons filed candidates for the Provincial Assembly election (a) and five for the Provincial Assembly election (b). Among them, one woman has filed candidacy in each constituency- RPP Nepal’s Krishna Panta of RPP Nepal for a, and Nagarik Unmukti Party’s Rewati Bohara for b.