Maoist Manifesto for Directly Elected President

The CPN (Maoist Centre) has promised to adopt a directly elected presidential and fully proportional electoral system in its manifesto for the election of November 20. The Maoist party had registered a note of dissent in the constitution in 2015 also insisting on it.

But Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are not in agreement with the Maoist Centre’s twin proposals—to amend the constitution to change the system of governance as well as the electoral system. UML had proposed for a directly elected prime minister during the tenure of the first Constituent Assembly, but changed its thought afterwards.

Like the Maoist Centre, The Baburam Bhattarai-led Nepal Samajbadi Party also carried its manifesto of a directly elected executive head and a fully proportional electoral system. Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has proposed a directly elected executive prime minister with the monarch as the guardian of the state and a fully proportional electoral system.

Besides a directly elected executive President, the Maoist Centre has also proposed directly elected provincial chiefs in all seven provinces, but is mum on the chief ministers.

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