Maoist Center to downsize leader-heavy committees

The CPN-Maoist Centre’s Secretariat meeting today decided to make directly elected executive chief its poll agenda in the next general elections.

CPN-MC leader Mani Thapa said the party decided to go for either a directly elected president or prime minister. Although the party had championed directly elected president in the past, it had now chosen to go for either a directly elected president or prime minister. In the past, the CPN-UML had also advocated a directly elected prime ministerial system. The new constitution has adopted parliamentary form of government.

The ruling CPN (Maoist Center) has decided to downsize the party’s central committee to two-digit figures for the effective functioning of the party. The party currently has around 4,000 central committee members, way too higher than the central committees of the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML.

Maoist Center leaders said that an extended meeting of the party secretariat that concluded on Saturday has decided to begin works to downsize the central committee and other bloated committees of the party.  The party’s higher committees including the standing committee and politburo look equally bloated.

“The Chairman (Pushpa Kamal Dahal) announced to downsize the central committee to double digits after many questioned the rationale behind the current huge committee.

The party also instructed its provincial committees to form three-member panels to probe allegations of sabotage in the first and second phase of local elections and submit their reports by September 1.

Eyes on provincial and federal polls 

Downsizing the central committee was one of the several decisions taken by the party’s secretariat meeting. In a press conference organized to share the decisions of the party’s secretariat meeting on Sunday, CPN (Maoist Center) leaders said that the party would formulate strategies to avoid similar mistakes in the upcoming elections – local, provincial and central polls. Eight districts of Province 2 with 127 local units are scheduled to go to polls on September 18 while the dates for provincial and federal polls have not been fixed yet.

he CPN-MC also decided to reduce the size of the 4,000-member general convention to fewer than 100.

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