Nepali Congress general convention has been once again rescheduled to November 25 -29. Earlier, the party had planned to hold the convention on September 1- 4.
The country’s constitution has a provision that requires a political party to hold its general convention every five year.
The Congress charter has fixed the term and tenure of its elected bodies for four years. The party extended its mandate until February 2021 as it failed to hold the general convention. The incumbent executive committee of the party was elected under the chairmanship of Sher Bahadur Deuba in March, 2016.
As the party failed to elect the new body within four years period, the Central Working Committee had extended their terms by one year. But that one year also passed in February without holding the general convention, and the Central Working Committee again extended the term by an additional six months, as per the provision of the the constitution.
The party has to prepare the Elections Guidelines to conduct voting at the ward committee, local, electoral constituency, provincial and central level. Party sources say that all lower levels will start their conventions from coming September which are mandatory to be accomplished before the general convention starts.
The sources also indicate that commencing lower level conventions will save the history bearing party from constitutional complications.