Wednesday, October 21, 2020

FNCCI election nomination starts

 Postponed thrice, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) election schedule has started from today. The new date for the 54th annual general meeting (AGM) of FNCCI has been fixed for November 26 and 27, whereas the election for its executive members will he held on November 27.

According to the timetable announced by FNCCI today, the election will be held at three venues in Kathmandu – FNCCI head office in Teku, Karki Banquet in Babarmahal and Nepal Academy in Kamaladi – to avoid the crowd, and follow the government health and safety protocol.

The FNCCI has stated that the programmes will be conducted by observing safety protocols enforced by the government. As the FNCCI members can file their candidacy from today, candidate of senior vice president Chandra Prasad Dhakal – representing Associate members – along with his team members filed the nominations today. Dhakal has been backed by his panel members, Ram Chandra Sanghai, Umesh Lal Shrestha and Guna Nidhi Tiwari, who also have registered their nominations at the FNCCI.

The elections will be held for the post of senior vice present, three vice presidents and executive committee members. Incumbent vice presidents Chandra Prasad Dhakal and Kishor Pradhan are contesting for the post of senior vice president. The first lists of nominees will be published on November 19, whereas the final lists of the candidates will be published on November 23.

The FNCCI AGM and elections had originally been scheduled for April 10 and 11 which was postponed until May 20 and 21, to be deferred until the second week of August. The date has again been deferred citing the government’s decision to prohibit mass meetings and assemblies as part of containment measures to combat Covid-19.

The senior vice presidential race is a high-stake affair as the winner will automatically become the FNCCI president after three years. The incumbent senior vice president Shekhar Golchha will be automatically become president after November 27.

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