299 central members, 20 percent youth and 35 percent women are being selected in Maoist

Clusters have been divided for the selection of new leadership under the ongoing Eighth National General Convention of the Maoist Center. The election committee has divided the cluster for 299 central members by bringing 145 from open and the rest from proportional, inclusive and nominated.

For which 35 percent women and 20 percent youth of the total number of central members have been made mandatory. As a youth, it is defined as being under 40 years of age.

The Election Committee has made public the list of candidates by forming clusters of 9 different groups on Saturday. Under this, 145 central members will be elected from open side, 45 from Khas Aryan, 22 from Dalit, 7 from Muslim, 23 from Madhesi, 43 from Adivasi Janajati, 10 from Tharu, 2 from disabled and 2 from backward class.

According to the UCPN-M's constitution, the delegates will elect a 299-member central committee and a 15-member office-bearers. This is the first time that 35 percent women and 20 percent youth have been made compulsory.

The election process of the Maoist center has started as soon as the draft constitution was passed from the closed session on Saturday. The Election Committee has already made public the names of 1,742 candidates at the Pragya Bhawan.

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