Nepal Group Seeks Info From Political Parties

6 January 2012

The Nepalese group Freedom Forum is using the right to information law to request information from political parties.

The group is relying on a provision in the RTI Act of 2007 including political parties as “public agencies” required to disclose information.

Freedom Forum said Jan 3 that it has sought the following information with the parties:

1. Name of information officer in the central office of the party, his telephone number and email.

2. What is the official media to disseminate the news and information about the party? Does the party have any mouthpieces, website, newspaper, radio or notice board (citizens’ charter)? If any, information about this.

3. Has the party formulated any formal policy on dissemination of information? If formulate, copy of the policy.

4. What is the total number of the members in the party? Is the membership of two or more types? If any, what are these and the information about these.

5. How many staffs does the party have for full time? Information about this.

6. Are there any leaders and office bearers receiving regular perks and benefits? If any, provide information about the monthly perks and benefits to them.

7. Does the party get regular donation in addition to its members? If gets, give information about those providing more than 20,000 donations in the recent three years.

8. Has the party invested in any business, hospital, media, cooperatives, bank, finance, school, college, commercial building, transport service, and share in any firm?  Detailed information about this.

9. Information about the fixed asset (land, house etc) of the party and the party using.

10.  Does the party carry out annual auditing? If carries out auditing, provide copies of the reports of the auditing of recent three years.

11. Copies of the party’s statute, regulations, directives and other policy level documents.

 A story about this was published in Himalayan Times.

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