As the general elections draw near, false information about Nepali elections is being shared by both politicians and ordinary citizens. Former prime minister and UML head KP Sharma Oli recently misled his audience about candidates from the ruling coalition while speaking to his supporters at a public event in Jhapa.

On November 10, 2022, Oli claimed that Manushi Yami Bhattarai, the daughter of former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, was contesting elections on the Nepali Congress list under Proportional Representation (PR) system. In his address, he asserted that the NC supporters had been excluded when Bhattrai’s daughter was added to the party’s PR list.

He said [Watch the video]:

I pity the sisters-in-law of Nepali Congress. They dedicated their entire life to their party. Look at your party’s list of candidates for the proportional representation system. Did it nominate you? No. Baburam’s [former prime minister Bhattarai] daughter has been nominated. Prachanda’s daughter-in-law is well known. She’s running under the directly elected system.

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Nepal Check fact-checked Oli’s claim.

Manushi Yami Bhattarai (also known as Ashmita Singh) is the only daughter of politician couple Bhattarai and Hisila Yami. The 36-year-old is running for CPN (Maoist Centre) from constituency-7 of Kathmandu. She is a candidate of the party under the directly elected (First Past the Post) system, according to the Election Commission of Nepal. Because The NC formed the electoral alliance with the Maoists, the party has no candidate in Kathmandu-7. Therefore, it has backed Manushi in her campaign. News websites have also reported it.

A screenshot of the list of candidates published by the Election Commission shows Bhattarai running under the First-Past-the-Post system.

Therefore, former prime minister Oli’s claim that Manushi Yami Bhattarai is running in the elections using the proportional representation system is false. 

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Manushi Yami Bhattarai is running in the elections under the proportional representation system
Former prime minister KP Sharma Oli
Nepal Check verdict after fact-checking KP Sharma Oli’s claim that Manushi Yami Bhattarai is running in the election under the proportional representation system.