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EC tells government to stop breach of election code of conduct


KATHMANDU: Expressing ´serious´ concerns over the anti-poll activities of the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist, the Election Commission (EC) has instructed the government to curb any activity that can harm the integrity and fairness of the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election scheduled for November 19.

The directive follows the CPN-Maoist move to launch an anti-election campaign on Thursday. Party leaders had then staged a symbolic protest and smashed dummy ballot boxes. The code that came into effect last Monday bars all parties and individuals from conducting activities that could disrupt or affect the election preparations.

“The government should have taken prompt action against those involved in violating the election code,” reports quoted Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety as saying.

In its strong-worded statement, the commission has termed the move ´indecent´. The EC has stated that the CPN-Maoist´s move will disrupt the election environment and has infringed upon the rights of people to choose their representative through elections.

In the directive, the EC has sought a clarification from the government on its ‘negligence’ in taking timely action against those involved in violating the code. It also asked the government to keep ‘strict vigil’ to avoid violations in the future.

EC officials say they are concerned about the CPN-Maoist, I/NGOs and individuals violating the election code even after it issued directives to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) asking it to maintain security and strictly implement the code.

Most of the 33 constituent parties of the CPN-Maoist-led alliance are not registered with the EC stating that they would not participate in the forthcoming CA election to be conducted by a technocratic government.

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