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Nepal panel announces election code of conduct


KATHMANDU: Nepal’s election commission yesterday officially launched an election code of conduct intended to discipline election related activities.

The document, which even has spelled out the ceiling for expenses for a candidate, was announced by chief election commissioner Nil Kanth Uprety in a press conference held at the commission’s premises yesterday.

“Our aim is to hold the election in a free, fair and credible manner,” Uprety said while unveiling the document exactly 120 days ahead of the November 19 election of the second constituent assembly.

“We have not only published the document, but are also determined to strictly monitor its implementation,” he added.

The code of conduct is applicable for political parties and their candidates, government of Nepal and its ministers, organisations and local administrative bodies owned by the government and the mass media.

Under the code of conduct, a candidate can spend a maximum of Rs1mn ($10,760) for his election campaign. In addition, candidates cannot use plane or helicopter for publicity except in 11 remote districts where road transport is difficult, and they are prohibited from influencing voters by providing them with money or facilities.

A political party has to take permission from local administration and police before organising any rally, mass meeting or gathering, according to the code of conduct. A rally or mass meeting should not obstruct the movement of people and vehicles and must not involve any weapons.

Meanwhile, the government is not allowed to announce any new programme from yesterday onward until the election is over.

The media should not take the side of any party when delivering news, while social organisations have the obligation not to make any of their resources available to any particular party.

“We need co-operation from all sides to successfully execute the code of conduct,” added commissioner Ila Sharma, who heads a media monitoring committee under the commission.

Last month, the chairman of interim election government of Nepal has appealed the international community to effectively monitor the constituent assembly elections slated for November 19.

In his address to the country after assuming the post of chairman of government on March 14, Khil Raj Regmi said the observation of international community is a must to conduct free, fair and credible assembly elections.

“I urge the international community to observe the election in co-ordination with election commission,” Regmi had said in his address.

Upbeat because of the international assistance in government’s efforts of holding elections, Regmi expected further assistance from neighboring countries, international community and diplomatic missions in Kathmandu.

“I am fully optimistic that international community will extend their hands in the election related activities and programmes,” he added.

The election commission will provide permission for the observation of the election. Many international organisations express their eagerness for the poll observation in Nepal.

As per the conduct, observers should at all times recognise and respect the customs, culture and sovereignty of Nepal.

The commission has prepared a code of conduct for the international observers. Similarly, observers should exercise their role with impartiality, objectivity and independence.

In 2008 elections, some observers came under fire for not being impartial and objective.

International donor agencies in Nepal spend big amounts of money in the name of election observation.

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