Violation of Code of Conduct by Political Parties
It has been found that the code of conduct has been violated in the campaigning of the political parties for the Local Level Election 2079. INSEC district representatives have informed that the parties have acted against the election code of conduct in the election campaign.
According to Baglung representative Srijana Thapa, the ruling alliance, UML and Rastriya Prajatantra Party have been conducting rallies and conferences against the election code of conduct. It has been found that the ruling coalition has been using instruments, banners and big flags in the election campaign of Galkot Municipality against the code of conduct. It has been found that the coalition has been playing election campaign songs in Baglung Municipality, Galkot Municipality and other places even at night. The coalition has held an election rally at the premises of the Urban Health Centre at Titaure in Baglung Municipality-7. Candidates for mayor and deputy mayor of Baglung Municipality of the alliance have made colourful leaflets and spread the word. CPN-UML and RPP have also been found using instruments in the election campaign. Baja was used in the election rally held at Bhimapokhara of Kathekhola rural municipality while UML and RPP have also organized a motorcycle rally in Baglung Bazaar area.
According to Kaski representative Sushan Ghimire, the election code of conduct has been violated by the five-party alliance in the campaigning of Pokhara Metropolitan candidates. At a door-to-door program organized at Pokhara Metropolitan City-7, Nepali Congress cadres of the coalition party have asked for votes by wearing caps / hats marked with election symbol. Paragraph 2 of 4 ‘D’ of the Election Code of Conduct states that the election symbol of a political party or a candidate shall not be used in propaganda materials such as jacket, shirt, vest, T-shirt, hat or cap. Similarly, candidates of CPN-UML’s Pokhara Metropolitan City-30 have been found using hats and flags against the code of conduct.
According to Tanahu Representative Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, CPN-UML cadres have spread party flags in Dumribeshi of Bhimad Municipality-1 against the code of conduct.
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