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CEC Yadav urges all to respect election silent period

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KATHMANDU — Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has called on all political parties, candidates, voters, media and stakeholders to fully abide by the election silent period.

Speaking at a programme organised by the Reporters’ Club here today, CEC Yadav: “The election silent period is the time given for voters to exercise their conscience and to think before casting their ballot.”

He also urged all to leave voters free to choose their candidates.

Seeking support and cooperation from all bodies concerned in setting up polling centres, he said employees were really contributing a lot to make the elections successful despite geographical remoteness and adverse weather in some mountainous districts.

He urged the people to take part in the voting with patience and encourage each others for so, he said voters’ enthusiastic participation was expected in the coming elections as in the recent local level elections.

The Chief Election Commissioner took the time to direct security personnel deputed in the election to remain alert to untoward threats and ensure security to all voters, political leaders and candidates.

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Country marking today as Black Day

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KATHMANDU- The country is marking today (December 16) as Black Day to protest the disposition of the first democratically elected government by the late former king Mahendra Shah on December 15, 1960.

Mahendra took charge of the state with the help of the then Royal Nepali Army and formulated the Panchayat System by overthrowing the elected government led by B.P. Koirala and dissolving the parliament.

Various programmes are scheduled on the occasion.

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