RAJBIRAJ — Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has warned the political parties and independent candidates of taking stern action against those breaching the election code of conduct in the upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections slated for November 16 and December 7.
Stating that the elections officers will strictly monitor the compliance of election code during upcoming polls, CEC Yadav, speaking at an interaction organised in Rajbiraj of Saptari district on Wednesday, said: “Anyone found breaching the election code of conduct will be subject to stern action.”
During the programme attended by leaders of different political parties, CEC Yadav further said that the leaders should seriously abide by the election code of conduct.
Moreover, he said those violating the election code of conduct will be fined Rs 100,000.
CEC Yadav also directed the local administration office to take action against the teachers of government schools and campuses if they are found participating in publicity campaign of candidates.
Directing the Chief District Officer (CDO) of Saptari, he said, “CDO sir, take action against the teachers and campus chiefs by keeping them in custody if they are found participating in the publicity campaign of candidates.”
“The election body would not compromise in the election code of conduct under any pretext,” he said further adding : “I am also a Madhesi. I am proud to be a Madhesi, but I have the responsibility of nation which I have to complete at any cost.”
Claiming that the elections will be held on the schedule date, Yadav said: “Now, it is not possible to postpone the elections and should not be postponed under any pretext.”Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.
Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.
The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.
The newly ministers are as follows :
Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation
CPN Maoist Centre
Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet, had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.Follow @gorkhapost