KATHMANDU — The silence period for the second phase of the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies has came inro effect from the midnight Monday, the Election Commission (EC) said.
The twin elections are taking place in 45 districts on December 7.
The EC has urged all to abide by the code of conduct to be followed during the silence period.
Election publicity campaign or soliciting voters shall not be allowed during the silence period, EC spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal said. All types of election publicity campaign have been prohibited in this special period. No political party, election candidate, civil society and voter shall be allowed to get involved in the election publicity campaign.
Likewise, mass media are not allowed to publish and air any material in favour or against any political party or candidate, conduct a poll survey and publish its findings.
The time specially given for voters to decide to whom they vote for, no votes shall be solicited and election campaign shall be conducted through social network with the use of electronic means such as SMS, facebook, twitter and viber.
Likewise, symbolic materials such as clothes, cap, sticker, logo bag and tattoos that contain the election symbol of any candidate or political party shall not be allowed or cause to be allowed to use, sell or display in this period which requires the removal of respective election symbols and election campaign materials placed within the periphery of 300 meters of the polling centers before it comes into force.
However, there is no restriction to publish and disseminate voter education materials, information or message issued by the EC in this period.
Advance booking open for Dashin
Kathmandu—Finally, Federation of Nepalese National transportation Entrepreneurs Association agrees to open pre-booking for Dashin after the government decided to increase public transport fares by 10 percent.
The federation was demanding to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.
On Saturday after the agreement between the government and federation, the transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking. Most of the counters set up banners announcing pre-booking for Dashin and many people were in que to book the ticket in advance.Follow @gorkhapost