UML objects to provisions in election code of conduct

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Kathmandu: The CPN-UML has written to the Election Commission opposing some provisions in the election code of conduct.

A delegation led by General Secretary Shankar Pokharel reached the commission on Thursday and presented its written views along with its affirmation to abide by the election code of conduct.

UML has disagreed with the provision in sub-section ‘Q’ of Section 4 of the code of conduct arguing that it prohibits political parties from expressing their views, soliciting votes and campaigning for candidates.

The provision under the sub-section says that it is not authorized to express opinions for or against anyone, to campaign, produce any electronic material and publish on social media, or share the material published by others.

The party has argued that the provision will intrude on people’s constitutional rights to pick the best political parties by comparing ideology, policy and programs and demanded the provisions should be reconsidered.

Likewise, the party said that the provision that bars prime minister, ministers and executive members of municipal to campaign for and against a party in election constituencies other than he/she represents is unsuitable.