Kathmandu: The silence period for the election of the Vice President is starting from the midnight today. According to the Election Commission, the election silence commences from 48 hours before the day of voting and it will remain in effect until the closure of the polling centre.
No election-related publicity and promotional activities are allowed to be held during the election silence or pre-election silence. The voting for the election of the Vice President is scheduled to take place on March 17. The EC earlier issued the Vice President election code of conduct beginning from March 1 and it shall remain in effect till March 19. The EC issued the code of conduct in accordance with the Clause 22 of the Election Commission Act (2017).
According to EC Spokesperson Shaligram Sharma Poudel, the election silence aims to ensure that the election be held in a free, fair, transparent and safe manner. Astalaxmi Shakya (Bohara), Pramila Kumari Yadav, Mamata Jha and Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav filed their nominations for the Vice-President’s election. Pramila Kumari withdrew her candidacy, announcing that her support will be for Ram Sahay Prasad.
The country held the election for the post of president on Thursday, in which Ram Chandra Paudel of Nepali Congress won and has been sworn in on Monday.