Election Commission seeks 24-hour clarification from Chief Minister of Madhesh

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Kathmandu: The Election Commission has sought clarification from Madhesh Province Chief Minister Saroj Kumar Yadav on charge of violating the election code of conduct during the ongoing by-election of the House of Representatives (HoR). The EC said that the Chief Minister’s visit to the Pacharauta Municipality, while the House of Representatives by-election was underway in Bara -2, was against the election code of conduct.

It is said the Chief Minister’s visit was not permitted by the EC and his visit could adversely affect the impartiality of the election. In the 24-hour clarification, the Chief Minister has been asked to clarify whether the vehicle he used during the visit had a white number plate and security arrangements for the visit were managed by the government level, whether his move was proper to his post and violated the election code of conduct and whether he deserved the action in accordance with the Election Commission Act (2079 BS), according to EC under-secretary Kamal Gyawali.