EC issues 27-point directive to government

Kathmandu, October 14

The Election Commission today issued a 27-point directive to the government, telling it to ensure that the election code of conduct is fully adhered by all.

The commission asked the government to take action against those who have violated the election code of conduct and inform it of the action taken against the violators. The poll panel asked the government to strictly enforce election related decisions taken by it.

The poll panel also asked the government to provide updated information on all government bodies, public corporations, development committees, local levels, and institutions run with grant money, teachers associated with community schools and universities within a week.

Likewise, security agencies have been told to ensure that ordinary citizens do not carry weapos during the elections. They have also been asked to ensure that people surrender their licensed weapons to the government during elections. The security agencies have been directed to ensure that sale and distribution to alcohol is fully banned during elections and to detain suspects who could create disturbances in the elections.

Key points

  • PM should seek permission from the EC to use helicopters
  • PM and ministers should not be chief guests at any programme
  • Ministers should not use government vehicles for their parties’ candidates poll campaign
  • Ministry of Finance should immediately provide required budget to the EC
  • Schools to remain closed from November 20 to 26 in districts where the first phase of provincial and parliamentary polls will be held
  • Schools to remain closed from December 1 to 7 in districts where the second phase of provincial and parliamentary polls will be held
  • Govt to provide air tickets to EC office bearers, officials