Poll survey against election code of conduct: CEC Yadav; EC seeks clarification from CPN-UML, five nat’l dailies for poll code violation

Election CommissionKathmandu / Nov 28: Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav today said that poll survey on the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies was against the election code of conduct, and punishable.

“Poll survey violates election code of conduct in the context that the first phase elections are recently concluded, and the second phase is set for December 7,” he said talking to media-persons at the office of Election Commission.

Poll survey from any organisation is barred from the date of the nomination filing of poll candidates until the results are out, he added.

He also requested media not to give space to such poll survey conducted in violation of election code of conduct.

EC seeks clarification from CPN-UML, five nat’l dailies for poll code violation

Meanwhile, the Election Commission (EC) has sought clarification from the CPN-UML regarding the publishing of election-related advertisements with party Chairman KP Oli’s photo in five national dailies on Tuesday.

According to the Election Commission, the act violates election code of conduct and hence sought clarification from the party within 24 hours.

The party published advertisements in Kantipur Daily, Annapurna Post Daily, Naya Patrika Daily, Nagarik Daily and Rajdhani Daily, among other dailies, canvassing votes in favour of the party for the upcoming second phase of federal parliamentary and provincial assembly elections slated for December 7.

The EC has stated that the advertisements were in contradiction to Section 5 of Election Code of Conduct, 2072.

Meanwhile, the EC has also asked the aforementioned five national dailies to furnish clarification asking them on whether or not to take action against them for printing advertisements of UML within 24 hours.

According to the Election Code of Conduct 2074, political parties can display a maximum of 7-inch by 7-inch ad in one newspaper each day.

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