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Remove election campaign content from social media, CEC tells candidates – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

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KATHMANDU, MAY 10

Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya has urged parties and candidates to remove all promotional and sponsored content related to polls from social media – Twitter, Facebook, Tiktok or any other such platform, as the period of silence begins at midnight today.

Speaking at a press briefing here today, Thapaliya called on all candidates to remove sponsored content and not post or share any content that violates the election code of conduct.

The EC also ordered the Nepal Telecommunications Authority to ensure that no promotional content related to the survey is shared or posted on social media sites during the silence period.

The EC also ordered the NTA to prevent the sending of mass messages with the aim of campaigning for any candidate.

The EC has also asked all governmental and non-governmental organizations and offices to announce a public holiday on May 13 so that citizens can peacefully exercise their right to vote in a free and fair manner.

According to a press release issued by the Electoral Commission, 355 candidates representing political parties and 35 independent candidates, including six district presidents, were elected without opposition to local bodies.

The EC has set up 10,756 polling centers and 21,955 voting booths for the upcoming polls. No less than 17,733,723 voters are eligible to exercise their right to vote. No less than 35,221 positions are to be filled, including those for which candidates were elected unopposed.

A total of 100,988 government employees and 65,865 volunteers have already visited their voting centers.

Sixty-five of the 79 political parties registered with the EC are in the running for the next elections. A total of 145,011 candidates are in the running.

The EC has deployed 19 high-level teams to sensitive areas with the power to take action against violators of the electoral code. They were allowed to take audiovisual details of poll code violators and teams were also told to monitor social media sites.

The EC warned against any attempt to improperly influence or intimidate voters during the electoral process. He said the EC had made adequate arrangements for security ahead of the electoral process.

A version of this article appears in the May 11, 2022 printing of The Himalayan Times.