KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya has directed the employees mobilized on election duty to be committed toward conducting the elections in a sincere manner without being swayed by any prejudice or inclination.
Thapaliya issued special instructions to the employees deputed for election duty to carry out their duty by maintaining the dignity and gravity of their responsibility. While asking them to fully abide by the constitution, laws, code of conduct, election-related guidelines, procedures and directives, he directed the employees to make a resolve to ensure that voting and the vote counting activities are decent and well-managed.
Thapaliya has directed them to remain independent and impartial on a personal, organizational point of view and perform their responsibilities without favoring a particular political party or candidate.
CEC Thapaliya also urged employees deputed on election duty to be aware as they might directly or indirectly come across attempts to influence, put pressure or cajole or threaten in connection with carrying out their election duty. Thapaliya directed the employees not to allow the misuse of election materials and resist in accordance with the laws if anyone tried to carry out unacceptable activities and strictly refrain from becoming an accomplice to such acts.
Reminding the employees to remain free from the probable influence by the sides to a dispute while resolving the dispute related to the voting and vote counting, CEC Thapaliya has urged the election employees not to come under the influence and interest of the political parties or candidate for election representative or any other person.
Thapaliya also urged employees to show respect and equal treatment to political parties, candidates, employees, observers, monitors, civil society, media persons and one and all in the course of carrying out works related to voting and vote counting.
"Your moral conduct, behavior and work style measures the impartiality and integrity of the election. So, ask yourself while carrying out any work, with your hands on your chest before making a decision. If a situation arises in which you have to be ashamed of due to any of your election-related work, it would be unfortunate for us all. Whatever work you are doing in connection to the election, you are doing it as the Election Commission. I trust upon you all and wish every success in your works," CEC Thapaliya said.