KATHMANDU, April 7: The code of conduct for the by-election of members of the House of Representatives has come into effect from today.
The Election Commission (EC) has decided to implement the entire provisions of the Election Code of Conduct, 2079 BS from April 7 until the completion of the by-elections in Chitwan, Bara and Tanahun districts.
Shaligram Sharma Paudel, the spokesperson of the EC, informed that they have decided to implement the code of conduct from Friday by using the authority given by section 22 of the Election Commission Act, 2017 (2073 BS) and sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Election Code of Conduct, 2079 BS. By-elections will be held in Chitwan Constituency-2, Bara Constituency-2 and Tanahun Constituency-1 on April 23.
The EC said that the code of conduct will be applied to Federal government and government ministers, state government and state ministers, constitutional bodies and officials of those bodies, local executive bodies and their members, unions, state and local level employees, security agencies, security personnel.
Similarly, offices and employees of government, semi-government and public institutions, political parties and political party sister organizations, candidates and related persons, political parties and candidates' voting representatives and counting representatives, persons holding public positions, monitoring committee officials and monitors, supervisory organizations and supervisors, the EC has made it clear that communication institutions, their employees and media workers must follow the code of conduct.
Private and non-governmental organizations, their officials and employees, schools, colleges or universities, their teachers and employees, voters, development partner organizations, employees of projects and projects run by governmental or semi-governmental organizations, organizations conducting voter education programs and employees of those organizations, private sector Spokesperson Paudel informed that the code of conduct applies to banks and financial institutions, cooperatives, commercial and industrial sectors, their officials, employees and workers, and officials, employees and workers of commercial organizations that provide goods or services.
During the period of implementation of Code of Conduct, the designated agencies, officials and individuals to engage in campaigning for or against any political party or candidate, to carry out other programs other than those approved in the annual budget and program, to announce, approve or conduct new policies, plans or programs, to lay the foundation stone of any plan, inaugurating, conducting surveys, conducting feasibility studies or giving grants for the same, creating any political appointments or being appointed to such posts, a per mentioned in the code of conduct.