KATHMANDU, March 17: The silent period for the Free Students' Union (FSU) elections to be held in the campuses affiliated to Tribhuvan University (TU) has begun from Thursday night.
According to the FSU election code of conduct, the silent period started from 12 AM on Thursday. Pashupati Adhikari, director of the Student Welfare and Sports Directorate of TU, said that the candidates will not be allowed to campaign for the FSU elections after the start of the silence period.
He informed Republica that campaigning will be stopped 48 hours before the election. After the code of conduct, which came into effect from Thursday night, the respective campuses have held programs for the promotion of the candidates and introductory programs before the silence period.
For the FSU elections to be held on March 19, only five days of campaigning time was allocated. Candidate nomination papers were registered for the election on March 11.
It has been mentioned in the FSU Election Code of Conduct that no color and any type of poster can be used for publicity purposes and no tool, flex or any type of poster related to the election can be used.
It is mentioned in the code of conduct that the candidate can only advertise his election manifesto and candidate's list of the same color leaflets of the same size.
The President, Secretary and Treasurer and 50 percent of the members will be elected through the direct election system and the Vice President, Joint Secretary and 50 percent of the members will be elected through the proportional election system. Voting will be held simultaneously on 62 constituent campuses and 1,040 affiliated campuses for the FSU elections on March 19 from 8AM to 4PM.