The local election silence period begins tonight; the commission is concerned about social media

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Kathmandu, May 10

The Election Commission says political parties and candidates will not be allowed to carry out promotional activities from Tuesday midnight for the local elections scheduled to be held this Friday as the silence period has begun.

During the 48 hours of Wednesday and Thursday, the parties and candidates cannot hold any public event to solicit votes, according to the commission.

Before the commencement of the silence period, the parties and candidates should remove publicity materials. It also means that they will have to remove promotional posts from their social media accounts, informs the commission spokesperson Shaligram Sharma Paudyal.

However, the commission says it is worried about the complexities involved in the monitoring of social media, and hence, it has asked Nepal Army and Nepal Police to support it.

If any candidate is found to be violating the rule, the commission can take action against them.

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