No Not Again: Supreme Court says it’s an example of freedom of expression

No Not Again Nepal elections 2022
The No Not Again campaign has spread all over social media in the run-up to the 2022 parliamentary elections.

Kathmandu, November 11

The Supreme Court says the ongoing campaign–No Not Again–is an example of freedom of expression, ordering the Election Commission to not take any action against the campaigners in the run-up to the November 20 elections.

Whereas the court issued an interim order on November 6, it continued the order after another round of hearing on Thursday.

Earlier, the commission had asked the operators of the group to shut it down claiming it violated the election code of conduct as it defamed some election candidates prior to the elections.

The commission had even written to Nepal Police’s cyber bureau to take action again the group for their campaign through the Electronics Transaction Act.

But, senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi and advocate Anil Acharya had filed a writ petition against the decision at the apex court.

“Campaigns such as No Not Again are an example of freedom of thought and expression and a significant condition for effective enfranchisement practice,” the order issued by justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Sushmalata Mathema reads.

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