Kathmandu, November 15
Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has said how to ensure larger participation of voters in the elections (House of Representatives and state assemblies) is the concern of the EC in the context when people of highlands have started migrating temporarily to warmer places, owing to natural adversities.
Snowfalls in mountainous districts have forced people to leave their settlement in search warmer places which is likely to affect the participation of voters in the elections.
The EC is in touch with the authorities concerned including Chief District Officers, Chief Election Officers and Election Officers on the ways to ensure the larger people’s participation in the elections, Yadav said while addressing a function organised by the Federation of Nepali Journalists.
On the occasion, the CEC urged political parties to exercise their intelligence and conscience as a tool for the election not as a weapon.
He utilised the time to urge journalists to abide by their professional ethnics and election code of conduct while observing and analysing election-related affairs and disseminating their opinions. The probable implication of any piece of write-up about the election should be kept in mind, he asserted.
Director General of Department of Information Bir Bahadur Rai requested the media and journalists to fulfill their roles and responsibilities in an impartial way in the elections.
National Human Rights Commission’s member Govinda Prasad Sharma, expressing his concerns over of the use of children in election publicity campaign, urged the Election Commission to be a bit action-oriented in response to the cases of violation of election code of conduct.
Presiding over the promgramme, FNJ President Govinda Acharya pledged professional support and cooperation from the entire media sector to the government and EC to conduct the elections smoothly.