Silence period for Baishak 30/ May 13 Local level elections to start from 11 May till 48 hours
The Election Commission (EC) of Nepal has determined 48 hours of the silence period (starting from midnight today; 11 May) before the voting for facilitating the conduction of the election in a free, fair and fear-free environment.
Any types of activities related to the election is prohibited during that period. The EC has also prohibited the political parties from organizing electoral assembly, meeting and door-to-door campaigning.
The Election Code of Conduct mentioned that advertisement in favour and against the political parties and candidates, talk show, argument, analysis, question and answer programs should not be conducted as well as articles disseminating negative message, pictures regarding election should not be published during this hour.
No message, information and publicity in favour and against political parties and candidates should be posted, shared, commented and replied as well as news in favour and against political parties and candidates should not been disseminated or published in social sites, online, print media and other means in silence period.
The Nepal Telecommunication Authority has been instructed to regulate it. The EC has also directed the Nepal Telecom not to provide SMS service during the silence period.
The EC has urged one and all to fully abide by the silence period norms and values.
However, authorities are worried about controlling campaigning through social sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok during the silence period.