The code of conduct for the National Assembly elections has come into force since Monday. The Election Commission had earlier said that the election code of conduct would be enforced from January 10 to maintain fairness, transparency and an environment without fear.
The code of conduct has been implemented specifically for individuals, bodies concerned and officials, according to the EC. The commission has also urged all the stakeholders to follow the code of conduct. Those violating the code of conduct would face legal action, warned the EC. Meanwhile, the EC has published the final list of candidates and the election symbols have been provided to the office of the Election Officer of all seven provinces for the National Assembly election. There are 43 candidates in the National Assembly election for 19 seats to be conducted on January 26. None of the registered candidates have withdrawn their candidacy. The parties in the five-party coalition government are contesting the by-elections for the National Assembly members with seat adjustments. Similarly, the main opposition party CPN-UML has also fielded its own candidate. Candidates of Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Center), Janata Samajbadi Party, CPN (Unified Socialists) and Rastriya Janamorcha are contesting the election. Elections are being conducted for a total of 19 posts representing the provinces, including women, dalits, persons with disabilities or minorities and others. Of them, seven women, three dalits, two disabled and seven others will be elected.