Election Commission of Nepal at Kantipath in Kathmandu/File Photo)
KATHMANDU: The Election Commission has determined specific criteria to be followed by the political parties, election candidates and sister organizations of political parties for publicizing advertisements in the media in course of canvassing for the upcoming House of Representatives and Province Assembly elections.
Clause 15 of the Election Code of Conduct, 2079 BS issued by the EC stipulates under the conduct to be followed while using the communications media that the political parties can disseminate their election advertisements a maximum up to four times in 24 hours at least at an interval of one hour.
Similarly, the political parties can publicize their election-related publicity materials for maximum up to one minute at one time.
According to the Commission, the political parties while making publicity through the private sector-run newspapers can publish their advertisement material of maximum size of 7 by 7 inches each day in one newspaper only.
The candidate towards the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system of election for the Province Assembly can publicize the election-related advertisement maximum for three times in 24 hours at an interval of at least an hour, and they can do so for maximum one minute for one time.
Likewise, the candidate contesting the election for the member of the House of Representatives (HoR) can publicise the election-related advertisement maximum for four times in 24 hours and up to maximum one minute at one time.
The Commission has made provision in the Election Code of Conduct prohibiting publicising and publishing election-related publicity materials in the foreign media.