The Campaign Trail: Election Violence vs. Code of Conduct

This ‘Constituent Assembly Member Election 2008 Observation Bulletin’ was prepared by the National Election Monitoring Alliance (NEMA)

1. CPN Maoist (CPN-M) cadres attacked Nepali Congress (NC) candidate for Dhadhing Constituency -1 Mr. Dilman Pakhrin along with other nine other party cadres this morning at 0330 hours in Baseri VDC Dhading. All of them were sleeping at Mr. Santa Bahadur Tamang’s house. CPN-M cadres used sticks and khukuris while attacking. NC Area President Mr. Bhakta Bahadur Lama along with two other party cadres Mr. Jash Bahadur Gurung and Mr. Lal Bahadur Gurung have been seriously injured, while eight other people were sustained minor injury. Moreover, CPN-M cadres have caused damage the house owned by Mr. Santa Bahadur Tamang. Continue reading The Campaign Trail: Election Violence vs. Code of Conduct

Respected Lawabiding People….

A close look at the political speeches: Boring they might be, but speeches are necessary during this season of the Constituent Assembly elections. Demand for highprofile orators is increasing.

By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal

[Nepali version of this story will appear in tomorrow’s Koseli of Kantipur daily. A shorter version of the story will appear in tomorrow’s Kathmandu Post.]

Gagan Thapa addresses a campaign rally in Kirtipur last Saturday (22 March). Pic by Bikas Karki

“Comrade chairman,” comrade guest said as he stepped up to the microphone. “Comrade members of the UML’s standing and central committees who are on the dais and all the law-abiding people present at this mass meeting. I would like to greet you with the revolutionary lal salaam (red salute) on behalf of the UML.”

Lal salaam! It was UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal addressing an electoral program in New Baneshwor last Sunday. Nepal wanted to clarify something before indirectly chiding the Maoists and mentioning a few points from his party’s election manifesto in the 25-minute-long speech. “Friends,” he said, “as the campaign moves forward, leaders and actors might lose their voices.” Continue reading Respected Lawabiding People….