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.

The above incident draws attention to following codes of ‘The Code of Conduct on Election to Members of the Constituent Assembly 2007’:

Code No 13 – In course of election publicity campaigns, carrying of arms and weapons or explosives, or display or use of chemical or poisonous materials, or sticks, spears, Khukuris and the likes of sharp and dangerous nature is prohibited.

Code No 16 – No political party or candidate or their supporters shall disturb or obstruct any procession or mass meeting organized by another party or candidate.

Code No 33 – No person shall stop, detain or block any candidate from canvassing election for election by committing such acts as using or showing fear, threat or terror or intimidation or force nor shall do, or caused to be done, any act in such a manner as to cause direct or indirect impacting the election.

2. Approximately 30 Young Communist League (YCL) cadres have disrupted election program of Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN UML in Pachowk VDC, Lumjung district on 26 March 2008. YCL has prohibited NC to enter into the Packhowk VDC. YCL imposed barriers to Mr. Tulsi Naryan Shrestha, NC candidate for constituency –one Lamjung at Sandhikhola on his way to Packhowk VDC from Shree Bhanjyang VDC. Similarly, YCL cadres had warned people not to participate in UML election mass meeting in Nauthar, Lamjung. These people were heading towards the very election mass meeting.

The above incident draws attention to following codes of ‘The Code of Conduct on Election to Members of the Constituent Assembly 2007’:

Code No 16 – No political party or candidate or their supporters shall disturb or obstruct any procession or mass meeting organised by another party or candidate.

Code No 33 – No person shall stop, detain or block any candidate from canvassing election for election by committing such acts as using or showing fear, threat or terror or intimidation or force nor shall do, or caused to be done, any act in such a manner as to cause direct or indirect impacting the election.

3. An unidentified group has destroyed election campaign materials being used for Mr. Deepak Karki, CPN UML candidate for constituency – six in Gauradaha VDC, Jhapa on March 26, 2008 in midnight.

The above incident draws attention to following code of ‘The Code of Conduct on Election to Members of the Constituent Assembly 2007’:

Code No 33 – No person shall stop, detain or block any candidate from canvassing election for election by committing such acts as using or showing fear, threat or terror or intimidation or force nor shall do, or caused to be done, any act in such a manner as to cause direct or indirect impacting the election.

4. A group of CPN Maoist cadres attacked Nepali Congress cadre Mr. Ganesh Budathoki in Kulung VDC, Bhojpur district on March 26, 2008 at 1600 hours. The attack has caused Mr. Budhathoki badly injured. Mr. Budathoki has a serious problem on his right eye and left leg.

The above incident draws attention to following code of ‘The Code of Conduct on Election to Members of the Constituent Assembly 2007’:

Code No 33 – No person shall stop, detain or block any candidate from canvassing election for election by committing such acts as using or showing fear, threat or terror or intimidation or force nor shall do, or caused to be done, any act in such a manner as to cause direct or indirect impacting the election.

5. A clash has taken place in Khapti Bhanjyang VDC, Gorkha district between the local students and Nepali congress (NC) cadres on 27 March 2008. The scuffle broke when local students showed black flag to Mr. Chiranjibi Wagle, NC candidate for constituency – one. The scuffle caused a student Mr. Sijan Karri minor injury.

The above incident draws attention to following codes of ‘The Code of Conduct on Election to Members of the Constituent Assembly 2007’:

Code No 35 – If any person or group obstructs a canvassing program organized by any political party or candidate, such party or candidate shall make a verbal request or an application to the local administration to take action against such person or group in accordance with the law. No political party, candidate, activist or supporter shall, on their own, take any kind of action against such person or group.

Code No 41 – Party workers and supporters should be made fully aware of election Code of Conduct and should be required to observe the same. Concern parties or candidates should take liability for violation of code of conduct done by their workers or supporters.

6. On March 25, 2008, CPN UML has lodged complain to the District Election Office against an employee of District Administration Office (DAO), Mr. Dharma Raj Neupane with the allegation that he offered voters of Sanushree VDC, Bardiya district to release money listing them as Internally Displaced People (IDP) if they commit to vote for Nepali Congress. District Election Office has said that the case is being investigated. CPN UML has also alleged other staff members at district administration office who are also associated in this case.

If the above case is proved, the incident would draw attention to following codes of ‘The de of Conduct on Election to Members of the Constituent Assembly 2007’:

Code No 36 – The Government of Nepal, body owned or controlled by the Government of Nepal or local body shall neither declare new policies, plans and programs nor implement them or mobilize, or cause to be mobilized, human resources and other means and resources for the implementation of such policies, plans and programs.

However, it shall not be deemed to prohibit implementation or operation or continuation of plans approved prior to the enforcement of this Code of Conduct.

Code No 47- The Government of Nepal, body owned or controlled by the Government of Nepal or local body shall not do, or cause to be done, acts such as laying foundation stone of, or inaugurating, any plan, accepting, starting, surveying, studying, or providing grants to, a new plan or program.

However, when owing to the occurrence of an event beyond control due to natural calamity, it becomes necessary to render assistance on humanitarian ground; nothing shall be deemed to prevent the providing such assistance.

7. A group of YCL cadres (approximately 60 people) attacked CPN UML cadres in Belapur VDC, Dadeldhura on March 26, 2008 at 730 hours and looted election publicity materials. CPN UML cadres Mr. Karna Bista and Mr. Bhan Bahadur Saud were injured in the incident.

The above incident draws attention to following codes of ‘The Code of Conduct on Election to Members of the Constituent Assembly 2007’:

Code No 16 – No political party or candidate or their supporters shall disturb or obstruct any procession or mass meeting organised by another party or candidate.

Code No 33 – No person shall stop, detain or block any candidate from canvassing election for election by committing such acts as using or showing fear, threat or terror or intimidation or force nor shall do, or caused to be done, any act in such a manner as to cause direct or indirect impacting the election.

8. YCL cadres have looted weapons from Mr. Madhav KC, Assistance Inspector of police and three other security personnel deployed for the security of Ms. Devi Oli, CPN UML candidate for Rukum constituency – one on March 26, 2008. The incident took place at Taksera VDC, Rukkum district. The looted weapon includes a Chinese pistol, Chinese mouser and 35 rounds of bullet. The looted weapons have not been returned as of evening 27 March 2008.

The above incident draws attention to following code of ‘The Code of Conduct on Election to Members of the Constituent Assembly 2007’:

Code No 33 – No person shall stop, detain or block any candidate from canvassing election for election by committing such acts as using or showing fear, threat or terror or intimidation or force nor shall do, or caused to be done, any act in such a manner as to cause direct or indirect impacting the election.

9. CPN Maoist has called strike in five districts of eastern hill from today. The strike is called as a protest of death of their party cadre Mr. Ganga Bhujel (Gajendra) in an incident taken place in Solukhumbe on March 26, 2008.

The above incident draws attention to following code of ‘The Code of Conduct on Election to Members of the Constituent Assembly 2007’:

Code No 33 – No person shall stop, detain or block any candidate from canvassing election for election by committing such acts as using or showing fear, threat or terror or intimidation or force nor shall do, or caused to be done, any act in such a manner as to cause direct or indirect impacting the election.

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6 thoughts on “The Campaign Trail: Election Violence vs. Code of Conduct”

  1. Why aren’t any of the observers or the EC raising this issue? The election commisioner is claiming that the poll enviroment is improving.

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  2. King Gyanendra

    I do not think you are a good person , but you are relatively better than these maoist thugs headed by TTT Prachande and his leutenant Baburam.
    So, what are you waiting for? Just hire Indian criminals from Bihar to finish these maoist criminals because they are the ones who are violating election code of conduct and spreading violence against all these peace-loving parties.

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  3. hey mr. wagle,
    don’t only attacked to maoists. plz try to realize that the maoists will be in the top and the main agenda of the maoists is constituent assembly

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