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EC summons Koirala, Prachanda

world Updated: Apr 01, 2008 02:58 IST
Anirban Roy
Anirban Roy
Hindustan Times
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Nepal’s Election Commission on Monday summoned Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist chief Prachanda and raised questions about violation of the code of conduct by political parties. The chief of the Communist Party of Nepal (UML) Madhav Kumar Nepal was also summoned.

During the last one week, the EC had taken note of incidents wherein the Maoists violated the code of conduct. As the Maoists are contesting elections for the first time in Nepal, the cadres have gone on a rampage across the country and have been largely accused of beating up and kidnapping members of other political parties.

“They (the leaders) were called at the EC to discuss about a possible solution to the incidents of violation of the election code of conduct,” Laxman Bhattarai, the spokesperson of the EC told Hindustan Times on Monday.

This is for the first time in Nepal’s political history that the EC has summoned the Prime Minister for violating the code of conduct.

The EC has expressed its concern and distress over the violent incidents in connection with the electioneering process and requested the leaders of the political parties to restrain their members.