Kathmandu, 10 September, 2017 : The Election Commission sought clarification from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Federal Affairs and Local Development Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, who is also chairman of Nepal Democratic Forum, and the NDF mayoral candidate for Birgunj Metropolis Bimal Prasad Srivastav regarding violation of the poll code.
The EC sought clarification from both within 24 hours, said EC Spokesperson Navraj Dhakal. Dhakal said clarification was sought from Gachhadar as he was in the motorcycle rally taken out by his party candidate Srivastav.
Election Commissioner Ila Sharma said the polls panel asked Srivastav to state why his candidacy should not be cancelled. Sharma said the EC had video footage that showed Srivastav bringing out the motorcycle rally. The EC received complaints that Srivastav had brought out a rally comprising almost 100 motor cycles and two dozen four-wheelers.
Similarly, the EC also sought clarification from Minister of State for Irrigation Amar Singh Pun for ferrying party cadres in his office vehicle in Jitpur-Simara sub-metropolis. Pun is associated with the Nepali Congress.
EC has the power to cancel candidacy for violating the poll code.
Parties and candidates are prohibited from taking out motor cycle rallies and distributing election symbol-printed caps and T-shirts during poll campaigning.