EC warns against cabinet expansion

Kathmandu, 11 September, 2017 :  Taking strong exception to the government's plan to expand the cabinet, the Election Commission has said that it amounts to violation of the election code of conduct. 

EC Commissioner Narendra Dahal said cabinet expansion ahead of the scheduled polls would be against the election code of conduct, which has already come into effect. “Expanding the cabinet now will go against the election code of conduct. Let us see how the government moves ahead, we will respond accordingly,” said Commissioner Dahal.

Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav said they are in a 'wait and see' position now. “Let us first see how the government will act tomorrow [Monday], then we will comment,” Yadav told Republica. 

The election code of conduct bars the government from taking any action, which could influence election results. The government cannot even transfer, appoint and depute any government official without EC's consent.

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