Election commission to take action for insulting candidates and parties on social media

Kathmandu: The Election Commission (EC) has warned that action will be taken against those who insult candidates and political parties on social media.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the commission said that posting inaccurate, misleading, character assassination, personal insults and defamatory material targeting candidates and political parties on social media would violate the freedom and dignity of the election.

Spokesperson Shaligram Sharma Poudel said that doing so would be against the election code of conduct and the commission would take action.

The commission has stated that it will take action as per Article 23 of the Election Commission Act 2073, considering that it has violated the code of conduct by giving false information, propaganda and hate speech during the election period.

The commission also said that efforts have been made to establish contacts and cooperation with the offices of Facebook, Twitter, Tiktok, Viber and Google to curb false information, propaganda and hate speech.

The Commission has also mentioned in the press release that the social media office has been informed about the provisions prohibiting false information, propaganda and hate speech through the Nepali Embassy.

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