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Only vehicles carrying passes can be driven on polling day

2022 May 09, 11:34, Kathmandu

Only vehicles with valid driver's licenses will be permitted to drive on May 13, the day of the municipal election. Journalists will be issued a driver's license (pass) based on the quota allotted to them.

On election day, voters are not permitted to drive. Vehicles licensed by the Election Commission and the District Administration Office, on the other hand, are permitted to operate. On the recommendation of the Chief Electoral Officer, the District Administration Office issues pass to candidates and their representatives.

Permitted vehicles should also be used for people with physical disabilities to get to and from the polling station. When travelling in this way, a person with a disability can be accompanied by a member of his own family.

Emergency services ambulances, drinking water tankers, fire engines, telecommunications, hearses, hospitals, electricity and vehicles of diplomats using blue number plates, however, do not need to be allowed a vehicle pass. But no vehicles with foreign number plates can be used.

The Election Commission must pass the Constitutional Commission, its provincial and district office representatives, observers from diplomatic missions and missions, invited commission guests, members of UN missions, observers entrusted by the Election Commission, partner bodies, international organizations, and others.

On the recommendation of the regulatory body, the District Administration Office grants pass to other government and private offices.

As per the Election Commission, journalists who are using two-wheelers or four-wheelers on election day should also acquire a permit from the District Administration Office regarding the Information Department's recommendations.

Passes are distributed to journalists in the Kathmandu Valley by the District Administration Office on the recommendation of the Information Department.

Quotas for car passes have been set aside for the media. A maximum of 5 permits are accessible for office use and a total of 20 passes are authorized for newsgathering

Other daily were given 5 passes for office use and 10 permits for newsgathering, while weekly publications were granted a maximum of three passes.

A maximum of ten will be allocated to television, one to radio and seven to newsgathering.

Two passes are allowed for office use and five are available for newsgathering.

The quota for photojournalists has already been set at a maximum of seven for each institution, with the National News Agency receiving up to five (NNA).

According to the Election Commission's vehicle management criteria, a pass published by the Department of Information or on the recommendation of the divisional branch of the Federation of Nepali Journalists can be obtained from the District Administration Office for media outlets outside the Kathmandu Valley.

The application for a driver's license must be submitted by May 11 this year, according to the Election Commission's vehicle management criteria.


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