NHRC team finds use of children in poll publicity campaign

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Children being used during election campaigning in defiance of the election code of conduct, in Gaur, Rautahat, on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Photo: THT

JANAKPURDHAM: The National Human Rights Commission Election Monitoring Committee said that it has noticed the use of children in the election publicity campaigns of various political parties in Dhanusha, Siraha, Saptari and Mahottari districts.

Speaking at a press meet in Janakpurdham today, NHRC member Sudip Pathak said that the incidents of breaching of election code of conduct were reported in these districts.

Distribution and use of caps and t-shirts bearing the election symbol of political parties was found during the electoral campaign.

There is confusion about how to ensure smooth voting from people with disabilities, senior citizens, expecting mothers and physically incapacitated, read a statement issued in NHRC statement.

Voters have to cross rivers to reach polling centers set up in various locations and no alternative arrangements have been made for so, read the statement.

“Election candidates are found using vehicles bearing the Indian number plates and some polling centers are muddy. The Saptari-based National Primary School polling center was found waterlogged.”

The security bodies had informed NHRC team that all necessary arrangements were made in eight districts in view of upcoming elections.

The third phase of local elections is taking place in eight districts of the Province on September 18.

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