Parties used 853 children during Phase I polls: CCWB

  • poll code violation
- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Jun 28, 2017-

Different political parties used as many as 853 children during the first round of local elections held on May 14, according to a report prepared by the Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB).

As per CCWB report, political parties had used children in as many as 37 political events in all three provinces--3, 4 and 6--where elections were held on May 14. Using children in political rallies and events is in violation of the election code of conduct. 

The children, according to the CCWB, were found to have been used in different political events including rallies, gatherings and door-to-door campaigns. 

Similarly, some children were also used as volunteers on the day of voting as well as in victory rallies, according to the report. Tarak Dhital, executive director of the CCWB, said children do have the right to know about country’s political activities and have their views, but political parties cannot use them in political rallies. 

The CCWB had immediately written to the concerned parties after it found during the monitoring that children were being used by parties. 

The CCWB had also informed the Election Commission (EC) about the issue. The EC, which has often been criticised for failing to act tough against political parties and candidates for violating poll code of conduct, however, has not initiated any action against the offenders. 

Krishna Subedi, chairman of National Coalition for Children as Peace of Zone and Child Protection, said government and NGOs working in the field of children should raise voices against the use of children in political events to stop political parties from repeating such acts. 

Published: 28-06-2017 07:46

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