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Road outside Election Commission declared prohibited zone

Kathmandu, April 2, 2017: The Kathmandu Chief District Officer on Sunday declared the road outside the Election Commission among six places of the Capital prohibited zone after various political parties centred their protests at the constitutional body in the run-up to the May 14 local level elections.

CDO Him Nath Dawadi issued the order in accordance with Section 6(3) of the Local Administration Act, 1971.

Other prohibited zones include the President’s Office at Sheetal Niwas, the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar, roads outside the southern and western gates of Singhadarbar, the roads outside the Parliament Building in Naya Baneshwor and the Vice-President’s residence in Lazimpat.

The CDO made the decision a couple of hours after police detained various leaders and cadres including former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai from a demonstration outside the EC building this morning.

Bhattarai was leading a protest organised by his Naya Shakti Nepal Party against the legal provision of not giving election symbols to the parties not represented in the Parliament.

Just a week ago, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party had also held a violent protest outside the EC office, in which dozens had sustained minor injuries.