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Freedom Forum electoral coverage report - February 2012

(Freedom Forum/IFEX) - This report looks at the coverage of electoral matters and political issues from 16 January to 15 February 2012.

As the committees under the Constituent Assembly failed to forge a consensus on the disputed issues in the drafting of the Constitution, there was meager news coverage about the electoral system. However, the repeated directives of the Election Commission to the political parties to submit election expenses got good coverage in the print media. After scanning six daily newspapers-Annapurnapost, Kantipur and Gorkhaptra (Nepali language) and The Republica, the Kathmandu Post and the Himalayan Times (English language), a total of 14 news items on the elections were found this month. This is almost half compared to the previous month. The news and articles were related to the election in the local bodies, voters' registration, transparency on election expenses, and discussion on new electoral system in the constituent assembly.

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