During the election of members of the House of Representatives and the Provincial Assembly, which will be held on 4th of November, there is a provision for a fine of up to one lakh rupees or imprisonment for up to five years or both if found to have made defamatory statements about candidates and leaders of political parties on social media.
The Election Commission has said that it has drawn serious attention to the publication of various defamatory expressions and misleading and malicious audio/audio-visual materials about the leaders of the parties who are candidates in the election through the Facebook page group of some social media users.
The act of creating a false Facebook page group and spreading propaganda against the leader is contrary to Section 47 of the Electronic Transactions Act, 2073, Section 23 (1) of the Election (Crimes and Punishments) Act, 2073 and Section 4 of the Election Code of Conduct, 2079.
The commission has made a visible judgment.
As there is a provision for the punishment of a fine up to one lakh rupees or imprisonment for up to five years or both, the person who commits the said offense is informed to remove the false Facebook page group immediately and refrain from such activities.
Also, if the said Facebook page is not removed immediately, action will be taken according to the prevailing law, the commission said.