May 10: District administration offices in all three districts in the Kathmandu Valley have decided to ban the supply and consumption of alcoholic products in view of the May 13 local level elections.
Issuing separate notices on Tuesday, the respective DAO informed that the decision shall come into effect from midnight today and continue till May 13, the day fixed for holding the elections at entire 753 local units in a single phase.
Lalitpur's chief district officer Ghanshyam Upadhyay confirmed that the office has issued a public notice about the prohibition of sale and intake of alcohol. Security agencies in all six local levels in the district have directed the subordinate security bodies to ensure the effective enforcement of the decision.
According to Bhaktapur CDO Rudradevi Sharma, violation of the order is punishable and the sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited near the vote counting venues until the counting gets over. She said that the use of liquor may rise during the election period and it may jeopardize security, that's why its sale and consumption is prohibited during election.
Likewise, the Kathmandu DAO said it will not allow the sale and use of alcohol from midnight today till May 13. -- RSS