PM asks security forces to ensure safe environment
Nepalgunj, Nov. 15: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has instructed the chiefs of the security bodies to ensure an environment for free, fair, safe and credible elections.
“It is the responsibility of the security bodies to create an environment in which the voters can exercise their franchise in a peaceful way without any fear,” Prime Minister Deuba said while inaugurating a seminar of the chiefs of the security bodies in Nepalgunj on Tuesday.
Addressing the gathering of the chiefs of the security organisations of 16 districts of Provinces No 5 and 6, the Prime Minister stressed the need for managing tight security so that the people feel secure.
Referring to incidents of violence in a few districts of mid-western Nepal where attempted attacks were made on candidates to terrify them and the voters, the Prime Minister instructed the security chiefs not to allow such incidents to repeat.
“The main responsibility at present is to provide reliable security to the voters,” the Prime Minister said.
Stating that the government had already instructed the concerned security agencies to take stern action against all those who create panic among the people, engage in extortion and in disturbing the elections, Prime Minister Deuba reiterated that the government would not tolerate any anti-election activity.
He also urged the participants of the seminar to pay special attention to the security of the candidates.
He said that the government was cooperating with the Election Commission to accelerate the election preparation works, keeping in mind the cold weather, difficult topography and other technical aspects.
He said cooperation from the political parties, social organisations and people was equally important to maintain security.
Secretary at the Home Ministry Mohan Krishna Sapkota also spoke on the occasion.
Chief District Officers and district chiefs of the Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force, National Investigation Department and Nepal army of the 16 districts participated in the seminar.
On the occasion, chief district officers of all the 16 districts gave a briefing about the security situation in the concerned districts.
The Prime Minister also addressed the meeting of the democratic alliance and a gathering of the Nepali Congress cadres, organised by the party’s district committee.