Govt urged to provide proper security for polls

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, December 1:Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Ayodhee Prasad Yadav on Thursday urged the government and the security agencies to amplify security mobility to create an atmosphere so that the voters can cast their votes in the second phase of the elections to be held on December 7 without fear.

Addressing an orientation programme organised by the Election Commission at its headquarters for micro monitors deputed for the December 7 elections, Chief Commissioner Yadav underscored the need to provide security to the voters, candidates, election materials and staff. 

Mentioning that the Commission was deputing the micro-monitors to create a free, fair, independent and credible atmosphere for the second phase of the elections, Dr. Yadav directed them to minutely scrutinise incidents related to the violation of the election code of conduct and punish the violators on the spot. 

“Since a minor fault and mistake can raise several questions about the sanctity of the elections, I urge you all to perform your duties cautiously and carefully during the elections,” the Chief Commissioner told the micro-monitors.

Similarly, Election Commissioner Sudhir Kumar Shah also directed the micro-monitors to sincerely execute their works and submit reports regularly.  

EC secretary Begendra Raj Sharma Poudyal instructed them to secretly monitor the activities relating to the violation of the election code, overall preparations of the elections, activities of the election staff and expenses of the political parties and candidates, and routinely inform the election body about them. 

The EC is deputing as many as 88 under-secretary level staff of the government as micro-monitors from December 2 to December 8 in 45 districts where the second round of the elections are going to take place.

Meanwhile, Election Commissioner Sudhir Kumar Shah on Thursday visited Lalitpur district to inquire about the election-related latest developments and activities being carried out in the district.

Commissioner Shah took stock of the overall security situation of the district, the election preparations, the deployment and management of election staff and monitoring of the election code of conduct during his visit.

Chief Returning Officer Balmukund Dawadi, Chief District Officer Mahadev pant, Senior Superintendent of Police Ganesh Bahadur Air and other senior security officials of the district apprised the Commissioner of the overall security situation and election preparations in the district.

According to a press statement issued by the election body, Shah directed the election and security officials to remove publicity materials being hung by the political parties and candidates in violation of the election code of conduct.

He also directed them to update the EC headquarters about the latest progress regarding the removal of the election materials used against the election code within two days.

Shah, who also looks after the election security and the election code of conduct at the EC, today paid a monitoring visit to Lalitpur following his visit to Kathmandu and Bhaktapur districts as part of the symbolic monitoring of the Kathmandu Valley in view of the second phase of the federal and provincial elections scheduled for December 7.


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