BIRGUNJ: Over two million Nepalis living abroad are likely to be deprived of exercising their voting rights in the upcoming Constituent Assembly polls, if sources at the Election Commission are anything to go by.
Election Commissioner Rambhakta PB Thakur, speaking at a joint interaction of the stakeholders from Parsa, Bara and Rautahat, revealed of the improbability of the Nepali expatriates casting votes in the coming CA election. “As a one-time ambassador, I realise how much importance the polls hold for the Nepalis living outside, but I’m sorry to confess that we won’t be able to include them in this election,” he said, accrediting the EC’s failure in this regard to various legal and technical rigmaroles in the run up to polls.
According to the data available about two million Nepalis are living abroad, and voices are frequently raised that the state should guarantee the voting rights to the lot.
On the poll date, he said, “It is better if elections are held by the end of October. In November it might be difficult in the hilly
areas.” Thakur expressed hope that voices that are being heard against the election will soon dissipate with the nation slowly getting caught up in election fever.
On the occasion, representatives of various political parties had drawn the election commissioner’s attention towards the challenge of managing security for the polls.