Army will come to the fore if needed: Defence Minister

KATHMANDU: Defence Minister Balkrishna Khand has said that the Nepal Army is all committed to guaranteeing security in the upcoming local-level election.

Recalling the role of NA in security arrangements in the Constituent Assembly elections, Minister Khand said, "This time, too, the NA is ready to ensure security of voters, employees and ballot boxes."

Speaking at an interaction programme organised in the Capital today, the Defence Minister stated, "The responsibility of guarding the inner cordon will be taken by the Nepal Police personnel, followed by the Armed Police Force. The NA personnel, only if necessary, will be guarding in the outer cordon for the security in the election."

"It seems that the Nepal Police and APF would be enough for the security in the election as the election will be organised in two phases," he said adding, "If the help of NA in the security arrangements is not needed, it will observe the election from inside the barracks. It will come to the fore if needed"

On the occasion, he also shared that a National Defense Security Police was forthcoming. The government has already agreed in principle in regard of bringing the defense security policy.

Meanwhile, speaking on a different note, Minister Khand stated that the revised constitution amendment proposal was brought with the objective to maintain peace and security, manage conflict and successfully hold the election of all levels.