CEC asks govt to step up security

Undercover officials to micro-monitor in 45 districts

Kathmandu, November 30

Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav today asked the government and security agencies to boost security so that every voter could cast vote fearlessly.

Addressing an orientation programme of micro-monitors at the EC central office in Kantipath, CEC Yadav stressed the need of adequate security for every voter, candidate, EC staffer and electoral material.

Yadav stated that undercover officials would be deployed for micro-monitoring in 45 districts, where the second phase of provincial and parliamentary elections would be held on December 7.

He said undercover officers would ensure that political parties and candidates followed the election code of conduct and didn’t influence voters. “The EC has to ensure maximum participation of voters in elections,” he said, adding that help of all stakeholders would be taken to ensure voter-friendly environment.

Yadav also directed monitors to impartially accomplish assignments given by the poll panel. Stating that even minor flaws and weaknesses could raise questions about the fairness of elections, he cautioned them to fulfil their responsibility with total dedication.

EC Commissioner Sudhir Kumar Shah directed the officials to work towards ensuring free, fair and impartial elections and submit report to officials concerned at the EC regularly.

Issuing a press release, EC Spokesperson Navaraj Dhakal said 88 undercover officers would be deployed from tomorrow in 45 districts. They will also be deployed in sensitive and most sensitive areas.

The poll panel stated that monitors would also monitor EC staff.