Chief Election Commissioner rules out possibility of poll postponement

KATHMANDU:  Chief Election Commissioner  Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has said the preparations for the  June 28 local polls have been completed, adding the elections could not be postponed under any circumstances.

Speaking at the Reporters' Club on Tuesday,  CEC Yadav said, "voters are in favour of the timely elections. Its date will not be deferred under any circumstances. The EC is fully prepared for the elections and is committed for making it successful."

The CEC said candidacy registration process would start after two days and the EC had made arrangements for people exercising their franchise through 12,000 polling centers of 461 local units of four provinces- 1,2, 5 and 7- in the second round of local polls.

He reiterated that the EC had no problem in holding the elections on the scheduled date. " But political hurdles still exist," he stated, adding, "  Political environment conducive for the polls in some regions are still not there to hold the elections smoothly."

He went on to say that efforts were underway to forge consensus among the government, ruling partners and agitating forces regarding the elections, claiming the EC was persistently in touch with the Home Ministry to discuss effective measures to ensure security during the elections.

CEC  Yadav said  in case of arising election-related disputes including violation of election code, the EC had decided to depute a joint-secretarial monitoring team to the area reporting such disputes to deal with the situation, and training for those joint-secretaries to be deputed had started from today.

The micro monitoring team will be deputed on the basis of the sensitiveness of the electoral areas, according to him.

Bearing in mind the possibility of occurrence of natural adversities triggered by monsoon including rains before and after the elections, the EC had made all necessary arrangements for security of voters and safe transportation of ballot boxes.