Increase in local level units 'rigging elections': Oli

KATHMANDU: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli said on Thursday that attempts to revise the number of local level units at the backdrop of fielding candidates for the elections is tantamount to rigging elections.

Inaugurating the national election campaign assembly organised by the party's Central Publicity Department in Kathmandu, Chair Oli  alleged that acts such as distribution of electricity poles at night, transfer of the budgetary funds, backdated decisions,  propaganda against the UML by hiring foreign experts and creation of 'terror' in the Nepal Police are the violation of election code of conducts.

The UML chairman complained that the leaders of the ruling parties gave him irresponsible answer after he reminded them that the date for the second phase of the elections-June 14 coincided with Muslim festival Ramjan.

"Taking a decision to conduct the elections in two phases and seeking to bring the budget before the second phase of the elections too is a plot to prevent the election," he said, adding that re-introducing the constitution amendment bill that had already been withdrawn is also anti- election and anti-national.

He expressed his annoyance over the allegation that his party UML is against the election.

Underlining the need of holding three-tier elections for the implementation of the Constitution, Oli warned that the country would face a political and constitutional crisis if the elections of the House of Representatives were not held.

He also alleged that attempts were being made to repeat the past mistakes in which a non-political government had to be formed to conduct the election.

Stating that it was a farce to try and arrest Deputy Inspector General of Police, Nawaraj Silwal, on the charge of presenting fake documents to the court when what he had presented was the performance evaluation paper bearing the signature of the Home Secretary that had already come in the public, he wondered how the people's security would be guaranteed in such a situation.

Senior party leaders will impart orientation to the participants at the assembly in the closed session. The assembly will also chart out the party's election campaign plans.

UML's election campaign theme song released

Meanwhile, UML launched its theme song for the election campaign.

Party chairman released an album containing three theme songs related to its election campaign, amidst a programme organised at the party central office.