MoHA warns against anti-poll activities

Kathmandu, November 19

In the wake of a spate of bomb blasts targeting election candidates and campaigners, the Ministry of Home Affairs has said that the government is committed to and capable of holding the upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections in a free, fair, impartial and peaceful environment.

A press release issued by the home ministry said personnel of all security agencies — Nepali Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department — were deployed across the country for poll security. Over 98,000 temporary cops are also working in tandem with the security agencies.

It said the government was providing security to voters, candidates, political leaders, journalists, observers and voting logistics.

“The government has stepped up security to ensure free and fair elections. Security agencies have been carrying out rigorous checking, patrolling, picketing and seal and search operation to deal with anti-election elements,” stated the release.

The Ministry of Home Affairs also said that its serious attention had been drawn to attacks on candidates, election campaigners and general public.

“The government cautions all not to engage and cause others to engage in anti-election activities. The government will treat such incidents as criminal offences and deal those involved in such incidents accordingly,” the home ministry warned.

The ministry said the government had directed all security agencies not to compromise on security and initiate legal action against any person or group involved in criminal offences.

“The government has arrested over 130 persons in connection with anti-election activities across the country,” it informed.