NHRC condemns poll event disruption

Kathmandu, June 12

The National Human Rights Commission today issued a press release condemning the acts of disruption at a programme attended by Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav in Saptari yesterday.

The NHRC said the acts of waving black flags at a constitutional post holder and disrupting a planned programme cannot aid mutual cordiality, democratic practices and guarantee of human rights. “It is the responsibility of all concerned parties to allow a constitutional post holder to act in an independent and impartial manner,” it said in its release.

Stating that election was the foundation of democracy and human rights, the NHRC urged all to not do anything to adversely affect poll related activities. “Since the inherent values of human rights are reflected when  people are allowed  to  express their opinion pursuant to the constitution and laws and when others  respect dissenting voices, the commission urges all to keep the door open for dialogue,” the NHRC said, a day after the Federal Alliance announced its fresh protests to disrupt the polls scheduled for June 28.

The FA demands, among other things, that the constitution amendment bill be passed and the number of local levels increased in the Madhes in proportion with the population of the region.