Poll panel, NHRC discuss elections

Kathmandu, November 20

Office-bearers of the Election Commission and National Human Rights Commission discussed the overall preparations and situation of the upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections.

A team led by chairperson of NHRC Anupraj Sharma here today enquired about the different issues including upcoming polls, security system, voter education and election code of conduct with the Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav and other commissioners.

Saying the weak security situation was the main concern regarding election, NHRC Chairperson Sharma stressed the need to make voter education more effective so as to have less invalid votes in the upcoming elections.

He also inquired about the security arrangement for holding elections in a free and fearless manner.

Chairperson Sharma said, “I, on the behalf of the NHRC urge the voters to exercise their voting rights in order to ensure a prosperous nation and a stable government,” he added that the NHRC was going to deploy more than 200 human resources to observe the election.

Similarly, chief election commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav said that they could not manage voting machines this time due to inadequate time. He further said that the misuse of children in publicity campaign and arbitrary flow of money by candidates were also controlled this time in comparison to past elections, which was good sign.

CEC Yadav reiterated effective implementation of the election code of conduct and urged all to cooperate in this regard.

Also present on the occasion were election commissioner Narendra Dahal, NHRC commissioners Prakash Wasti and Mohana Ansari, among others.