Tight security arrangements put in place, says MoHA

Kathmandu December 6

Ministry of Home Affairs has said that it has made adequate arrangements to ensure effective and dependable security during the second phase of provincial and parliamentary polls being held in 45 districts tomorrow.

Home Secretary Mohan Krishna Sapkota urged voters to cast their ballots without fear. He said this at a press conference held at MoHA which was also attended by top ranking officials of security agencies.

Nepali Army’s Major General Purnachandra Thapa, Inspector General of Police Prakash Aryal, Inspector General of Armed Police Force Singh Bahadur Shrestha and Director of National investigation Department Dilip Regmi were present at the press conference.

“We have directed security forces to adopt preventive and proactive security measures to ensure fearless and fair environment for polls” Secretary Sapkota told mediapersons.

“Our security personnel will be able to respond within 10 to 30 minutes if there is any threat or incident in the 15,304 polling centres and 128 parliamentary constituencies,” Sapkota added.

He said security personnel were mobilised to ensure robust security. He said mobile, striking, air teams of security personnel will provide security. According to MoHA, 46,330 Nepal Police, 36,000 Nepali Army, 30,000 APF, 722 NID staff and 75,000 temporary police have been deployed.

“We have arranged high level security for the poll on the basis of our security plan and policy. We have already made all security arrangements across the polling centres,” Sapkota said.