Yadav confident about poll security

Kathmandu, December 3

Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav today said the Election Commission was confident about security arrangements made by the government and security agencies for the second phase of provincial and parliamentary elections.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Yadav urged all voters to cast their votes in the upcoming elections without any fear.

“We have directed the government and senior officials of security agencies to take all measures to ensure adequate security in elections,” said Yadav. He added that the Ministry of Home Affairs and all security agencies had assured the poll panel proper security in elections.

Stating that help of all stakeholders was essential to make elections free, fair and impartial, CEC Yadav asked all political parties, candidates and mass media to follow election code of conduct. He asked political parties, their sister wings and candidates to stop campaigning during the silence period, which would begin 48 hours before the polling day.

Yadav added that all preparations for the second phase of elections were over. He said the poll panel had deployed polling officers and assistant polling officers in polling centres of all 128 constituencies of 45 districts. The polling officers and assistant polling officers will distribute voter identity cards to new voters and those who could not receive them in the local level elections.

The EC said 133 joint secretaries were deployed as chief election monitors and 88 joint secretaries as micro monitors in 45 districts. Around 400 long- and short-term international observers and around 45,000 observers of 52 national organisations will be deployed on election day, according to CEC Yadav.