Hetauda/Sindhulimadi, April 12
Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav today said strong commitment among election officers was vital for successfully conducting local level polls slated for May 14.
Speaking at a training session held by the Election Commission for chief election officers and election officers of Dhanusha and Mahottari districts for the second time in Hetauda today, Yadav said, “Professional commitment among election officers across 75 districts will ensure success of the local level election.”
Yadav urged election officers to develop necessary cooperation and coordination with the local administration as well as security personnel to conduct polls in a fair and free manner. He added that preparations for the polls were almost over.
Chief Judge at Hetauda-based Patan High Court Sushmalata Mathema said the local level election would pave the way for implementation of federalism in the country. Central Regional Administrator Shambhu Koirala also urged election officers to be well prepared for all kinds of challenges during the election.
Meanwhile, Yadav addressed a similar training in Sindhuli’s district headquarters Sindhulimadi today. Speaking at the training, Yadav expressed confidence that disgruntled forces, including the Madhesi front, would participate in the polls.
He claimed that dissenting forces would agree to part take in the polls within a few days as talks to bring them on-board were under way.
Yadav said the election will be held in a single phase on the slated date as the commission was preparing accordingly. “The government and Election Commission are working to forge agreement with the disgruntled forces,” he said.
He added that Nepali Army personnel would be mobilised to maintain law and order across the country during the polls. “No matter what threats we have to encounter, we will not set back from holding the election on the scheduled date,” he said.
Yadav directed the concerned authority to keep a close vigil on local political leaders and their activists to maintain the election code of conduct.
He also observed the training being given to the temporary police personnel at District Police Office Sindhuli.
A version of this article appears in print on April 13, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.