Create atmosphere for free elections, PM Deuba directs chiefs of security bodies

DHANGADHI: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Wednesday directed the chiefs of security bodies to create environment conducive for conducing the elections in a free and impartial atmosphere and without any sense of fear.

Addressing the province level seminar on security in Lamki of Kailali district today, the Prime Minister who also holds the portfolio of Home Minister, said there were reports that physical assaults on elections candidates were on the rise in some districts which had direct implication in the electoral process.

PM Deuba instructed the authorities concerned to dig out if there were loopholes in the election security plans and go work in a coordinated way.

He was of the view of minutely probing into attacks on election candidates, and taking action against the guilty. The security bodies should work in such a way so that such incidents would not reoccur, he added.

"It is the responsibility of all bodies concerned to conduct the elections on the scheduled dates in a peaceful and free atmosphere," he asserted.

The Prime Minister Deuba insisted on the need of maximum utilisation of available ( limited) resources and enforcing election-focused security plans effectively so as to conduct the elections in a reliable atmosphere.

He directed the authorities concerned to pay attention to the surveillance on those aspects probable of posing threats/challenges to the election security in the days ahead, possibility of unhealthy competition, forced donation, and threat to candidates' security.

Home secretary Krishna Prasad Sapkota on the programme pledged to leave no stone unturned in regard with ensuring full security of the elections.

Chiefs District Officers from all nine districts in the Province 7 and chiefs of district offices of the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department are present in the seminar.