EC calls for foolproof guarantee of peace, security

KATHMANDU: Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has urged the government to fully guarantee peace and security by preventing any kinds of anti-election activities.

Speaking in the face-to-face programme organised by Reporters Club Nepal here on Saturday, he said, "The attacks targeting the election candidates are regrettable. We are serious after the incidents that took place on Friday and Saturday (today)."

Chief election commissioner Dr Yadav was referring to the attacks on the vehicles carrying election candidates in Rukum and Rolpa districts.

"Let there be no such incidents anywhere and let such incidents not repeat," CEC Yadav said, cautioning the Ministry of Home Affairs. He also appealed to all not to have any doubts regarding whether or not the elections will take place.

Emphasising that all the voters should be able to take part in the elections without any fear, he said a meeting of the high-level security mechanism has been called for tomorrow (Sunday) to make an assessment of the security situation.

According to him, all necessary preparations for the first phase election taking place on November 26 have been completed while the ballot papers for 15 districts have been printed for the second phase election.

The Chief Election Commissioner also urged the journalists to disseminate true, factual and balanced news for the stability of democracy. He urged the media to fully abide by the election code of conduct.