EC holds discussion with security agencies

Kathmandu, March 17

The Election Commission today discussed with all four securities agencies — Nepali Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department — their integrated security plan for local level polls slated for May 14.

The election body, which has held meetings with security agencies twice earlier, had discussed the operational security plan approved by Central Security Committee headed by home minister.

“Security agencies presented their operational plan,” Election Commissioner Sudhir Shah told The Himalayan Times. He said security agencies had presented theoretical plans during earlier meetings with EC. The EC, however, had sought operational plan. “We have also sought additional security plans for worst scenarios,” said Shah.

The EC commissioners also asked the home ministry to direct chief district officers of Tarai districts to communicate and coordinate with their counterparts in adjoining districts of India.

At the meeting, Shah said the local level polls were the first step towards implementing the constitution. He told the security agencies that questions would be raised not only on the EC’s capability but also on the sustainability of democracy and constitution in case polls could not held. “We told them that the security plan should be dynamic, as situation could change any time,” added Shah. He said the commission had also sought formation of Central Unified Security Command under MoHA to execute, command, coordinate and direct security agencies.

Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav today briefed PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal on the preparation for local level polls. He expressed concern about security situation in Tarai districts, especially in Province-2.

“We should move forward taking all parties, including the United Democratic Madhesi Front, on board,” said Yadav after meeting the PM.  He had also asked the PM to forge consensus with the agitating Madhes-centric parties. The PM in response said the government was ready to extend all kind of support to the election body and had been trying its best to convince agitating Madhesi parties to take part in the election.