EC may let poll duty staff cast votes

Kathmandu, November 7

The Election Commission is likely to allow government employees deployed on election duty to cast votes in the upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections slated for November 26 and December 7.

Spokesperson for EC Nabaraj Dhakal told THT that the poll panel had already formed a committee under the leadership of Joint Secretary Dinesh Ghimire to study possibilities of letting government employees deployed on poll duty cast their votes.

The Supreme Court observed yesterday that the EC would certainly consider a way out to ensure that voting rights of government employees as guaranteed in Article 84 (5) of the constitution were not violated. Article 84 (5) states that each citizen of Nepal who has completed the age of 18 years shall have right to vote in an election constituency as provided for in the federal law.  “We always respect court verdicts and will take appropriate decision to meet the SC’s aspiration this time also,” said Dhakal.

Almost half a million government employees, including security personnel and teachers, will be deployed on election duty. The poll panel had allowed government employees and security personnel to cast their votes in both Constituent Assembly elections.