Elections will be held as scheduled, says EC chief

Hetauda/Pokhara, April 11

Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav today  said that civic polls would be held on May 14 at any  cost.

Talking to mediapersons in Hetauda, Yadav claimed that  local polls would be held on the announced date. “The Election  Commission is preparing to hold polls on the slated date,” he said.

Yadav said the EC had expedited training for election officers and offices would be opened for poll officers immediately.

He informed that ballot papers for 60 districts had already been printed.  “EC is doing everything possible to hold the polls on the slated date.  Thus, I urge everyone not to doubt whether the civic polls will be held,” Yadav  added.

Yadav expressed confidence that Madhesi parties would participate in the May 14 polls.

He  said that the EC would do everything to hold polls in a free, fair and  transparent manner with maximum application of technology.

Meanwhile, in Pokhara, Election Commissioner Ishwori Prasad Paudel today said civic polls would be held on the scheduled date.

Talking to mediapersons, Paudel said the election commission was doing everything possible to conduct the polls in a single phase on the announced date. He claimed that civic polls would not be cancelled, or put off at any cost. Stating that the poll was indispensable for implementing the statute, Paudel warned that failure to hold polls would plunge the country into constitutional crisis.

Paudel admitted that election education had been ineffective in the villages. He, however, pledged that his office would send volunteers to educate people very soon. He said that as many as 60 kinds of poll-related materials including ballot paper and ink were required for the polls.

Paudel said the prevailing election act barred the commission from giving party election symbols and changing the number of local bodies.

At the programme, EC Spokesperson Surya Prasad Sharma said that printing of voters’ ID cards was under way and they would be distributed from the voting centres.