Govt to deploy 1.1 lakh cops for polls

Kathmandu, August 30:

The government is planning a “special security arrangement” for the constituent assembly polls. For this, it is making arrangements to deploy around 1.1 lakh policemen across the country.

This security arrangement is being planned as per the suggestion of the Election Commission (EC). The EC had asked the government to provide “enough security” for the November 22 polls considering the ongoing disturbances in the Tarai and the possibility of trouble during the polls. The security policy will be implemented “soon”.

Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula informed the parliamentary Constituent Assembly Election Management and Monitoring Committee today that while 40,000 Nepal Police personnel will be deployed, 70,000 will be “recruited temporarily” to be deployed as security personnel during the elections.

The cabinet has already given a “go-ahead” for recruiting temporary security personnel for the polls as per the Nepal Police Act. The temporary security personnel will be sent to the field after giving them a 15-day training before sending them to the field.

Sitaula suggested to the political parties to “accelerate” the election process and asked the Peace and Reconstruction Ministry to “speed up” the talks with disgruntled factions.

CPN-UML Mahendra Pandey and Nepali Congress (D) lawmaker Purna Bahadur Khadka had

suggested the home minister to deploy Nepal Army personnel instead. Sitaula, however, said the government was working out as per the peace accord, which says the Nepal Army will

remain inside the barracks until further arrangements are made.

Kids want their share

Surkhet: Children here have started showing keen interest in the constituent assembly polls.

Speaking at an interaction organised under the aegis of the district children’s forum in Birendranagar on Thursday, the children said they will urge their parents to vote for those candidates who they think will guarantee their rights. They said that the polls should address important issues related to children.

Chairperson of the children’s forum (Surkhet), Babita BK, said the children will get the opportunity to have a prosperous future only if their rights are guaranteed. — HNS