Ministry of Home Affairs has ‘robust’ plan for election security

Kathmandu, November 5

The Ministry of Home Affairs has said that a ‘robust’ election security plan is being implemented for security during the upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections.

“The completion of candidates’ nomination in a peaceful environment shows how prepared we are for holding elections. The comprehensive election security plan formulated by the ministry in consultation with the Election Commission, security agencies and other stakeholders has already come into effect,” a MoHA official said.

Over 250 security personnel will be deployed for the first phase of the provincial and parliamentary elections to be held in 32 districts, he informed.

Nepal Police personnel and temporary cops will be deployed inside the polling centres while Armed Police Force and Nepali Army will man the second and the outermost ring respectively.

He said security challenges could escalate during the elections due to unfair competition among political parties.

Security agencies have classified constituencies and polling centres into highly sensitive, sensitive and normal in terms of security threat.

Officials said there was no specific information that suggested a threat to elections, but added that security personnel would remain vigilant throughout the country to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections.

The home ministry is also planning  to deploy at least seven NA soldiers, 50 APF personnel, 30 Nepal Police personnel and as many temporary cops led by inspector at each polling centre.

However, the number of security personnel manning the polling station will depend on the area and population. Nepal Police has been tasked with acting as a first responder if they is any untoward incident takes place.

The official said the government would provide security for voters at polling centres, candidates, transportation of ballot papers and boxes and counting stations. “Security plan will be applicable until the victory rally of the candidates,” he informed.