NHRC to monitor elections in 35 districts on June 28

  • To monitor from Human Rights point of view

Kathmandu, June 22

The National Human Rights Commission will deploy its monitors in all 35 districts of Provinces 1, 5 and 7 where second phase of local polls will be held.

The NHRC issued a press release saying its teams would monitor the second phase of local polls from the human rights point of view.

NHRC monitoring teams will observe whether or not the political parties are able to organize peaceful assemblies and express their opinions freely. The NHRC teams will also monitor whether any political party is using children in their campaigns and whether or not all voters including differently-abled people, minorities and senior citizens have the chance to vote in a free and fearless manner. The rights body said that it would also monitor poll code violations and overall security situation during the poll campaign.

The NHRC said that its regional and sub-regional offices  which had monitored the nomination filing process reported  incidents of clashes in Bajura, Nawalparasi, Banke, Sunsari, Kapilvastu and Khotang districts. The NHRC said it was serious about the killing of one person during a clash.

The rights body, however, did not give the name of the victim and the district where he was killed.

A UML cadre was killed in a clash with the supporters of Nepali Congress in Bajura district on June 18.

The NHRC urged the government to punish those responsible for the killing of one person and to provide compensation to the victim’s family.  The NHRC also demanded free treatment for those injured in a bomb blast. It asked the government to hold second phase of local polls in free and fair manner and protect voters’ rights. It also expects the political parties to maintain restraint and carry out their political activities in a peaceful manner.