All security arrangements for polls set up, claims Nidhi

KATHMANDU: Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi said on Sunday that all security arrangements for the May 14 local level elections have been made.

Informing about the poll preparations at the State Affairs Committee meeting of the Parliament, Nidhi informed that a three-tier security strategy would be adopted for normal, sensitive and more sensitive threats.

He also informed that the arrangements had been made following the suggestion from local levels as well as the identification of security threats and their analysis.

He also informed that 231,000 security personnel would be deployed for the elections, adding that the Ministry of Home Affairs had made the security provisions, coordinating among security forces.

In another context, the Nepali Congress leader added that CPN-UML’s agreement to the Constitution amendment bill and the flexibility of the agitating Madhes-centric parties would create conducive environment for the polls.

Stating that the political environment for the polls was not yet created, Nidhi claimed that the Election Commission and the security arrangement were not sufficient; political parties had also an important role to play in democracy.

He stressed the political settlement through dialogues among the parties for the success of the elections.

Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav also informed the Committee that 13.2million ballot papers for 62 districts had been printed.

Six sets of voter lists and voter identification cards were being printed, informed Yadav, adding that voter education programme through the media had been going on.

The Nepal Army would be assigned in transportation of ballot papers and the Armed Police Force for additional support, added Yadav.

Meanwhile, Yadav pointed out the need for educating the voters as the size of the ballot papers would be bigger this time.

The doubts about possibility of elections should be dispelled as the environment for election in more than 90 per cent of the region had been created, stated Yadav.

Meanwhile, lawmakers drew attention of the Election Commission to the violation of election code of conduct in some districts.