Security plan revised for second phase of local polls: Minister Sharma

KATHMANDU: Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma on Monday said that the government has revised security plan for the upcoming second phase of local polls slated for June 28.

The second round of local level elections is being held on 334 local units in 35 districts of Provinces 1, 5 and 7 on Wednesday.

Speaking at an interaction programme organised by the Reporters Club in the Capital today Sharma said that the government has made all the security arrangement and mobilised security agencies as per the plan.

"I appeal to the general public to cast their votes without any fear as the government has mobilised all the security agencies and civil servants accordingly in all the polling stations across the three provinces for Wednesday," informed Sharma.

He also assured to voters that the government is committed to provide free, fair and fearless environment to cast their votes on June 28.

"Local level elections is the stepping stone for the constitution implementation, people should exercise their right by casting vote in the elections," Home Minister Sharma added.

Similarly, Minister Sharma also said that the election euphoria has gripped the nation, agitating Rastriya Janata Party Nepal and Biplav-led Maoist have also fielded independent candidate for the second round of local polls and thanked them for their participation for making local polls a success.

"Local level elections in the Province number 2 was deferred after mutual consent between PM Sher Bahadur Deuba and RJP-N," clarified Sharma.

Home Minister Sharma also said that no forces can foil or thwart the upcoming local polls as government has made all the arrangement accordingly to successfully hold the local polls on Wednesday.

He also urged all the stakeholders to contribute positively for successfully holding the second round of local level elections.

The third round of local level elections on Province number 2 is slated for September 18.