Voters’ lists’ updating begins

Kathmandu, January 23:

Election Commission (EC) today started the campaign for updating voters’ list for the forthcoming election of constituent assembly.

“The campaign for updating voters’ list has started from today. We all need to understand that having one’s name in the voters’ list is as important as being a rightful citizen,” said Laxman Bhattarai, the spokesperson to the EC.

He said that the EC staffers would make necessary change in the existing list if somebody has died, has reached the age of 18 or migrated to the area after the last election.

“The preparation of a voters’ list is the beginning of the whole process of any election,” he said.

In Kathmandu Metropolitan City alone over 500 persons have been mobilised to visit door-to-door and collect and update information.

Bishnu Bhusal, the Election Officer for the Kathmandu District Election Office said they have published the voters’ list updating programmes and put up for public display in all 35 wards of KMC, 19 wards of Kirtipur Municipality as well as in 57 VDCs.

In a statement issued today, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula urged all to support the campaign for updating the voters’ list.

Meantime, the EC today held meeting with leaders from all the parties representing in the Legislative-Parliament. EC spokesperson Bhattarai said the Election Commissioners and the leaders held discussions on several issues and sought their comment and recommendations on several issues that need to be solved A statement from the EC said the Election Commissioners today met Chihiro Atsumi, the director general of Asia Department of Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and discussed on the possibility of Japanese support to Nepal on CA election.