EC directs govt to ensure security during the national assembly election

The Election Commission (EC) has directed the government and the home ministry to make arrangements for movement of candidates and voters only after coordinating with respective District Administration Office while participating in election related programs for the National Assembly election scheduled for January 25.

The government has been asked to make necessary security arrangements on the route leading to polling stations and residential areas of Province Assembly members, chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of rural municipalities and mayors, deputy mayors as they are the voters and they live in different places in the provinces. 

Twenty seats at the national assembly are going to be vacant from March 3. Of the 20 seats, the election is scheduled for 19 seats on January 25.  The EC issued such directives on the basis of the recommendation of the High-Level Election Security Committee formed under Election Security (Management) Directive-2078 in view of possible security challenges, said assistant spokesperson for the EC, Shreedhar Panthi. 

The offices of election officers have already been established at the Province Election Offices in Morang, Dhanusha, Makawanpur, Dang, Surkhet and Kailali and election code of conduct has been enforced since January 16. 

The EC, through the Government of Nepal, and the home ministry, directed the security bodies to ensure effective and reliable election security arrangements making the District Election Security Committee active and to provide details after carrying out necessary supervision in the course of implementation of the election code of conduct.

News Source: Rashtriya Samachar Samiti