CPN-Maoist cadres obstruct collection of voters’ list
TANAHUN, March 27:
Cadres of the CPN-Maoist have disrupted the collection of the voters´ list with photographs and looted related documents at Dulegauda VDC in Tanahun district. The cadres also looted record file of voters´ list of Ward No. 7 of the VDC. Voters´ list with photographs collection was started at the VDC Office from Tuesday.
Before this, they submitted a memorandum to the VDC Secretary to stop the updating of the voters´ list with photographs. Chief of the District Election Office, Kirtaraj Poudel, said that name of voters was collected in the presence of police after the cadres looted the record file.
CPN-Maoist halts voter registration
TANAHUN/BHOJPUR, , MAR 27 –
Cadres of the CPN-Maoist obstructed the ongoing voters’ registration process in Tanahun and Bhojpur districts on Tuesday. Around 12 activists of the party led by Mohan Baidya came and seized voter registration lists at Dulegauda VDC-7 in Tanahun, said VDC secretary Narayan Prasad Wagle. District secretary of the CPN-Maoist, Aatindra Keshari Neupane, said they obstructed the voter registration campaign in accordance with the party policy.
Likewise, Maoist activists confiscated disrupted voters’ registration at Kot VDC in Bhojpur. Election officer Lebankasyap Adhikari said a three-member group led by Bam Bista seized two laptops being used to take photographs of voters and other materials. He said the registration campaign at Champe VDC has been postponed after Maoist activists threatened election officials.
Maoists’ breakaway faction obstructs voter registration in Nepal
An influential splinter group of Nepal’s largest party, the Maoists, has been obstructing voter registration works in various districts, at a time when an interim government has been formed to hold the legislative election possibly in June. The Mohan Baidya-led Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M), which on June 18, 2012 officially split from the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) led by Prachanda, has declared to boycott the proposed election.
On Tuesday, Baidya’s party cadres seized computers, cameras and registration forms in eastern hilly district of Bhojpur. In two more eastern hilly districts of Tehrathum and Taplejung, voters’ registration works led by Election Commission officials were physically obstructed and put to an end. Similar disruptions were reported in Myagdi of western hills and Jhapa and Morang of eastern Terai plains, among other places. Baidya and his party have been objecting the formation of a non- political interim body headed by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi to conduct the second Constituent Assembly election following the end of a 10-year-long insurgency in 2006.
CPN-Maoist has teamed up with ethnic groups like the Federal Limbuwan State Council and 20 other fringe parties as an opposition to four major parties — the UCPN (Maoist), CPN-Unified Marxist Leninist, Nepali Congress and the Madhesi Front. To date, this alliance has obstructed voters’ registration activities in at least 15 districts out of 75.
“Amid the ongoing obstructions, it is difficult for us to update the voter’s name list. We may have to postpone the election beyond June,” said Madhav Poudel, the minister for information and communications, on Wednesday. The Election Commission is preparing to issue voters’ identity card with a photo to ensure that only the right person casts the vote in the forthcoming election.
Govt gears up for voter roll update throughout nation
The government has finalised its plan to dispatch mobile citizenship certificate distribution teams comprising officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Election Commission (EC) across the country. The move, which comes in the wake of an agreement among the four major parties to update the voter roll by including people who have so far been deprived of citizenship, is aimed at speeding up the update of the voter roll throughout the nation. EC officials, deployed along with their counterparts from the Home Ministry, will include both the newly distributed citizenship certificates and missing citizens into biometric voter registration.
A high-level government meeting held on Monday in the presence of Khil Raj Regmi, chairman of the Interim Election Government, Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety and Home Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire took the decision to this effect. “Holding polls is not possible without updating the voter roll,” government spokesperson Madhav Poudel told the Post. The campaign, according to ministers, will come into operation once the Home Ministry finalises its directives on the process for granting citizenship certificate. An 11-point agreement, signed by the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, decided to provide citizenship certificate at the local level and incorporate them into the new voter roll before the formation of the Regmi-led government.
The agreement states that eligible Nepali citizens will be granted citizenship certificates before being included into the new voter registration with photographs and fingerprints. Any missing voters will be also included on the basis of the 2008 voter roll. However, government officials are concerned over the obstruction of the voter registration process in various parts of the country.
Of late, the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist has obstructed registration processes in 15 districts, demanding the replacement of the Regmi government with a political one. “They may have reservations regarding the formation of this government but the obstruction of the ongoing voter registration process will push the upcoming election further back,” said Poudel. The EC has so far registered 10.11 million voters.A total of 17.6 million were registered for the 2008 Constituent Assembly elections.
Security up for voter registration
PARASI/ MYAGDI: Following the CPN-Maoist obstruction of the Election Commission’s work of collecting and updating voters’ registration in the district, Nawalparasi District Security Committee today issued a directive to security agencies to maintain high security to ensure that the EC’s work continues smoothly.
The district security meeting today directed APF and Nepal Police units to deploy police personnel in the VDCs to provide security to the EC to carry out its work. CPN-Maoist cadres had obstructed EC’s work of updating voters’ registration at Nawalparasi’s Mukundapur VDC today. Nawalparasi CDO Bed Prakash Lekhak said police units have been directed to provide security to EC employees to proceed with the task of updating voters’ registration.
He said EC had resumed registration work with the deployment of additional police force. Nawalparasi District Election Commission Office said it has started collecting and updating voters’ registration in 73 VDCs and one municipality since last Saturday. Nawalparasi CPN-M district in-charge Ashok Lamsal, however, said his party would obstruct voters’ registration process if the EC ignored its call not to do so. CPN-Maoist activists on Sunday night seized a laptop belonging to the Election Commission from Bhakimli VDC in Myagdi. District Election Commission Office said masked Maoist cadres had seized the laptop from the house where EC staff were taking shelter.
CPN-M Myagdi secretary Lalu Kishan said they seized the laptop to prevent the government from holding polls. Organising a press conference in Beni today, CPN-Maoist announced that it had launched a non-cooperation drive as election was not possible under the Khil Raj Regmi-led government.
Deployment of large number of security forces had thwarted CPN-M and Federal Limbuwan activists from obstructing the EC’s work in Itahari today. Maoist and Limbuwan activists had gathered at voters’ registration centres at wards 1,4 and 8 and shouted slogans. Police had used force to clear the mob and enable the EC to do its work. Inspector Shyamsharu Magar at Area Police Office Itahari said that EC’s work at wards 2,3 and other wards had gone ahead smoothly.
Maoists loot EC laptop, documents
MYAGDI, MAR 26 – In a bid to foil the voters’ registration process launched by the Election Commission (EC), Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist activists looted a laptop, cameras and registration forms at Bhakimli VDC in the district on Sunday night. According to officials at the District Election Office, a group of people who identified themselves as Maoist activists swarmed at a place where the voters’ registration team, including computer operator Kabita Roka and VDC secretary Buddhi Prasad Sharma, was taking shelter and whisked away the equipment and documents. Meanwhile, a police team reached Bhakimli on Monday morning to investigate into the incident.
The Maoist district leadership owned up the incident. The leaders said their cadres were mobilised in the district to stop the ongoing voters’ registration process as per the party’s policy of disrupting the election campaign of the Chief Justice Khila Raj Regmi-led interim election government. Maoist district secretary Lalu Kisan admitted that the party activists seized the items and returned the EC employees from Bhakimli.
On Sunday, the party issued a statement urging its members to disrupt the election process and not to co-operate the present government. Earlier on Sunday, Maoist activists disrupted the voters’ registration process at Phek VDC in Palpa and seized a laptop. Maoist cadres also obstructed the registration process in various districts, including Surkhet, Makawanpur, Gorkha, Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Dhankuta, Terhathum and Taplejung.