NP sets up central police election cell
KATHMANDU: Nepal Police Headquarters has created Central Police Election Cell to ensure security during the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections. NP Spokesperson DIG Keshav Adhikari said the Election Cell formed under DIG Ganesh Raj Rai was mandated to ensure a conducive environment‚ allowing citizens to exercise their right to vote during the CA polls.
“It will review the current security situation across the country and deploy police personnel accordingly. It is mainly responsible to carry out poll-centred security arrangements for free and fair election‚” he informed. DIG Adhikari said as many as 43‚541 security forces will be deployed in all election constituencies and polling stations to help create conducive and peaceful environment.
The current strength of the law enforcement agency is 61‚171. According to a source‚ Inspector General of Police Kuber Singh Rana has already briefed Home Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire and other concerned authorities about the tentative structure of budget and logistics required for Nepal Police to manage the security for the upcoming election. “The government will make public the details of the budget and logistics allocated for the police force only after the poll date is fixed‚” the source informed.
Meanwhile‚ Nepal Police said employees of the Election Commission were obstructed from carrying out voters’ registration process in 48 places across the five regions. The eastern region topped the chart with 14 incidents of obstruction followed by 12 in central region‚ 10 in western region‚ and six each in mid-western region and far-western region. The CPN-Maoist has claimed the responsibility for the obstructions in protest against the interim election government under Khil Raj Regmi. DIG Adhikari said 21 districts in the hill and nine districts in the Tarai were affected by the obstruction.
“We have arrested 42 persons for vandalising the offices and intimidating government officials‚ and charged five of them under the Public Offences Act. Similarly‚ 37 were released on condition that they would shun such activities in future‚” he informed.
Be prepared for polls: APF chief
KATHMANDU: Inspector General of Armed Police Force Koshraj Onta on Friday directed all cadets of the paramilitary force to focus their attention on strengthening the security arrangements for the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections. He stressed on the need to rise above personal interest to duly fulfil the professional duties and responsibilities to facilitate the election process. “Security forces will be mobilised in all 75 districts to ensure free and fair elections ‚”Onta said.
Agitating 33 parties hold interction with civil society
KATHMANDU, April 13: The agitating 33 political parties, including the CPN-Maoist, held an interaction with the civil society representatives. At the interaction held in the capital on Friday, the civil society representatives said the formation of present government was unconstitutional and the decision of the four parties could not be regarded as the political decision. Former speaker Daman Nath Dhungana said it was worrying that the persons without any role for changes in the country were given government responsibility. “Chief Justice is used to ridicule the law,” he argued.
Journalist Kanak Mani Dixit said present government can´t hold election but would stick to power. Similarly, historian Dr Ramesh Dhungel said nationality at present was at the ricketiest moment of Nepal´s history. The trend of meeting any senior personality by the ambassadors at any time needs to be stopped, he stressed. Chairman of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, Raj Kumar Lekhi, said the country has already headed to party-less system.
He added that this government would breach every right of the citizens. Chairman of the Janamorcha Nepal Sadhya Bahadur Bhandari said it was traitorous to provide citizenship certificates by descent to the children of those having citizenship by birth. He demanded that the citizenship by birth needs to be investigated.
After the suggestions from the civil society members, CPN-Maoist Vice-Chairman CP Gajurel said recent four-party agreement was in need of correction, and the Maoist party would force to correct it through the protest. He made it clear that his party would not participate in the election to be held by this government. However, the party would join the government formed under the political person. Political analyst Dr Surendra KC, water resource expert Ratna Sansar Shrestha, professor Om Gurung and others said the four-party syndicate had no legitimate stand.
Kantipur Publications vehicle torched in Kavre
BANEPA: CPN-Maoist (Revolutionary) has set fire on a Kantipur Publications vehicle at Dhulikhel at 5:30 am this morning. A group of five who boarded the vehicle DI pick up of Mahindra (Ba 9 Cha 6658) from Palase of Bhaktapur set fire on the vehicle heading for Pachkhal of Kavre with newspapers, at Pagucha of Dhulikhel- 1, said DSP of Kavre, Krishnaji Adhikari. He said there has been no human casualty even if the vehicle was completely destroyed.
A pamphlet of the CPN-Maoist (Revolutionary) Eastern Formation- 2 has been found at the site, said Adhikari. Four people came to take them on four motorcycles and fled, and investigation is underway, said police. They have also taken under control newspapers meant for Kavre.