Nepal begins deploying army for Constituent Assembly polls
Nepal on Sunday began deploying 62,000 army personnel in all the constituencies to provide security for the November 19 Constituent Assembly elections. The army will be deployed as part of an integrated security planning in all 240 constituencies to provide security at all polling stations and surrounding areas. Some 62,000 Nepal Army personnel have been deployed for the Constituent Assembly polls, sources at Nepal Army headquarters here said. President Ram Baran Yadav recently endorsed an ordinance that authorised the government to mobilise army personnel for the election purpose. The government has decided to mobilise over 1,50,000 security forces, including Nepal Army, Police, Armed Police Forces, and hired some 30,000 temporary security personnel to guarantee full proof security during the polls.
CPN-Maoist directs cadres to chase away election candidates
KAVRE, OCT 21 – The poll opposing CPN-Maoist has directed its cadres to chase away Constituent Assembly (CA) election candidates from villages. The CPN-Maoist issued such directives in writing to its cadres of 86 village development committees. “The election to be conducted excluding one political power has no significance,” CPN-Maoist district in-charge Deepak Devkota said. He also claimed the party is even ready for armed protests as per the requirement against election.
“The candidates will be barred from entering the villages and if they ignore, they will be chased away,” the directives read. Meanwhile, the CPN-Maoist cadres chased away UCPN (Maoist) candidates who were campaigning for election in Koshi region. According to sources, UCPN (M) candidate from region-4 Narayan Baniya, PR candidate Govinda Nath Upreti, among others, were chased away by the CPN-Maoist cadres. However, Baniya calimed that they were not chased away but they had a discussion with the youths there. Two weeks ago, the officer bearers meeting of the CPN-Maoist held in Lamahi, of Dang district, had supposedly adopted a ‘gentle boycott’ strategy for the upcoming CA polls.
CPN-M steps up anti-poll campaign
Maoist rival attacked in Pyuthan‚ candidates threatened
PYAUTHAN: With Constituent Assembly elections round the bend, the Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist, a poll-opposing party, has intensified its anti-election activities, including assaults on leaders of UCPN-Maoist and other parties, in Pyuthan. UCPN-M leader Krishna Ghimire said Nim Bahadur BK, Hari Bhandari and Padam Bhandari, cadres of the Mohan Baidhya-led party, attacked him at Fopli at around 10 pm yesterday.
Ghimire is receiving treatment at a local health facility. UCPN-M Pyuthan constituency-2 election candidate Krishnadhwoj Khadka was on the site. Elsewhere, CPN-M cadres tried to attack UCPN-M constituency-1 candidate and cadres. According to UCPN-M district in-charge Krishna Adhikari, a group of CPN-M cadres made an attack bid on them at an school in Markawang VDC. Regarding the issue, CPN-M district in-charge Hari Bahadur KC said they had staged a ‘demonstration’ as per the party’s official decision to bar candidates and their comrades from entering villages. In Naya Gaun, CPN-M cadres took UCPN-Maoist district in-charge Adhikari hostage for almost half an hour. Chief District Officer Kamalmani Kafle described the situation in the district as largely peaceful, adding that the district administration is committed to maintaining law and order.
In Rukum, the Baidhya-led party has warned its opponents, including those who refuse to provide donations, of serious consequences. Addressing the party’s district committee meeting, CPN-Maoist Magarat State Committee in-charge Santosh Budha Magar, said, “We will keep record of those who have made donations and those who have snubbed us.” He said they are preparing to start boycott of CA elections from Rolpa and Rukum, places where the Maoist insurgency had begun.
About a month ago, the party is said to have written to election candidates of different parties, government officials and businesspeople seeking from them donations ranging from Rs 25,000 to 100,000. But no candidate has given them donation, it is learnt. According to CPN-M Rukum in-charge Mahendra KC, the party will launch a concerted anti-election campaign in the district shortly. “After we’re done with constituency-1, we’ll start our anti-poll campaign in another next constituency, “ he said. KC said the programmes include urging general public to boycott polls and showing black flags.