EC fears about polls

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 8, 2017-

A day after three protesters were killed in police firing in Saptari, the Election Commission is worried that the deteriorating security situation in the Tarai could affect the scheduled local level polls.

On Tuesday, election commissioners took stock of the security situation in the 

Tarai after Monday’s clash in Saptari. 

Though a meeting of the elections commissioners failed to reach a decision on Tuesday, the poll body is said to be closely following the law and order situation in Province 2.

Commissioner Narendra Dahal said the government should introduce measures to bring the situation to normal. 

The EC expressed its hope that the situation would not deteriorate further in a way to hamper the May 14 elections. 

The election authority is yet to start deploying officials and dispatching poll materials to the districts.

“The clash in Saptari was the result of sharp political differences. We concluded that both the government and the political parties should work together to address the trust deficit between them,” said Commissioner Sudhir Shah, following briefing by the Nepal Police operation chief about the Rajbiraj incident.

Published: 08-03-2017 08:12

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