Chand party’s activities threat to election: Officials

- Post Report, KAVRE

Apr 22, 2017-

The regional security meeting held in Dhulikhel has taken the anti-election activities of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party Nepal as the “main security threat” for the local level elections scheduled for May 14.

Chief district officers and chiefs of the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and the National Investigation Department from 11 Hill districts of the central development region agreed to watch the group’s activities.

“Security officers of all the districts have taken the Chand party’s activities as a security threat for the elections,” Regional Administrator Shambhu Koirala briefed Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi during the meeting on Friday. All the districts have similar security challenges, Koirala observed.

Besides Chand’s anti-poll activities, the participants added that the protests of political parties demanding election symbol, armed outfits in the Tarai, and criminal groups are other security challenges. They said the security agencies should be alert as there could be attempts to destroy election materials, obstruct election programmes, prevent people from filing their candidacies and to intimidate voters. They even suspected that the anti-poll elements could attack employees deployed for the elections. According to Kavre CDO Shiva Prasad Simkhada, all the chief district officers attending the security meet complained of the shortage of human resource and vehicles to maintain security during the elections. The CDOs were also concerned about the unhealthy competition between the major parties.

DPM Nidhi said action would be taken against those who attempt to disrupt the elections. He added that efforts were going on for bringing the agitating Madhes-based parties on board the elections.

Published: 22-04-2017 08:48

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