After polls, ballot box safety major concern

  • Political parties in Sindhupalchok install close-circuit television cameras
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Nov 28, 2017-A day after the first phase of the House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly elections, the Election Commission (EC) on Monday was busy collecting and securing ballot boxes with security agencies and political parties increasing their vigilance. 

Since the EC has decided to start vote counting only after the second phase of elections, which are scheduled for December 7, all the ballot boxes are now being secured at the offices of the chief election officers and election officers in headquarters of the 32 districts where voting took place on Sunday for 37 federal parliament seats and 74 provincial assembly seats. 

Chief election officers and election officers have been entrusted with the task of keeping the ballot boxes safe with the help from security agencies, political parties and candidates, according to EC Spokesperson Navaraj Dhakal. “We have also issued directives about the ballot boxes safety,” he said. Safety of ballot boxes is of utmost concern after the first phase of elections, which were held peacefully and successfully, according to officials.

According to the EC, voter turnout for Sunday’s polls was 65 percent. Political parties and their representatives have said they would extend all the support the security agencies and the EC needs for the safety of the ballot boxes. 

Concerned about the safety of ballot boxes, political parties in Sindhupalchok have even installed close-circuit television cameras. Ballot boxes in the district have been kept at the Agriculture Development Office (DAO). 

“As many as five CCTV cameras have been installed,” said DSP Bimal Raj Kandel.

According to Kandel, 45 Nepal Police personnel and 35 Armed Policed Force cops are stationed at the DAO for the security of ballot boxes. Besides, representatives of political parties are also guarding the DAO premises. 

Published: 28-11-2017 07:17

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