Nepal NSC Reviews Preparations for Local Elections
Nepal's National Security Council met on 21 June to review the preparations for the forthcoming second round of local elections. The National Security Council comprises prime minister, home minister, defence minister, finance minister, foreign minister, chief of army staff and chief secretary of the government.
Among the state policies mentioned in article 51 in constitution, the National Security Policy includes protection of national independence, sovereignty and geographic integrity, among others.
The article states that all the security bodies including Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police will be used in the welfare of state. Thus the National Security Council meeting was held with a focus on the preparation of the security strategy for the upcoming local level elections on June 28.
The second phase of local level polls is being held in 334 local units of 35 districts across Province number 1, 5 and 7 and violence is anticipated with the President already approving the deployment of the Nepal Army if there is such a necessity.
Thus the NSC has undertaken a review of the situation and will take the necessary measure for ensuring free and fair polls.
Minister for Finance, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, shared that the meeting of the Council discussed the security measures for the upcoming elections. The meeting decided to enable environment wherein the voters could cast their ballot without any fear and devise a security strategy to ensure that the election is held in a free, fair and impartial manner, according to Minister Karki.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Minister for Finance Karki, Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma, Chiefs of security bodies including the Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force and the National Investigation Department were present in the meeting.
Incidents of violence have been reported from various parts of the country which are to see polling in the second round. On 20 June, the day prior to the National Security Council meeting was held a bomb went off at the residence of CPN-UML candidate for the post of ward chairperson of Dorpachiuridanda in Rupakot Majuwagadhi Municipality, Khotang inflicting serious injuries to one member of the family as per a report in the Republica.
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