The government on Sunday informed the Election Commission (EC) about an integrated security plan for the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election to ensure that it is held in a free, fair and credible manner.
Minister for Home Affairs Madhav Prasad Ghimire, Home Secretary Janardan Nepal and chiefs of Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Department of National Investigation informed the office-bearers of the EC about the security plan. Chief Election Commissioner Nil Kantha Upreti and other Election Commissioners were present in the meeting.
“The Commission is assured that this security plan will ensure a free, fair and credible election,” Election Commissioner Dolakh Bahadur Gurung told Nepalnews.com. “But it is yet to be fully sanctioned by the government.”
The EC said that the security officials have planned for three separate security provisions--highly sensitive, sensitive and normal. All security bodies would be mobilised as per the election security arrangements. However, the Nepal Army would be mobilised based on district-level necessity.
After the discussions, Minister Ghimire said that the EC was convinced regarding the government's preparations for poll. Asked how the government ensures security if the poll-opposing parties retaliate while boycotting the CA poll, the Home Minister said none can carry out illegal activities.
"Country's constitutional and legal processes would be active and action would be taken as per the law under such circumstances," Ghimire added. Nepalnews.com