Targeting the November elections, a regional-level security summit has begun in the vulnerable mid-west Nepal, as Home Minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire inaugurated the event in Nepalgunj Tuesday.
Addressing the summit participated in by top security personnel of the region, Home Minister Ghimire said effective security arrangements will be made in all polling booths and stations during the elections.
“The government has developed an integrated security plan to conduct elections in free, fair and fearless manner,” said the Minister.
The Minister, however, cautioned that some poll boycott groups threatening to foil the elections may pose the security challenges.
“I have the firm belief that our security bodies are fully capable to thwart any security challenge posed against the Constituent Assembly election,” Ghimire said.
“First-past-the-post (FPTP) and proportionate candidates along with citizens have displayed high level of enthusiasm towards the elections during candidacy registration. It justifies that the whole country is now entirely ready for the election,” he added.
Among the 15 districts of mid-west region, security chiefs of 12 districts are participating in the summit except those from Dolpa, Mugu and Humla.
Of late, the government has listed 16 out of 75 districts as the “sensitive districts” from election security point of view. Of those 16 districts, three districts (Rolpa, Pyuthan and Kalikot) lie in the mid-west region. Nepalnews.com