Nepal Army (NA) personnel will be mobilized in most of the constituencies from today as per the election security arrangement of the government for the November 19 Constituent Assembly election.
Altogether 62,000 NA personnel are being deployed in most of the 240 constituencies one month prior to the polls. The security officials have planned for three separate security provisions--highly sensitive, sensitive and normal and the Nepal Army would be mobilised based on district-level necessity, NA officials said.
NA will be involved in patrolling and will likely be responsible for security of ballot boxes and maintain security outside of the premises of election booths in districts considered highly sensitive.
As per the Integrated Security Plan unveiled by the Home Ministry, a total of 155,000 Nepal Army, Nepal Police (including temporary police), Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department personnel are being deployed to provide security to 10,017 polling booths to ensure free and fair election.
ISP plans to maintain three-layers of election security during the polls. In first layer there will be Nepal Police and temporary police, followed by APF in second and the ultimate circle will be manned by the NA personnel.
Keeping in view the election security, NA officials said they have already set up a special election desk at Army Headquarters, Bhadrakali to expedite discussions with different stakeholders including top government officials during the run up to the polls.