KATHMANDU, Nov 11: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has asked all the political parties, leaders, security bodies and voters to make positive efforts from their side to make the upcoming parliamentary and province assembly election successful. The twin elections are scheduled for November 26 and December 7.
Speaking at an interaction program organized by the Reporters’ Club Nepal on Saturday, Yadav said, “The government has assured of conducting elections in free, fair and peaceful environment. But unless we realize the need of peaceful election environment and make positive efforts for the same, free, fail and peaceful election can be guaranteed.”
Yadav also requested all the political parties to publicize their election campaign peacefully and completely abiding by the election code of conduct and law.
He added, “Only peaceful campaigning will make the voters feel safe and secure and will become enthusiastic about the election; and will respect the political parties.”
CEC Yadav also expressed his worries over the bomb attacks on the vehicles of CPN (Maoist Center) leader Barshaman Pun and Home Minister Janardan Sharma during their election publicity campaign and urged the government to tighten security measures so that no such unpleasant incidents would be repeated again.
“I heard about the bomb attacks on the candidates. I want to request the government to focus on the safety of the candidates campaigning for the election. I hope such unpleasant incidents do not repeat again in any part of the country.”
“It is everyone’s duty to make election environment peaceful so that all the candidates could enjoy their election publicity rights,” he added.
“I also want to request all the news media to help in making election environment peaceful,” he furthered.
On the occasion, Dr Yadav also shared that ballot papers, ballot boxes, ink and other necessary election materials have reached all the 32 districts. He added, “The election officers in process of packing them and sending them to the respective voting centers.”
Yadav furthered: “As the for the December 7 polls, we have already finished printing ballot papers of 15 districts. We are in the process of sending election materials in all 45 districts.”
On a different note, Yadav also lauded Reporters’ Club Nepal’s campaign across the country to help in making election environment peaceful and fair. He added, “Rishi Dhamala has told me that he is starting his campaign from Jhapa. I wish all the best to the club and its President Dhamala for a successful campaign. It is really an important effort in view of the upcoming elections.”
“I am also thankful to all the news media of the country for disseminating positive news and reports regarding the election. The credit for successful conduction of three phases of local level election also goes to online, television, print media and radio.”
“I hope for the same in the coming days.”