KATHMANDU, Nepal: With just 28 days left to go for the second Constituent Assembly polls, the government of Nepal has begun spreading Nepal Army to ensure that November 19 polls happen free and fair.
According to army spokesman Brigadier General Jagdish Chandra Pokhrel, the army has been mobilized across the nation to ensure people for poll security as per the constitutional directive.
The NA would work together with armed police forces, Nepal police and temporary police. NA said two thirds of the 95,000 armies would be spread in 240 constituencies in 75 districts to guarantee polls security.
The government decided to deploy the army after it got continuous warning to thwart the upcoming polls by 33 fringe political parties led by breakaway Maoist faction (Baidhya).
Polls opposing parties have also accelerated their campaign urging the people to boycott it since the CA polls could not solve the existing problems faced by the country.
In pamphlets fixed at the major hub of the cities read that since no party will win a majority, it will be futile to take part and hold the polls.
In the meantime, in the wake of clashes between cadres of different political parties and attacks on candidates, the District Police Offices have cautioned the latter not to carry out election campaigns during the night sans informing the security agencies.
The police offices have issued circulars to all poll candidates urging them to carry out their election campaigns only during day time.
Meanwhile, government has recruited a total of 45,000 temporary police who are retired from Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force for the polls for the two months. They would receive uniform, salary and ration on par with the Nepal Police personnel.
The temporary security personnel would carry out subsidiary roles such as assisting police personnel and arranging queues.
Parties geared up for the polls
In the meantime, with hardly 4 weeks remaining for the second Constituent Assembly polls, political parties have stepped up their polls campaigns, with the parties starting door- to-door campaign to seek people’s favor.
A total of 6,000 political party and independent candidates are in the November 19 polls fray under the first-past-the- post election system.
Candidates are pursuing the voters by reaching their homes claiming that their victory in the election will ensure a promulgation of a new constitution.
In fact there is an unfair competition among the major political parties along with the proclaiming their manifesto.
Instead of announcing to making new constitution within a fixed time frame, top guns of major political parties are engaged in proclaiming sweets slogans of so called development and assurance of employment like in previous years, for which the political analyst have criticized.