Nepal Police for hiring 60,000 and APF for 9,000
KATHMANDU, May 18: Keeping in view the need for free and fair elections, the Election Commission (EC) has opposed a proposal for hiring temporary security personnel for deployment at polling stations during the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) polls.
At a meeting of the Central Election Security Committee (CESC) on Wednesday chaired by Election Commissioner Dolakh Bahadur Gurung, top officials from Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force (APF) proposed to hire around 69,000 temporary personnel to provide security at the polling booths.
KATHMANDU, May 18: Amid growing demand from the fringe political parties for increasing the number of seats under the proportional representation (PR) quota in the new Constituent Assembly, both the government and te political parties in the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) are mulling over various options to address the demand.
While the chairman of the Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi has expedited parleys with different political parties to learn their views on the issue, major political parties in the HLPC have also initiated serious negotiations among themselves to revise their previous agreement on the seats allocated under the proportional electoral system.
KATHMANDU, May 18: As news of the mysterious accident involving the Pajero jeep carrying then CPN-UML General Secretary Madan Bhandari and party organization chief Jeevraj Aashrit spread like wildfire across the country, thousands of UML cadres thronged Daasdhunga in Chitwan district where the jeep plunged into the Trishuli River, exactly 20 years ago this week.
While the rescue and salvage work along the raging river was underway, the Daasdhunga area was inundated by UML cadres and well-wishers from across the country despite the incessant rain.
KATHMANDU, May 17: Two months after he assumed office with the mandate to hold election, Chairman of the Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi has intensified talks with the dissident political parties.
Regmi expedited the talks in a bid to acquire political consent over the proposed ordinance on some election-related provisions and poll date.
KATHMANDU, May 17: Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML have formally demanded the scrapping of all "political appointments" made by the erstwhile Baburam Bhattarai-led government if free and fair elections are to be held.
Making their demand during the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) meeting held at its secretariat in New Baneshwar, Thursday evening, the two parties said the "political appointments" were aimed at influencing the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.