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Ballot paper printing for FPTP to start from Friday : CEC Yadav




KATHMANDU  — Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has said that the printing of the ballot paper for the proportional representation (PR) system for the twin election was over while the printing of the ballot paper for the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system would start from today.

The election to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies are slated to take place on November 26 and December 7 respectively and in two rounds. The first round would be held in 32 districts while the second round in remaining 45 districts on December 7 this year.

At an orientation programme organized by ECN in Kathmandu today, Chief Commissioner Yadav reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to make preparations for the elections respecting the verdict of the Supreme Court.

According to him, holding the twin elections at a go was a Herculean task from both managerial and technical point of view but the Commission was committed to hold the elections after the request of the government.

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He also informed that the nomination of the candidates for the first phase of election was already over and the candidates and parties were already awarded election symbols and the office of the Returning Officers for the second phase of elections were also set up.

“There was no confusion in election taking place on the stipulated time,” the Chief Election Commissioner said.

The Supreme Court’s verdict on holding election on the stipulated time, however, had not reached to the Commission’s office yet, according to him.

Yadav also instructed the security forces to ensure safety during the election and compliance with the electoral code of conduct.

Also speaking at the programme, Election Commissioner Sudhir Kumar Shah said that the national agenda for this year was to hold the election in a free and fair manner and to lay strong foundation for the new constitution to come into effect.

Shah also directed the concerned authority to put an end to the trend of electoral candidates renting the vehicles from the neighboring countries to mobilize them in the election publicity campaign.

Likewise, Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mohan Krishna Sapkota instructed the security bodies to ensure elections to be held in a free and fair manner as well as to make sure that the voters cast their ballot without fear.

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Secretary at the ECN Begendra Raj Sharma underscored smooth coordination between the security bodies and the Commission.

Spokesperson at the ECN, Nawaraj Dhakal, shared that preparations for the elections was over by more than 75 per cent.

A total of 63 security officials from the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Department of National Investigation were participating in the two-day trainers training on election security.

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Action should be taken against the corrupt : Prachand





LAHAN — CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he is committed for not letting commission mongers and corrupt walk freely, stating development of the country is in a mess due to them.

“Development cannot be imagined without good governance. Action should be taken against the corrupt to maintain good governance. The government will take stern step for the same,” Dahal said while laying the foundation stone for upgrading task of East-West Postal Highway at Bariyarpatti of Siraha on Tuesday.

Saying political revolution has now completed, he expressed the view that Nepal would be made a prosperous country of the world within five to ten years with a new revolution of development.

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Likewise, Dahal also said that the left alliance had assured people of good governance, stability, development and prosperity through its common manifesto and claimed that the incumbent government, which has garnered around two thirds majority, would fulfill people’s wish and aspiration.

Saying the plan of upgrading of postal highway, which is considered as a lifeline of Madhes, was forwarded during his term as the Prime Minister, he said upgrading of the postal highway would not be obstructed in any pretext.

Similarly, Minister for Physical Planning and Transport, Raghubir Mahaseth, said that all political parties should stand together for the development and prosperity of the country.

He also said that the government would take action against those contractors who failed to complete the construction task on deadline.

Likewise, Chief Minister of province no 2, Lalbabu Raut, expressed determination that the provincial government would present itself strongly to control corruption.

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