KATHMANDU: Although it seems not possible to hold the elections of the constituent assembly on November as most of the talks between the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) and dissenting parties is yet to take positive shape, the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday held interaction with heads of the police agencies and senior army officials on security arrangements for the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections.
During the meeting representatives of all the security agencies assured that the security apparatus is capable of ensuring security during the polls in an integrated manner. The possibility of some political groups trying to create obstructions did figure during the discussion while the security officials claimed that no substantial security threat exists.
Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Upreti urged the security chiefs to start meticulous preparations to ensure security for the polls. They also discussed the modality of possible army mobilization for the election security, but there was no clear understanding in the meeting.
Chiefs of the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department and some army generals participated in the discussion with the EC office-bearers.
Meanwhile, the major parties on Wednesday decided to hold internal meetings to discuss on the issues raised by the disgruntled parties.
Wednesday’s meeting of the HLPC decided to have a talk with the disgruntled parties after an internal discussion with their respective parties. They have also decided to hold a meeting with Ashok Rai, the Chairman of Federal Socialist Party Nepal on Thursday.
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