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EC finds it tough to prepare election security and distributing voter ID cards


KATHMANDU: Although there is only 75 days for the proposed election of the Constituent Assembly (CA) the government and the Election Commission are still facing difficulties to precede the preparations for the upcoming CA election.

With the leaders of four major political parties still continuing talks with the dissenting parties and agreeing to fulfill various demands raised by the dissenting side, the Commission is facing problem to expedite its activities smoothly.

The Commission is facing problem to manage for the security of the election after the Ministry of Home Affairs had written to the EC seeking the latter’s consent to enlist 50,000 temporary police to guard the polling booths but the EC rejected the proposal. The Commission rejected the proposal of Home Ministry as the government is indecisive over whether to mobilize the Nepal Army during the election or not. The commission wants to finalize the issue with the Government before recruiting temporary police. Almost 120 thousand police personnel, including 70,000 temporary police, were deployed for poll security in 2008 when there were 21,000 polling stations. This time there will be around 18,500 polling centers.

The leaders of the four major political parties have also suggested the government to recruit former security personnel if there is need for additional security forces. Home Secretary Navin Kumar Ghimire said the issue of recruitment of temporary police was still being debated and the ministry would come up with their plan as soon as possible.

Similarly, printing of around 12.5 million voter ID cards is still indecisive. The process of selecting suppliers has been delayed due to lack of quality papers in town and confusion over security of voters’ biometric details.

It was only on Tuesday that the EC rushed to publish a tender notice calling for bids from possible suppliers within 15 days. The EC had earlier scheduled to distribute the ID cards to voters by November 15.

The EC has also been approaching donors, including the UNDP, and exploring possibilities of speeding up the paper procurement process.

“We will have to give the supplier the voters’ details and the problem is that the information comes in a package, which includes sensitive biometric information of millions of citizens, which we cannot share with anyone else for security reasons,” Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav said. According to EC officials, preparing a separate database containing only the details necessary for issuing the ID cards is not possible now as the commission is running out of time for the November 19 CA election.

EC officials are also mulling a ‘Plan B’—to use citizenship or government-certified and other valid documents instead of the voter ID cards for the vote. EC officials further said no decision has been taken on how they will deliver the ID cards to the respective voters.

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