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Finally President removes constitutional hurdle for mobilizing army in CA poll

KATHMANDU: President Ram Baran Yadav has issued the ordinance for removing constitutional difficulties thereby clearing way for the deployment of Nepal Army for the November 19 elections.

The government on Monday had forwarded the ordinance before the president after making corrections. The president had earlier refused to endorse the ordinance regarding Army deployment for the security during the upcoming CA election citing lack of ‘procedural insufficiency’.

The ordinance comes a day after the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) gave its consent to the interim government to invoke the Article 158 of the Interim Constitution to make necessary amendment in the statute for army mobilization. Following that, the government had forwarded the ordinance to Yadav for a final endorsement.

As per the Article 145 of the constitution earlier, the decree of army mobilization had to be endorsed by the Parliament within one month following the government’s decision.

Issuing a press statement on Tuesday, Basudev Dahal, Joint Secretary at the President’s Office, Sheetal Niwas, said the issuing of the ordinance is aimed at ensuring free and fair elections slated for November 19.

The government had already taken consent of the National Security Council (NSC) for the army mobilization, after the Integrated Security Plan of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) suggested the deployment of Nepal Army for the security keeping during upcoming CA elections.

The MoHA is planning to mobilize around 60,000 Nepali Army for the security of election. The government decided to take strict security measures for the elections of the constituent assembly as the 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist has been warning to take even physical action against persons involved in the electoral process. The poll opposing parties have been saying that they would thwart the election at any cost. They have even started sending letters to leaders of different political parties not to take part in the election.

With Nepal Army also contributing to election security, it is anticipated the total number of security forces will exceed 150,000. This number also includes police, armed police and the temporary police. The government has already started the process of recruiting over 50 thousand temporary security personnel for the security of election.

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