KATHMANDU: As youth wings of major political parties like UCPN-Maoist and CPN-UML has decided to mobilize large number of youths for the upcoming election of the constituent assembly, Nepal Tarun Dal , the youth wing of the Nepali Congress, has also joined the fray with the decision to mobilize 700,000 volunteers across the country for the upcoming polls.
A statement issued by the chairperson of the Association Uday Shumsher Rana said, Tarun Dal is committed to free and fearless polls and the people should cast their votes without fear. He further informed that Tarun Dal activists will be mobilised in all the 240 electoral constituencies.
In each constituency, the wing has formed the Tarun Mobile Team and the Tarun Booth Volunteer Team in order to ‘help free and fair elections’, said Rana.
Two other major political parties–UCPN Maoist and CPN UML–also plan to mobilize the Young Communist League and the Youth Force, respectively. Various analysts have feared that deployment of large number of youths in the electoral booths might create confrontation. There have been incidents of clash among different youths in the past elections.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission (EC) has urged political parties, their sister wings and professional organizations not to resort to strikes as these actions might have adverse impact on its effort to hold free and fair CA elections.
Issuing a press release, the EC stated its serious attention has been drawn to strikes and rallies being called by political parties, their sister wings and other professional organizations. “The EC firmly believes that election is the first and foremost medium to institutionalize democracy and taking part in the elections in a free and fair manner is people’s fundamental right,” the election body added. “Therefore, the EC urges all to help conduct CA elections in a free and fair manner.”
The EC states NGOs and INGOs should not carry out any activities that could mislead political parties, candidates and voters. “The Social Welfare Council should not approve organizations’ new programs of seminars and advocacy during elections without the consent of the EC,” adds the guidelines issued by the EC.
The government and the major political parties have decided to go for the election without participation of 33-political parties led by Mohan Baidya led CPN-Maoist. The alliance of poll opposing parties has been carrying out various protest programs targeting at disrupting the election programs. The poll opposing parties have also warned of taking physical action against candidates and other officials involved in the electoral process.
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