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NRNA Belgium chapter election disrupted, ballot box vandalized

Belgian police arrived at the polling center three times

N24 Correspondent, BRUSSELS:- With nearly half an hour to go before the end of voting for the new leadership of the 11th convention of NRNA Belgium, the election has been disrupted.

Om Sharma, president of the Belgian branch of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), said that the election was disrupted due to the vandalism of ballot boxes by five youths from outside the Nepali community.

Journalist Sharma, who was also an eyewitness to the incident, said, “Suddenly 4/5 youths went straight to the ballot box from the side door.” They started breaking the ballot box. Ballot papers were scattered on the ground. ‘

Most of the Nepali community at the polling station protested against the attack. According to journalist Sharma, two Nepalis were injured in the incident. Treasurer candidate Pushpa Nepal and former NRNA Belgium vice president Sarada Aryal were injured. He was rushed to the hospital by ambulance for treatment but returned home after 2-3 hours.

The election committee headed by NRNA ICC co-treasurer Lok Prasad Dahal will take a decision after consulting with the ICC and the candidates. A statement issued after the incident said that the ballot boxes were safe in the presence of NRNA central representatives, NRNA representatives and candidates.

It is also mentioned in the release that the attackers used a chemical to attack the booth and injured former vice president Sarada Aryal, general member Muna KC and treasurer candidate Pushpa Nepal (Lokendra).

“As the incident unfolded, Lok Prasad Dahal and Chitra Subedi, the current election commissioner, were attacked and beaten as they went to remind them of the reprehensible act,” the statement said.

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