Khotang bans sale of liquor ahead of polls

Published On: November 26, 2017 03:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KHOTANG, Nov 26: The District Administration Office (DEO), Khotang has banned the sale of liquor ahead of the elections with the objective of avoiding any kind incidents that might foil or disrupt the parliamentary and provincial polls slated for Sunday.

The local administration has tightened the security and is strictly monitoring the buying and selling of alcohol and alcoholic products in the view of the elections. As informed by Chief District Officer (CDO) Ekdev Adhikari, hotels, restaurants and shops nearby polling stations have been strictly instructed not to sell liquor from Saturday. He further informed that police officials deployed at various polling stations have been instructed to stop the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverage.

Political discussions and arguments may result in serious disputes and clashes under the influence of alcohol. Such activities will greatly affect the polls and the security of voters. Considering this, the DEO has been banning liquor ahead of each election so that the elections can be held in a peaceful and systematic manner. 

"We have told the shopkeepers not to sell alcohol after 7 pm as we want to create a favorable environment for the elections," said CDO Adhikari.

Security forces consider the places where political parties organize lavish feasts for the voters as highly sensitive areas. 

"We have mobilized our security personnel to the places where such gatherings and feasts are very common," added the CDO.

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