Elections will be held in free and fair manner: PM Oli

Published On: January 22, 2021 08:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the upcoming midterm elections would be held in a fair, impartial and free manner. 

"The country is geared up for the preparation of the elections. Time has come for security agencies to play an important role, who have an equal role in accomplishing the poll for the House of Representatives scheduled for April 30 and May 10 in a peaceful way," said PM Oli, while addressing an event organised here on Friday on the occasion of the 20th establishment day of the Armed Police Force (APF). 

In the first phase, the elections would be held in Province 2 and Gandaki, Lumbini and Sudurpaschim Provinces. Similarly, the election will be held in Province 1 and Bagmati and Karnali Provinces in the second phase. "However, decisions in regard to the phase-wise polls have not been made so far. Preparation will be expedited accordingly."  

Prime Minister Oli drew the attention of security agencies about the efforts being made to invite untoward incidents and directed them to arrest the unruly people. 

In another context, PM Oli said the government would start administering the Covid-19 vaccines from January 27 and health workers have already been managed for this. 

Prime Minister Oli claimed that the campaign to overcome the effect of the virus has reached a turning point in Nepal. He urged all to adopt precautionary measures against the virus and praised the APF for their commendable role in maintaining peace and assisting people in times of the crisis. 

On the occasion, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa directed the APF to play an instrumental role in the changed context in the country and stand ready to control rebellion and criminal activities. 

Inspector General, APF, Shailendra Khanal, said the department has fulfilled its duty in a determined manner. He said that the APF plans to increase the number of APF border out-posts along Nepal-India borders to 220 this year. 

On the occasion, APF athlete Pushpa Bhandari, who won the gold medal in Dhaka Marathon held in Bangladesh, was honoured. Likewise, former Senior Superintendent, APF Dhan Bahadur Thapa was honoured with 'Life Time Achievement Award'.

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