Fresh mandate a must for peace, stability and development: Prez Bhandari
January 18, 2021 07:48 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Jan 18: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said that a fresh mandate is must for peace, stability and development in the country.
Receiving the annual report of the Election Commission at a programme organised at the Office of President in Sheetal Niwas on Monday, President Bhandari said that it is necessary to conduct the elections to the House of Representatives on the slated dates as a fresh mandate is essential for peace, stability and development.
President Bhandari expressed her confidence that the EC would be capable to work seriously and with determination to conduct the election in a free, reliable and fearless environment, adding it is the duty of the EC to institutionalize and strengthen democracy through the medium of periodic election.
President Bhandari suggested the EC to ensure maximum participation of voters in the election by guaranteeing the franchise of all voters and making voting stations and centres voter-friendly.
The government has already announced elections to the House of Representatives for April 30 and May 10. The President announced the dates on the recommendation of the Council of Ministers.
According to the constitutional provision, the annual report submitted by EC to the President is presented at the federal parliament for discussion through the prime minister.
The annual report has incorporated various issues including voter's name list, election operation, election education and training, information technology and system management, law and political parties' management and mobilization of financial resources.
Presenting the report, Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya briefed the President Bhandari about various issues including policies related to election, formulation of laws, registration of political parties and their management, collection of voters name list and their update.
Various programmes related to the upcoming HoR election including updating of voters name list and reviewing voting stations and centres have been approved by EC and consultation meetings with political parties as well as necessary training for computer operators have already been completed, he added.
Election Commissioners--Narendra Dahal and Ishwori Prasad Poudyal and the Secretary at EC, among others were present on the occasion.