KATHMANDU, August 26: Nepal Police has decided to mobilize 71,693 police personnel for the elections of the House of Representatives and the Province Assembly scheduled for November 20.
The number is around 10,000 more than the number of police personnel deployed on the May 13 local elections. There are just 86 days for the November 20 polls.
Central Police Spokesperson Deputy Inspector General of Police, Tek Prasad Rai said the Home Ministry had proposed the recruitment of 120,000 temporary police personnel for the two-tier elections taking place at once. During the May 13 elections, 100,000 temporary police personnel were deputed.
The number of security personnel in the Federal and Province elections will increase in view of the fact that the number of voters and polling centers will rise.
However, the Nepal Police awaits the endorsement of the proposal by the Home Ministry to go with further official procedures for the mobilization of security forces for the elections. Currently, senior police officials are busy with internal preparation.
Prior to this, the police set up a Central Election Cell headed by Additional Inspector General Sahakul Bahadur Thapa and election cells required at its subordinate offices at province and district level. It plans to classify the polling stations as general, sensitive and most-sensitive zones and depute the security workforce accordingly.
Nepal Police has demanded 1,494 motor vehicles, over 700 communications sets and a required quantity of arms from the Home Ministry for election.