NHRC to monitor human rights situation during local polls

Published On: April 27, 2017 06:31 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 27: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said that the constitutional body will monitor human rights situation across the country during the upcoming local level elections.

The commission's Spokesperson Mohana Ansari issued a press release and informed that the commission will deploy monitoring teams of human rights officers from this week for the pre-election, election and post-election time monitoring.

According to Ansari, the teams will monitor whether all the political parties are allowed to conduct peaceful gathering and express their ideologies as well as whether the parties are using children in their election campaign or not.

The press release also stated that the monitoring teams will also focus on possible incidents of human rights violations by political parties during their campaigns as well as situation of voter education. The commission has also said that it would focus on whether all the voters, including senior citizens, minorities and people with disabilities, are ensured of free and fair voting or not.

The commission has also formed a monitoring and coordination committee led by Commissioner Ansari for this purpose.  

Meanwhile, the commission has also appealed all the political parties and concerned to respect people's right to support or reject a political issue and not to use violent means to deal with those issues.  

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