Poll preparation in full swing in Gorkha

Published On: April 11, 2017 08:34 AM NPT By: Narahari Sapkota

GORKHA, April 10:  just 33 days to go before the local level elections, government officials in Gorkha are facing a tough time making necessary arrangements for the elections.

political leaders are busy in their promotional campaigns, officials of the District Administration Office (DAO), District Election Office (DEO), and security forces among others are busy making necessary preparations for the election. The DEO has been conducting training for social mobilizers, female health workers and teachers of various municipalities and rural municipalities. “It's been three days since we have been training 280 election officers who will later be sent to various election centers to train the voters,” said Rajendra Pokharel, chief of DEO. 

According to him, those officials will be sent to the villages from April 14. Those officials will be making door-to-door visits to the locals and will not just teach them how to cast a vote but will also persuade them to do so. It is the responsibility of those officials to check if all the voters are enlisted in the voters list or not. “The major reason behind the door-to- door visits is to avoid invalid votes,” said Pokharel.

The DEO has been printing sample ballot papers to train the officials. These days security officers have been forming strategies to make necessary security management at the polling centers. SP Janak Raj Pandey, chief of District Police Office, Gorkha, informed Republica that security officers will be mobilized as per the sensitivity of the area.

The district has been fully gripped by the election fever and we are making necessary efforts to conduct the elections peacefully,” said Jitendra Basnet, Chief District Officer (CDO). Though 213 polling stations have already been determined in Gorkha, polling centers are yet to be recommended by the Election Commission.

Meanwhile, the DAO has also directed the I/NGOs working for post reconstruction in Gorkha to halt their work until elections with the aim of avoiding obstructions. Also, the political parties have requested the government not to make any financial deals before the elections.

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