Counting booth secured with mesh wires and CCTV cameras

 The vote counting centre in Chitwan has been secured with mesh wires and CCTV cameras. It has been applied to all the vote counting booths where the votes will be counted in the three constituencies of the district.

Chief Returning Officer Ritendra Thapa said that mesh wires and CCTV cameras have been installed to tighten the security system at the vote counting station.

It may be noted the incident of tearing of the ballot paper during the counting of votes following the local level elections in 2074 is still a topic for discussion during any election. As a result, special attention is being paid to the security of the vote counting stations here.

Preparations have been made to count votes in Khaiharni Secondary School booth of Chitwan constituency No. 1 while for constituency no 2, it will be held at the exhibition center of Chitwan Industry Association, Officer Thapa said.

Similarly, counting of votes for constituency no 3 will take place at University of Agriculture and Forestry, Rampur, Chitwan.

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Staffers reach all polling stations in Bhojpur

 Staffers have reached with election materials in all the polling stations in Bhojpur for the general elections taking place on Sunday.

Chief Returning Officer of Bhojpur Mani Ram Neupane said the ballot boxes and other materials required for the election have been sent to the respective polling stations. A team of staff and security personnel have reached all 157 polling stations of the 87 polling centres in the district.

A total of 1,246 government employees including school teachers have been deployed for the election with more than 2,300 security personnel including temporary police, Nepal Police, Armed Police and Nepali Army have been mobilized in the district for the elections.

Chief District Officer of Bhojpur, Hariprasad Ghimire, said that security personnel have been mobilized with all required preparations for election security.

Bhojpur has one constituency for the House of Representatives and two constituencies for the Provincial Assembly. There are 123,379 voters including 59,253 women and 64,125 men.

Altogether 12 candidates representing various political parties and independent are in the fray for the lone seat of the House of Representatives representing Bhojpur while seven compete for the provincial assembly (1) seat and six for provincial assembly (2).

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Journalist Kandel dies in road accident

 Journalist NB (Nar Bahadur) Kandel of Rupandehi has died in a road accident. The accident took place on Friday evening.

Kandel was riding a motorcycle (Lu. 44 Pa. 8201) from Butwal to Bhairahawa when a Readymix vehicle (Lu.1 Ka. 5276) hit him at Janakinagar in Tilottama Municipality-2.

A permanent resident of Saina Maina Municipality-1, Rupandehi, 35-year-old Kandel was based in Butwal. He died during treatment at Lumbini Provincial Hospital, Butwal, said Chief of Area Police Office Butwal Thag Bahadur KC. The vehicle and the driver involved in the accident have been apprehended.

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Suspicious objects being planted to spread panic

 With only a day to go for the election to the House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly, suspicious objects have been found in three different places of the district. According to the District Police Office Chitwan, a suspicious item was found near the Eye Hospital in Bharatpur Metropolitan City-10 and in Astha Chowk of Ward No. 12.

Groups involved in anti-election activities placed suspicious items inside a pressure cooker at the two locations, said spokesperson of the office Deputy Superintendent of Police Bijayaraj Pandit. It may have been carried out to spread panic during the election.

The office said that the object was defused at 3:30 am today.

Likewise, a LPG cylinder was set on fire and left near Bharatpur Metropolitan Municipality-16 ward office. The fire was doused and the cylinder neutralized, police said.

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Women in charge of four polling stations

 Women employees have been given the responsibility of four polling stations in Humla in Sunday’s election to the House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly.

There are 58 polling stations and 59 polling centers in the district. Accordingly, Sudha Sapkota has been designated to lead the polling booth in Bhimsen Basic School in Simkot Rural Municipality-5, Rajan Chand in Kalashilta Basic School in ward no 6, Parvati Rokaya in Humla secondary school in Kharpunath Rural Municipality-3 and Sarita Bohra in Devkota Basic School in Sarkegad Rural Municipality-3 in the district, acting officer of the election office in Humla, Shyam Bahadur Rana said.

Similarly, eight women have been given the responsibility of assistant polling officers. According to the Chief Returning Officer’s office, women have been given priority for the elections in the district. More women employees have been deployed in this election than in the recently held local level elections.

In compared to 44 women in the local elections, 76 women officials have been appointed in this election, said the Office. Every polling booth has at least one women employee.

A total of 450 employees are deployed for the election in the district.

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Preparations for elections completed in Sunsari

 All preparations have been completed in Sunsari for the Provincial Assembly and House of Representatives elections to be held on Sunday.

Chief of District Election Office Sunsari Krishna Prasad Paudel shared that 4,728 employees have been assigned to various polling stations in the district. Since the number of voters has increased compared to the last local level election, 166 polling stations and 10 polling centres have been added to take it to a total of 591.

One polling officer, one assistant polling officer, five assistants and one office assistant have been assigned to every polling station.

Likewise, two temporary polling stations have been arranged in Sunsari. A temporary polling station has been set up in Jhumka Jail and another at District Court Sunsari for prisoners.

Meanwhile, Chief District Officer Indradev Yadav said that 5,274 security personnel and 4,728 employees have been deployed to conduct the elections in the district in a peaceful manner.

CDO Yadav said that a total of 5,274 security personnel including 1,581 Nepal Police, 739 Armed Police, 440 Nepali Army, 2,495 temporary Police and 19 from the National Investigation Department have been mobilized for the purpose of elections in the district.

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HoR election: Security strengthened in PM Deuba’s constituency

 Security has been beefed up in Dadeldhura, the home district of Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, in view of the elections to the Member of the House of Representatives and Province Assembly. The voting for the twin elections is taking place tomorrow, November 20, simultaneously across the country.

Over 2,000 security persons have been mobilised in the district. According to Chief District Officer Mohan Raj Joshi, they include the Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police and temporary security personnel hired for the election purposes.

Security arrangements are in place to put three lines of security force for the security of voting stations.  There will be the Nepal Police in the first cordon while the APF will cordon the second line followed the NA force in third cordon, according to him.

During the elections period, security mobile teams have been mobilised while reserve teams are also standby for the deputation on the need basis.

Dadeldhura consists of 101 voting stations and of them, 23 are categorized as the most sensitive, 41 sensitive and 37 general.  Chief Election Officer Balkrishna Wagle said all polling centers in the district have already witnessed the arrivals of election materials, employees and security personnel.

Works have already begun to install the voting booths and the entire preparations for the voting will complete before the commencement of the voting tomorrow.  One polling center is guarded by a troop of seven to 12 security persons who also include the temporary police and a team of eight employees has been assigned in each polling center to handle the voting procedures, according to the Office of Chief Election Officer.

A total of eight candidates including Prime Minister Deuba are competing for the HoR election from Dadelhdura having a single constituency for the federal elections.  Likewise, 12 people have fielded candidacies for two PA seats.

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New polling station in remote Simkosh Bagar brings cheers to voters

 Establishment of a new polling station in their locality has elated the residents of Simkosh Bagar Village in Dhawalagiri rural municiality-4 in Myagdi district beyond the bounds.

They no longer need to spare three days to participate in the voting in the upcoming November 20’s House of Representatives (HoR) and Province Assembly election.

The local administration has established polling station at Kailash Elementary School at Simkosh Bagar village for 157 registered voters here to cast their vote conveniently this election.

One among the six local levels in Myagdi district, Simkosh Bagar is a geographically remote and distant village with around 50 households.

Among the 157 voters in the village, only 50 had reached the farthest polling station in the last May 13’s local level election to vote. Many locals could not hike to the remote polling station as they had to guard their houses.

Senior citizens, people with disabilities, expecting mothers, new mothers and herders were also deprived of voting given their physical inactivity, professional commitments and geographical remoteness of the polling station among others.

Simkosh Bagar is the last human settlement along the way leading to the base camp of Mt Dhaulagiri in the district.

Simkosh Bagar dwellers are exuberant after this new development for they can exercise their franchise in their own locality without having to walk for hours and hours.

Chitra Bahadur Tilija, a local resident gushed that the establishment of a new polling station had now saved them time and made it easier for them to vote conveniently.

Tilija described, “We would hike to Naur village on the eve of the voting and after voting, we would stay over in the same village and reach our home on the third day only.” According to him, villagers were very happy to have a new polling station in their locality.

The team lead by Election Officer Giri Prasad Chantyal is gearing up to successfully hold election in this village.

Following the last local level, eight new polling stations were set up for disadvantaged and geographically remote settlements, including one in Simkosh Bagar.

Source: National News Agency Nepal