A total of 168,000 security personnel from Nepal’s various security agencies will be engaged to maintain security during the upcoming local elections on May 13th.
As a result, Nepal’s security system has stepped forward with the appropriate security strategy to ensure that the local elections are held free, fair, and without fear. The security team is gathering information and inspecting polling stations and centers on-site and has been dispatched to provide required protection in locations where election operations have begun.
According to the strategy, the Nepal Police will be in the first circle of election security, followed by armed police and finally the Nepal Army. The security system has been activated, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs, by establishing an integrated and separate strategic security plan for security agencies to conduct the election in a fair, fearless, and peaceful way.
Nepal Police will mobilize over 65,000 men for this election, while the Nepal Army will deploy 71,000 troops and the Armed Police Force will deploy 32,000. Senior Superintendent of Police Bishnukumar KC, Nepal Police Spokesperson, said the police have devised an election security strategy to provide a peaceful and fearless voting environment.
With the collaboration of all security services, the Nepalese government has also produced an integrated security plan.
KC stated that the Nepal Police will be in charge of the election’s security, with the Armed Police Force, Nepal Army, and the National Investigation Department serving as support forces.
For the elections, a total of 10,756 polling stations and 21,955 polling booths have been put up. As a result, the administration has designated 2,946 polling stations as highly sensitive, 4,423 polling stations as sensitive, and 3,387 polling stations as less sensitive.
Army spokesman Brigadier General Narayan Silwal said army troops will be stationed at polling stations and will be in charge of transporting vote papers and securing ballot boxes.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Bidur Khadka, a spokesperson for the Armed Police, said that 32,000 armed police troops have been prepared for election protection. Some have already been dispatched, while others are getting ready to go on election duty.