Former chairman of NHRC and Chief Justice Kedar Nath Upadhyaya said that the second phase of election will get success only if fear among the voters is removed. He said that political parties and members of civil society can play a vital role to make the second phase of election fair, clean and fearless.
He expressed his views while speaking at an interaction program on “Fair and clean election” organized by Democratic Freedom and Human Rights organizations for peace in Rajbiraj on June 5.
He added that only by mobilizing armed security personnel will not ensure the security of the people but the fear from the voters must be removed to make the election successful. He also said that for this, all political parties, members of civil society and stakeholders must be sensitive.
Speaking at the program, former member of the commission and INSEC founder chairperson Sushil Pyakurel accused Election Commission of being paralyzed. He accused commission of obeying whatever the government is saying. He accused EC of not using its discretion while making any important decision. Election is not only the process of selection candidate, it is also a process to protect the people’s right, and EC has failed to do it, he added.
The commission is already dragged into a dispute during a first phase and there is a suspicion in second phase, he said. People have lost faith on EC especially after the Bharatpur ballot paper tearing incident.
During the program, CDO Krishna Bahadur Katwal, Suman Raj Pyakurel, central member of CPN UML, District Chairperson Govinda Neupane, politician Khushi Lal Mandal, Nathuni Das of Nepal enlightenment council, Bikash Adhikari of District Coordination Committee, District Election Officer Mahesh Thakur, Jitendra Khadka chairperson of FNJ Saptari, former chairperson Bishnu Kumar Mandal including many others had given their recommendations during the program.
Manohar Kumar Pokhrel