The Election Commission has said it would start updating the voters’ lists, which is its regular job, from the third week of April.
Chief Election Commissioner Keshab Raj Rajbhandari Sunday said that the preparations to update the voters’ lists were in the final stage and that the government has pledged required amount of budget. He told the state-controlled Nepal TV that the works would begin works in all 75 districts.
“The King has said the alternative to democracy is more democracy. To keep the voters’ list updated is part of a democratic practice,” Rajbhandari said, “We need cooperation from the political parties. The government has already assured us of budget as well as security.”
Provisions require the EC to complete the updating of the voters’ list by the mid-April (end of Chaitra) every year.
According to the updated record of 2060 B.S, there are 1,58,59438 voters in the country.
The EC is planning to mobilise some 5660 officials around the country to update the voters’ lists. Meanwhile, the EC is also planning to keep the records of all households in five districts – Morang, Kaski, Kailali, Makwanpur and Banke – and Kathmandu Metropolitan City.
Deadlines set by successive governments for general elections in the last couple of years have failed with the escalating conflict.
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