Use of children, t-shirt and caps in electioneering fails to draw attention

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SAPTARI — The publicity campaigns under the third phase of the local level polls to be held in Province no 2 is gathering momentum.

The party leaders, cadres, candidates and independent runners have started door-to-door campaigns to woo potential voters for the election slated for September 18.

The parties’ cadres with the flags of their respective parties and armed with declaration papers and election symbols are trying to win the votes of women, elderly citizens and the youths. The tea-shops and local hangouts are abuzz with the chatter of locals who spend time in discussion and predictions as to who will be elected in the local polls.

Chief District Officer (CDO) Bhagirath Pandey said the security bodies are preparing for full security cover to prevent any acts that may disrupt the polls in the district. The District Security Committee meeting held on Friday made a regular briefing to the District’s Chief Election Official in Saptari on the security scenario.

In the midst of the active publicity campaigns, the businesses in the general shops and hotels have surged along with scenes of crowds thronging the petrol stations for fuel products.

Meanwhile, a plethora of activities that violate the election code have not gone unnoticed. The distribution of t-shirts and caps embossed with the election symbols of the parties along with the use of children in the rallies have failed to divert the concerned authorities’ attention.

A total of 5,683 candidates – independent and parties’ nominees – are set to compete in the elections in the district. According to the District Election Office, at least 103 candidates will contest for nine mayoral posts, and 92 will run for nine deputy mayors’ posts in 18 local levels of the district.

A total of 114 candidates have been registered to run for the chairpersons’ posts in nine rural municipalities and 74 for deputy’s positions. For the post of chairpersons in a total of 164 wards, 1,217 candidates will be contesting in the local polls.

Of the total of 462 voting centers in the district, 224 have been deemed as ‘ultra – sensitive’ while 238 have been designated the status of ‘sensitive’, according to Saptari’s Police Chief Mukesh Kumar Singh. Of the total of 295 voting stations, 207 and 88 have been deemed as ultra sensitive and sensitive respectively.

The government will mobilize a force of 4,000 Nepal Police personnel and 2,000 from Armed Police Force and the National Investigation Department along with the national army. RSS