CPN-Maoist obstructs voter’s registration process; MoHA urges all not to obstruct the process

KAKARVITTA: The registration of biometric voters’ name list ongoing at two village development committees in Jhapa has been halted owing to the obstruction from the CPN-Maoist cadres and local ethnic organizations.

The CPN-Maoist cadres and the Limbuwan organizations obstructed the task of collecting biometric voters’ list at Jyamirgadhi and Dharampur VDCs in protest against the announcement of fresh election under the leadership of Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi.

Over two dozen Maoist cadres Jyamirgadhi had obstructed the task. A clash ensued between the cadres and police personnel after the police resorted to baton charge to disperse the mob. Five people including two policemen were injured in the clash.

The irate Limbuwan cadres vandalized the office of Dharampur VDC, Police Inspector Durga Adhikari said. Over 200 Limbuwan cadres reached the VDC office and vandalized it. The mob was dispersed following the arrival of the Armed Police Force team from Lakhanpur.

Chief of the District Election Office, Jhapa, Gopal Acharya informed that although the process of collecting voter’s list halted at the moment, important documents, computer sets and cameras used for the task are safe.

Similarly, the CPN-Maoist cadres have looted a laptop belonging to the District Election Office, Myagdi. The Maoist cadres took away the laptop being used for the registration of biometric voters’ list at Bhakimli VDC.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has called on all political parties to cooperate with the Election Commission, which is updating the voters’ list throughout the country.

In a statement, the ministry has said that its serious attention has been drawn towards reports that political groups were obstructing officials from discharging their duties.

The ministry said that it has directed local administration to take legal action against those that are obstructing the crucial task.

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