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CCTV’s not enough: Bharatpur officials install iron bars to ensure safe vote counting

The vote counting hall is ready for the local elections in Bharatpur, Chitwan, in May 2022.
The vote counting hall is ready for the local elections in Bharatpur, Chitwan, in May 2022.

Chitwan, May 12

Election officials in the Bharatpur city of Chitwan appear too cautious to avoid any untoward incident during the vote counting of local elections this time.

Besides the CCTV cameras, they have also installed iron bars to ensure safe counting.

During the vote counting in the 2017 local elections, the city had earned notoriety as some political party cadres tore ballot papers being counted, leading to serious controversy.

Purushottam Paudel, the information officer of the Chief Election Office, says it has been ensured that the counting centre would have electricity and internet round the clock.

Likewise, there have been eight CCTV cameras installed at the Bharatpur vote counting hall as directed by the Election Commission.

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