Commission wanted CCTV cameras in all 753 vote counting centres, but it’s possible in around 300 places only

Representational image for a CCTV camera

Kathmandu, May 11

The Election Commission says it wanted CCTV cameras in all 753 vote counting centres across the country for the local elections to be held this Friday, but it did not become possible.

The commission says monitoring with the cameras would be possible in only around 300 places only as the local governments could not manage them.

“We couldn’t provide CCTV cameras on our own and some local governments said they could not do it either,” Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya says.

Further, a lack of uninterrupted electricity and internet in some remote districts resulted in the problem, according to him.

Whenever CCTV monitoring cannot be possible, the officials will be asked to keep video records of the counting process so that they can be used whenever any dispute arises.

Providing security to vote counting is considered a key challenge in Nepal’s election process as some ballot papers were torn by political cadres in Bharatpur of Chitwan in 2017.

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