Nearly half of the voters have been deprived of their right to vote in the upcoming local level election on April 12.
According to estimates, more than 20 percent of the total population (291.92 million 480) or about 6 million voters are abroad.
That’s more than half the total votes cast. Similarly, a total of 560,000 voters including 260,000 polling staff and 300,000 security personnel will be deprived of their right to vote.
It is certain that about half of the voters will be absent in the local level election where about 6.5 million voters are being deprived of their right to vote.
Constituent Assembly member and senior advocate Khim Lal Devkota said that the government has not been able to provide voting rights to all citizens despite the Supreme Court order.
He said that depriving about 6.5 million voters from exercising their voting right in the local elections was not good for democracy.
He said that out of 204 countries, 137 countries have the right to vote from outside, adding that the government should not deprive them of human rights.
Constituent Assembly member Devkota said that voting rights could be provided to voters in the country and abroad through online voting, early voting and postal voting. He said that the Supreme Court had issued an order 4-5 years ago to make necessary arrangements in this regard. The then government mentioned that it could be done and the Election Commission made necessary arrangements to amend the law in that regard He said that it was unfortunate that about 6.5 million voters were deprived of their right to vote when the government did not amend the law.
Constituent Assembly member Devkota said that it was ironic that Nepal should consider the majority of the minority voters as democracy by voting in the absence of the majority voters. He stressed on the need to conduct a serious study on the issue and amend the law immediately.
‘Out of 204 countries, 137 countries have voting from outside. There is a provision that you do not have to be present in the country to vote, you do not have to be present at the polling station. But our country is in a position to be deprived of that facility ‘, said Khatiwada, a member of the Constituent Assembly. While 6 million voters are abroad, 2-3 million voters are employed in election management. Therefore, they will be deprived of the right to vote. ‘
Constituent Assembly member Devkota said that tender ballot was also mentioned in the current law, adding that it would also ensure the right to vote of the people working in the election. He said that arrangements could be made to seal the votes cast by the voters from any polling station and deliver them to the polling station.
‘The current legal arrangement also provides for a tender ballot. Is it from the same polling station or not, is it a voter or not? If there is a dispute, there is an arrangement to do so. He said, “People are voting wherever they are and voting is done by sealing the ballot papers received at the polling station.
Constituent Assembly member Devkota also said that ballot papers could be sealed and sent to the respective places for counting one week before the polling. He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture and that his confession had been obtained through torture.
‘Ballot papers can be sealed and sent to the respective places for counting one week before the polling. It was not impossible for the state to do so much work. But the state did not want it till today. Despite the Supreme Court’s order, the state did not want to amend the law, ‘he said.
Supreme Court The directive order was issued that the voters living abroad should also get the right to vote with effect from 2075 local elections.