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Elections and Freedom

By National Federation Party Leader Biman Prasad

Highly Questionable

The decision to recruit members of the public, as Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers is highly questionable and an unusual practice.

Every general election since 1972 has seen civil servants manage polling stations. September 17, which is polling day is a public holiday. Surely we have more than 14,000 civil servants who can work as presiding officers and their assistants. Why are civil servants being passed? Does it mean that the Elections Office does not trust the civil servants to do this work?

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