135 election staff stranded in Upper Dolpa seek rescue support

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Kathmandu, November 23. 135 election workers and security personnel stationed in 12 voting stations around Upper Dolpa are unable to return to the district headquarter. They are seeking assistance with an airlift rescue.

For the November 20 elections, a total of  511 employees were deployed in 22 locations across the district. 

The staff members stationed near Shey Phoksundo, Chharkatangsang, and Dolpo Budhha areas are stranded due to insufficient transportation services. The trapped staff includes 43 ballot employees, 44 police personnel, and 48 temporary(myadi) police persons. Two of them are female staff.

“They were dropped to the stations by a helicopter. Now they are being airlifted. Today morning, 10 employees were brought back along with the ballot boxes,” Dolpa’s Chief Election Officer Baburam Subedi informed reporters.

Subedi also said that the Election Commission has been notified about the delay in airlifting the employees. “Government employees’ lives are important, thus there should be no delay in evacuating them to safety,” he added.

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