From The Nepali Press
Janadharna, 8 February
FROM ISSUE #285 (10 FEB 2006 - 16 FEB 2006) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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As per the king's definition, the elections were held peacefully. The voting took place with utmost silence. There was no argument at the polling centres. There was no capture of booths. The voters did not have to think much about who to vote for. Election officials did not face any hassles. Now which other country in the world can hold such a grand, successful and calm election? With this as a model, it won't be difficult at all to hold parliamentary elections. The government has demonstrated its democratic leanings by expressing gratitude towards all the men, women, the handful of parties and criminal groups for obeying the king's orders to participate in the polls. All conflict-ridden countries should think of hiring great election organisers like Kamal Thapa. Add to this the grand weeklong Maoist banda and only security personnel were seen walking along the empty streets of the capital. Furthermore, no one had to pay attention to the fuss created by the 2,000 detained political workers inside detention centres. So, if this is a not a successful democracy, then what is? The only problem is, where on earth is the government? Do we still have one?