Voting Underway For Second Phase of Nepal Federal Parliament & Provincial Elections

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

The first phase of the election was held on November 26, with final results not expected for about another 10 days because of the cumbersome vote-counting procedure, officials said.

A total of 957 people belonging to different political parties have been arrested on charges of attacking leaders, candidates and cadres, police said.

Three Indians and eight Nepalese were detained in Saptari district for their involvement in anti-elections activities, the police said, adding that firearms have also been seized from their possession.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for free, fair and peaceful elections.

Voters have arrived at their respective voting centres from 7 am to cast ballot to elect 128 House of Representatives and 256 Provincial Assembly members.

The Election Commission, Nepal, has allocated 7,752 polling centres with 15,344 polling booths for the voters to exercise their franchise across the areas where the election is commencing.

According to Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhyee Prasad Yadav, 400 global observers and 45,000 national observers have been monitoring the elections.

Nepalis began voting in the final round of parliamentary elections on Thursday, a key step to complete a near decade-long democratic transition after the abolition of the centuries-old monarchy and the end of a civil war against Maoist guerrillas.

Over 200,000 security personnel have been deployed in the ground for the elections, according to Home Ministry.

"The Nepal Police has deputed booth security squads, mobile teams and security personnel in plain clothes for the objective of election security", he added.

Political analysts say the alliance between the main group of Maoist former rebels and the opposition Communist UML party is widely expected to emerge as the victor. The final results of the election are expected to be out by December 25.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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