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Nepal: Local body elections held peacefully Voting has been postponed due to disputes in some places

May 13, 2022


Voting for the local body elections in Nepal ended peacefully, with sporadic incidents of unrest. As a result, Nepali police concluded that the election was peaceful.

Nepal Police spokesman Bishnu Kumar KC said that despite sporadic incidents in different districts, the election was conducted peacefully.

He said that 110 incidents took place at polling stations.

According to the details received, re-polling was held at 40 polling stations which were blocked due to disputes.

He said that Kabhre, Saptri; Polling has been postponed in some polling stations, including Rothhat and Sarlahi. Rains also affected polling in some areas.

The ECP said that arrangements have been made for safe transportation of ballot boxes as well as immediate start of counting of votes by collecting all the ballot boxes.

For the first time, local elections were held in a single phase. For the first time since the implementation of the new constitution for Nepal, local elections were held in 2017.

A total of 35,221 public representatives will be elected at 753 local levels.

Eligible voters who have turned 18 and are registered as of Thursday have the opportunity to vote. A total of 145011 candidates are contesting the elections.

65 parties registered their candidates.

A total of 439,953 personnel (109,088 staff, 65,865 volunteers, 5,000 supervisors, and 260,000 security personnel) were deployed for the election.

Voting time frame was between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. But in some places, the voting process continued even after 5 o’clock in the queue of voters.

There have been reports of miscreants hijacking ballot boxes in Rothhat.

Meanwhile, due to an election dispute in Odepur, the police had to open fire and one person was killed on the spot.

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