UK aid for digital voter register

KATHMANDU: The UK Department for International Development has committed £961,822 (Rs 107 million) in aid to procure voter registration equipment for the Election Commission through United Nations Development Programme.

Issuing a statement, DFID said the contribution, made through its Enabling State Programme, will support the EC’s voter registration plan by helping procure 1,000 registration kits to support the first two phases of voter registration. The procurement of the registration units will achieve registration of 1,327,000 eligible voters in 16 Himalayan districts by the first week of May and that of 3 million eligible voters in 55 municipalities by July. The funding will help prepare a full digital voter register for the first time in Nepal.