Voters not taught to cast ballot properly, says NHRC

Kathmandu, December 7

National Human Rights Council today said the second phase of parliamentary and provincial elections were held with encouraging participation of women, senior citizens and differently-abled people despite a few cases of bomb blasts, sudden cold and precipitation.

The NHRC had deployed its monitoring teams in all 45 districts where the second phase of elections took place today. The teams, including seven high-level monitoring units, monitored the elections from the view point of human rights, according to a statement issued by NHRC today.

From its field observation, the NHRC concluded that voter education had remained ineffective, with even election officials lacking proper poll orientation and that polling stations were mismanaged in majority of the districts.

The rights body has drawn the attention of the authorities concerned to the need to improve voter education campaigns and manage polling booths properly in the future.