Bombs go off in bid to block ferrying of ballot boxes

Jajarkot, November 27

After the successful conduction of the first round of parliamentary and provincial elections, ballot boxes are being carried to safe places. However, there are reports of explosions at a few places targeting teams assigned to collect ballot boxes.

In Jajarkot, a bomb exploded at Rolkhola in Kushe Rural Municipality-1 this morning while ballot boxes were being ferried to the district headquarters.

According to police, Shanta Bahadur Basnet, a helper, sustained minor injuries from the shrapnel of the explosion. “Ballot boxes and team members are safe,” informed DSP Bhawesh Rimal of District Police Office.

Similarly, in Bhojpur, a sutali bomb exploded in Nyanule forest in Sadanand Municipality while ballot boxes from various wards of Salpasilichho Rural Municipality were being brought to the district headquarters.

There are no reports of damage, though.

“In view of the possible threats, high security alert has been adopted while ferrying ballot boxes,” said Chief District Officer Fadindra Dahal, adding that ballot boxes from more than 100 voting centres had been collected so far.

Similarly, a bomb exploded in Bhartikanda of Chaurjahari Municipality-6, Rukum, targeting a team carrying ballot papers. The team was carrying ballot boxes brought from Chaurjahari Municipality.

No damage was reported from the explosion.

Vote counting will start only after the second round of polls on December 7. Till then, all ballot boxes will be kept at the District Coordination Committee building.