With less than a week to go for local level elections, candidates and political parties in Myagdi are reaching out to voters to seek their voters while also teaching them how to vote.

As the Election Commission failed to conduct voter education programme the candidates and their parties have started going to the doorsteps of the voters seeking their votes and also doing voter education simultaneously. Candidates, leaders and activists have gone door to door to teach voters how to vote.

Nepali Congress candidate for the post of mayor of Beni Municipality Chiranjeevi Poudel and deputy mayor candidate Jyoti Lamichhane of CPN-Maoist Centre yesterday campaign with voters of Thamdanda, Surkemela and Bagarphant of Beni Municipality-4.

In Beni municipality, there is a two-party alliance between the Nepali Congress and the CPN-Maoist Centre.

Padampani Sharma, 70, of Beni Municipality-2 said voter education programme was needed as it was a bit difficult this time even though they had voted many times before.

As a result, the candidates and leaders have come to teach how to vote. Likewise, Shriprasad Roka, who has become the candidate for the post of chair of Malika Rural Municipality from the Nepali Congress was also found giving information about voter education during the campaign.

Roka said that it was his responsibility not only to ask the voters for votes but also to inform them about the right way of voting.

According to NC Myagdi Vice-president KB Bhandari, the party has mobilised leaders and cadres including candidates for voter education.

Thamsara Pun, who has become the UML's candidate for the post of Chair of Dhawalagiri Rural Municipality, is also teaching her voters how to vote.

She said voters were made aware of the way of voting during the door-to-door campaign to prevent invalid votes.

Leaders and cadres, including candidates are teaching voters how to vote with the help of sample ballot papers.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 08, 2022 of The Himalayan Times.