Nepal | August 07, 2020

Election peaceful by and large, voter turnout spikes 71 per cent

KESHAV P. KOIRALA
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KATHMANDU: At least 71 per cent voters in 34 districts on Sunday took part in the local level elections that were held for the first time after Nepal’s new constitution was promulgated in September 2015, according to the Election Commission.

A few incidents of disruption and violence in some districts notwithstanding , Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav said in a press conference, voting concluded peacefully and in free and fair manner.

Voting was carried out in Province No. 3, 4 and 6 in the first phase today to elect leadership in 281 local levels, including four metropolitan cities, one sub-metropolitan city, 92 municipalities and 186 rural municipalities today.

Two rural municipalities, one each in Manang and Dolpa districts, had unanimously elected their representatives without voting.

Vote counting is expected to begin in some districts, including in the Kathmandu Valley, tonight itself.

The remaining 41 districts in four provinces — Province No. 1, 2, 5 and 7– will hold local level elections on June 14 in the second phase after the number of local levels in the Tarai districts are revised.

CEC Yadav said voting was cancelled at three polling centres, one each in Kavre, Kalikot and Dolakha districts, and date for fresh voting will be fixed later.

Ballot boxes from remote locations will be airlifted by choppers to the respective headquarters in some districts, he informed.

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Districts

Voter turnout 

1

Dolakha

62 *

2

Ramechhap

54

3

Sindhuli

75

4

Kavrepalanchok

60*

5

Sindhupalchok

70

6

Nuwakot

70

7

Rasuwa

82

8

Dhading

75

9

Chitwan

70

10

Makawanpur

70

11

Bhaktapur

80

12

Lalitpur

75

13

Kathmandu

75

14

Gorkha

80

15

Jajarkot

73

16

Lamjung

71

17

Tanahun

70

18

Kaski

75

19

Manang

58

20

Mustang

75

21

Parbat

65

22

Syangja

70

23

Myagdi

60

24

Baglung

67

25

Nawalparasi

73

26

Salyan

71

27

Dolpa

81

28

Jumla

70

29

Mugu

70

30

Humla

75

31

Kalikot

60*

32

Dailekh

70

33

Surkhet

70

34

Rukum

          75

Source: Election Commission


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