New polling centre set up in Gumbagaun for voters

Bajura, June 12

District Election Office Bajura has set up a polling centre at remote Gumbagaun in Himali Rural Municipality of the district.

The Election Commission’s attention was drawn after a news article was published in The Himalayan Times, about the difficulties faced by residents of far flung areas to reach the voting centre. They had to stay over for the night to cast votes. The polling centre was established after the Election Commission asked the district election office to write to the former for the establishment of a polling centre in the locality, said District Election Officer Shubhadra Gautam.

Though the locals were urging the leaders of political parties to set up a polling centre, they didn’t heed their request. The district Election Office also didn’t pay attention to the matter. The commission permitted the district election office to set up office at a convenient place for Gumbagaun residents, on June 8.

“Those who were deprived of voting rights before, and those who were reluctant to cast their votes owing to the inconvenience caused by the distance of the voting centre, will also cast their votes happily,” said Jagat Bahadur Lama, a local.

There are 30 voters at Gumbagaun. Previously, they had to walk for more than a day to reach the polling centre at Baudi of Himali Rural Municipality.

Meanwhile, after a news article about the deprivation of children of vaccination was published, District Health Chief Dr Rup Chandra Bishwokarma said that

children had been immunised by health workers, at their doorsteps.

Chief Bishwokarma had sought clarification with Bichchhya Health Post In-charge Kamal Acharya on the same issue, and he directed health officials to provide the health service regularly for folks living in remote areas.

Similarly, District Education Office’s attention was drawn after a news article was published in THT about the closure of Himalbhakti Primary School located at Gumba. Following the news, the concerned resource person was directed to present facts about the school and a clarification was sought from the head teacher of the school, as per District Education Officer Nagendra Raj Regmi.

Besides, after a news article about the deprivation of locals from the essential state documents was published in the daily, Chief District Officer Devendra Lamichhane assured he would providing birth registration, death registration and citizenship certificates, among others, at the villagers’ doorsteps.