Over 20,000 new voters eligible to cast vote in by-elections

Kathmandu, October 16

Over 20,000 new voters will have a chance to participate in the by-elections scheduled to be held on November 30 for 52 posts, including one House of Representative constituency from Kaski-1 and three provincial assembly seats from Bhaktapur, Baglung and Dang constituencies.

The EC will print voter identity cards for new voters, but those voters who had voted in the last elections will be required to use their old voter ID cards. Information Officer of the Election Commission Surya Prasad Aryal said the EC would start setting up election offices in next two weeks in 37 districts where by-elections will be held. Among the posts of local levels for which by-elections will be held, included the post of four chiefs of local levels, one deputy chief and 43 ward chairs.

The EC will hold a two-day training for chief election officers, election officers and other employees on October thirty-first and November one in three cities Biratnagar, Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. The EC will also deploy two government employees in each ward of the HoR and provincial assembly constituencies where by-elections will be held to educate the voters from November 21 to 28. The EC, which is expected to endorse election directives within a few days, will train those officials employed for poll duty on electoral processes, including the process governing counting of votes and data entry. Candidates of parliamentary and provincial assembly seats will have two weeks for election campaign, said Aryal.