Gaighat, March 29
Uadayapur youths who have missed out on the voters’ list are disappointed as they cannot cast their ballot in the upcoming May 14 civic polls.
The District Election Office had stopped registering new voters after the government announced the election date. Many youths of the district, who had returned home from abroad to cast vote in the upcoming poll, were disappointed to learn that they would not be able to vote.
Mohansher Rai, of Triyuga Municipality, had come to his hometown Udaypur from Malaysia a week ago to cast his ballot. However, he soon learnt that the voters’ registration had ended and he wouldn’t be able to participate in the local polls.
“I came to Nepal from far away only to cast my vote. Now I have no option but to go back to Malaysia in a few days,” Rai said. Like Rai, many migrant youth workers of the district are disappointed that they have been deprived of their right to vote.
District Election Office Udayapur Chief Ek Bahadur Basnet said several youths visited his office on a daily basis to get their names registered.
“Up to 10 youths come to the office with request to register their names in the voters’ list. But as the government has already stopped registering voters, there is nothing we can do to change the situation,” Basnet said.
A version of this article appears in print on March 30, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.