More than 12.2 million voters are eligible for casting their vote in the second phase of Nepal’s elections
Polling for the second phase of elections in Nepal has already begun. Notably, polling opened on Thursday for the last phase of the historic provincial elections that many hope will bring the stability to the Himalayan nation.
According to reports, more than 12.2 million voters are eligible to exercise their voting rights in the second phase of the polls.
The voting is taking place for 128 constituencies of Parliament’s House of Representatives and 256 seats of Provincial Assemblies in 45 districts. As per reports, in total 4,482 candidates, including Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, will be trying their fate in the final phase of the elections.
1,163 candidates are contesting for the House Representatives and 2,819 candidates are trying for the provincial assemblies. 15,334 polling centres have been set up start for the polling that started today in the morning amid tight security and will continue until 5 Pm.
The first phase of elections in the landlocked country was successfully held in 32 districts on November 26.
The vote count is expected to begin later today. Interestingly, this is the first time that elections for Parliament and Provincial assemblies are being conducted under the new constituting promulgated in September 2015.
After the elections, 128 Members of Parliament and 256 members of the Provincial Assemblies will be elected.
Notably, these elections are seen as the final step in Nepal’s transition to a federal democracy following a decade-long civil war till 2006 that claimed more than 16,000 lives. The polls are the major step toward implementing the new constitution.
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