First phase elections: Voting underway in 32 districts (Update and photos)The voting of the first phase of the federal parliament and provincial assembly elections has commenced in 32 mountain and Hill districts on Sunday.
The voting of the first phase of the federal parliament and provincial assembly elections has commenced in 32 mountain and Hill districts on Sunday.
Voters carrying identity cards have started pouring into polling stations from early in the morning as the country started voting at 7 am today. They are seen queuing up with visible eagerness to elect their representatives.
According to Election Commission Spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal, the voting started at the scheduled time. The voting will continue until 5 pm today, he added. The election in the remaining districts has been slated for December 7.
In case of voter's identity card lost or not available at hand, one can use his or her citizenship card, voter's ID issued by the EC in 2070 B.S., or any other documents with photo specifying his or her identity like passport and driver's licence to cast his or her vote.
A total of 702 candidates are in the fray in the first phase elections, while there are the total 3191945 voters. There are a total of 2,919 polling centers and 4,465 polling stations.
No voters in Upper Mustang, few in Bhojpur
Voting has not begun in some polling centers of Upper Mustand due to extreme cold temperature. Few voters have reached to cast their votes in Bhojpur. Chief Election Officer Harish Chandra Ingnam said low temperature might be the reason for low turnout. He hopes the number will increase as temperature climbs during the day.
Voting in 32 districts (Photos)
Minister without porfolio Janardan Sharma in Rukum.
CPN (Maoist Center) leader and Gorkha-2 candidate Narayan Kaji Shrestha casts his vote from Adarsha Secondary School in Jaubari of Siranchowk Rural Municipality, Gorkha.
Naya Shakti coordinator Baburam Bhattarai, candidate from Gorkha-2, casts his vote at Palungtar in Gorkha.
Speaking briefly to reporters after casting his vote, Bhattarai expressed his confidence about his victory from the constituency. "There are no doubts on my victory. The only question is the margin of victory," said Bhattarai. Calling himself as an architect of the region's development and prosperity, he was hopeful the voters from the constituency would vote him for a landslide victory.
Former Finance Minister and CPN (Maoist Center) leader Barsha Man Pun casts his vote in Rolpa.
Former Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar votes in Rolpa.
CPN-UML Secretary Yogesh Bhattarai casts his ballot in Taplejung.
A voter casts her ballot at a polling centere in Sankhuwasabha on Sunday.
People come for voting at a polling centere in Okhaldhunga.
State Minister Champa Devi Khadka votes in Baglung.