KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has said that voter turnout at 67 per cent in the second phase of parliamentary and provincial election held in 45 districts on Thursday.
In a press meet organised to thank the voters and to announce the success of the elections, Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhi Prasad Yadav said that the voting process went smoothly except for minor disruptions.
According to the EC, Gulmi district recorded the highest 71 per cent voter turnout.
CEC Yadav said the polls were largely peaceful and voter turnout was higher than in the first phase. Yadav informed that the poll was conducted peacefully in all district, except for two polling centers in Arghakhaachi. Voting at the two polling centers at Mathura Secondary School at Neta in Sandhikharka-5 was canceled after parties disputed the authenticity of ballot papers.
Voter turnout in first phase parliamentary and provincial elections was recorded at 65 percent. However, voter turnout is less compared to other recent elections. The voter turnout in the recently concluded local elections was 74.16 percent and 79 percent in the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections.
First phase elections were held in 32 districts on November 26.
The completion of the second phase of elections will make way for a federal parliament at the center and provincial assemblies in seven provinces as envisioned by the new constitution adopted in 2015.
“The EC believes this election has contributed to implementing the constitution and ending the transition in the real sense,” CEC Yadav said.
According to the election body, a total of 5,293 candidates are competing under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system while as many as 6,094 candidates are contesting under the proportional (PR) category.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.