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67pc voter turnout in second phase elections

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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.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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