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2410 ballot boxes brought to respective district headquarters

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KATHMANDU — The ballot boxes from the polling stations in 32 districts where the first phase of House of Representatives and State Assemblies elections were held on Sunday have been brought to the respective district headquarters.

So far, ballot boxes from 2410 polling centers have been brought to respective district headquarters until Sunday evening, the Election Commission confirmed. The first phase elections were conducted in 2917 polling centers on November 26.

EC Spokesperson Nabraj Dhakal said that preparations are underway to bring ballot boxes from 40 voting centres to the respective district headquarters by helicopter. The remaining 467 ballot boxes are being brought to respective district headquarters by road.

He said that the ballot boxes of 15 districts have been carried to the district headquarters till 4:00 afternoon Monday.

The EC said all the ballot boxes would be carried to the district headquarters till Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile,local administrations and political parties have said they have sealed the storage rooms in most of the districts with separate padlocks from each major political party and kept under CCTV surveillance with round the clock guards from each political party in addition to the three-layer security provided by government security forces.

Local administrations have deployed Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force to provide security for the ballot boxes collected from all polling stations across the districts.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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