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EC to print separate ballot papers for FPTP elections

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday has decided to print separate ballot papers for first-past-the-post (FPTP) elections of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies slated for November 26 and December 7.

The EC was earlier preparing to print a single ballot paper for the House of Representatives and State Assemblies elections. But a single bench of Justice Dambar Bahadur Shahi on October 25 had ordered the EC to ensure separate ballot papers for the upcoming polls under the FPTP system and present a report.

Rastriya Janata Party Nepal leader Sarbendra Sukhla had filed a writ petition against Election Commission decisions of printing a single ballot paper of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies at the Supreme Court.

Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav said that the EC is positive towards SC decision and they will make final decision on the issue tomorrow. He further said that the election timetable would remain intact.

The EC , earlier had said it would be impossible to hold elections on November 26 with separate ballot papers for federal and provincial elections.

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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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