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First phase elections concluded peacefully : Home Ministry

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KATHMANDU — The Ministry of Home Affairs has concluded that the first phase of the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies concluded peacefully on Sunday.

In a press statement released after the polls, the Ministry said the elections were held in 32 districts in a very exciting and peaceful atmosphere with the people’s enthusiastic participation.

The voter turnout in the phase I elections was around 65 per cent and safe transport of ballot boxes to the district headquarters from the polling stations is going on, Ministry spokesperson Narayan Prasad Sharma Duwadi said in the statement.

The elections concluding in peaceful, impartial and fear-free atmosphere with people’s enthusiastic participation despite geographical remoteness, (adverse) weather condition and a few obstructions from some anti-election forces was itself a great achievement in course of institutionalising federalism, the Ministry added.

The Nepalese Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and security personnel from the National Investigation Department were mobilised for the purpose of election security .

The Ministry thanking all those contributing to holding the elections hoped for the same kind of cooperation and support and people’s participation in the second phase of elections scheduled to be held in 45 districts on coming December 7.

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Tenure of NA members determined though lucky draw

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KATHMANDU — Tenure of members of the National Assembly has been determined through a lucky draw method on Monday.

As per the lucky draw conducted at the Federal Parliament in New Baneshwor today, the term of opposition party Nepali Congress lawmaker Surendra Pandey has fixed for two years, while the term of Nepal Communist Party lawmaker Dinanath Sharma has been fixed for four years.

Similarly, Nainkala Ojha, Shashikala Dahal, Udaya Sharma Poudel, Shanti Kumari Adhikari, Komal Oli and Taradevi Bhatta would serve as NA members for four years.

Likewise, the tenure of members — Bina Pokharel, Pramila Kumari, Dil Kumari Rawal, Deepa Gurung, Anita Devkota, Nanda Chhapai and Indu Kadariya — was determined for six years.

The term of Sarita Prasain, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Dhan Kumari Khatiwada, Binda Devi Ale, Mina Budha, Yutal Tamang and Kamala Kumari Oli has been determined for two years.

Of the 59 NA members, 56 were elected from seven provinces—eight from each province, with three others being nominated by the President on the recommendation by the government.

All the clusters have been divided into three categories of two years, four years and six years and the lawmakers should pick one of the three categories.

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