KATHMANDU — The Election Commission has imposed ban on using public and private vehicles in 32 districts on Sunday where first phase of House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly election is taking place.
The prohibition will come into effect from Saturday midnight to Sunday 5:00 pm in all 32 districts, according to Spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal of EC.
“No Public and private vehicles will be allowed to ply on the road during the elections and even after the voting is over without special permission”, Dhakal said.
Ambulances, emergency services, vehicles used by security agencies, national observers, diplomatic officials, press and the commissions are allowed after getting approval from the concerned authorities, the EC has clarified.
“Banning other [public and private] vehicles are necessary to ensure that people who want to manipulate votes and voters intending to cast bogus votes cannot travel easily,” Dhakal said.
The candidates and political party’s leaders also need the special permission from the authorized department for the use of vehicles on the polling day, the election body has said.
Light vehicles and motorcycles, however, will be allowed with the pass to manage mobility of old age and disabled.
The first phase of House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly election is being held in total 32 districts of Provinces 1,2,4,5,6 and 7. There 7 districts of Province 1, 6 districts in Province 2, 6 districts in Province 4, 2 districts in Province 5, 6 districts in Province 6 and 4 districts in Province 7.Follow @gorkhapost
Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency
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.Follow @gorkhapost