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Voting begins for 2nd phase of elections in 45 districts

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KATHMANDU — Voting for the second phase of House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly elections has commenced with excitement in 45 districts today. The polls opened at 7 am amidst tight security. and will continue till 5 pm.

Voters have arrived at their respective voting centres to cast ballot to elect 128 House of Representatives and 256 Provincial Assembly members.

Total 1,663 candidates are contesting for parliament and 2,819 candidates for the provincial assemblies under the First-Past-The-Post system.

Likewise, 5,848 contenders are in the fray for 110 seats in parliament and 220 seats in provincial assemblies under the PR category.

The elections will elect 128 member of parliament and 256 members of the provincial assemblies. Apart from these directly elected people’s representatives, 110 members of parliament and 220 members of the provincial assemblies will be elected under the Proportional Representation category.

Over 200,000 security personnel have been deployed in the ground for the elections, according to Home Ministry. Other than security personnel, more than 155,000 poll officials have been deputed for managing the elections today.

The completion of the second phase of elections will ensure a federal parliament at the centre and provincial assemblies in seven provinces as envisioned by the new constitution adopted in 2015.

The first phase elections were conducted in 32 districts on November 26.

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Govt forms panel to look into vegetable syndicate

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a committee to look into the issues of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market and come up with a viable solution after receiving several complaints from customers regarding the price of vegetables skyrocketing due to the prevalence of syndicate.

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav formed a seven-member committee on Tusday. Nabaraj Dhakal, the joint secretary and also spokesperson at Ministry for Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS), has been appointed as the chair of the committee.

Other members of the committee are joint secretaries of the Ministry of Agricultural and Livestock Development and Ministry of Home Affairs, Executive Director of Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Committee Tejendra Prasad Poudel, a deputy inspector general of Nepal Police and two officer-level staff of MoICS.

Earlier, vegetable traders had halted trade at the Market demanding immediate release of Bharat Khatiwada and Ujwal Dhungana, who had been arrested on Monday for creating disturbance and obstructing the vegetable market monitoring.

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