Polls opened in Nepal for historic Election

Vastavam web: Polls opened today in Nepal for a historic round of provincial and parliamentary elections that many hope will bring the much-needed political stability to the Himalayan nation.Under the first round of elections, 3.19 million voters were choosing lawmakers amid tight security in 32 districts, mainly hilly and mountain regions in the northern part of the land-locked country.Out of the total 15.4 million voters, 3.19 million voters are eligible to cast their votes today while the remaining ones will exercise their franchise on December 7.
The Election Commission (EC) has urged voters to reach their respective polling centers and exercise their democratic rights in a free and fearless manner.A large number of security personnel including the army have been mobilised to ensure security.The EC authorities visited several remote areas on helicopters to assess poll preparations.
Chief Election Commissioner Aydohee Prasad Yadav visited Dolpa in the North-East mountain region and Nuwakot in the central Nepal respectively to have a direct observation of the poll preparations.”The election will complete the implementation of the first Constitution promulgated through the Constituent Assembly and federal democratic republic will be further strengthened ending the protracted political deadlock,” he said.
Two major communist parties – CPN-UML and former rebel CPN (Maoist) now rebranded as CPN (Maoist Center) – have forged an electoral alliance against the ruling Nepali Congress.There are also some electoral alliances between the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal, a key Madhesi party and Nepali Congress in some constituencies to counter the communist alliance.Let’s hope, this election will pave the way for political stability and development in the coming days,” said former chief election commissioner Bhojraj Pokharel, who successfully conducted elections in 2008.