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Nepal’s second phase polls witness 70.5% voter turnout

Nepal’s second phase polls, which commenced in three provinces covering much of the volatile southern plains, witnessed 70.5 percent voter turnout, the country’s Election Commission has said.

In a press briefing called at the Election Commission premises on late Wednesday evening, Chief Election Commissioner of Nepal Dr. Ayodhi Prasad Yadav announced turnout of more than 70 percent.

The first phase of local polls that was held after a gap of about two decades witnessed the highest turnout of 73 percent. Held on May 14, 2017, the first local elections covered 34 districts of the three provinces.

The Election Commission is now in the process of collecting all ballot boxes to start the vote counting.

The second phase polls of Nepal was executed in a peaceful manner with minor reports of clashes between the cadres of the political parties.

The Election Commission of Nepal had set up 8,364 polling stations around the three provinces, which widely covered the restive southern plains.

After the conclusion of the two phased local elections, the Election Commission of Nepal now has the biggest challenge ahead – of holding the final round of local elections, slated for September 28 in Province no. 2.

Province No. 2 is the homeland of the Rashtriya Janata Party – Nepal (RJP-N) which is leading the protest against the Constitution promulgated in the September of 2015.

Though the RJP-N had earlier denounced the second phase elections, it did cover some parts of the Terai region and later protested and called for a shut down in Province no. 2.


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