Nepalese Participate in a Historic National Election

Nepalese Constituent Assembly Building Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Nepalese Constituent Assembly Building Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Nepalese have voted in a national election for the first time ever after the end of civil war and the abolishment of the monarchy.

Tens of thousands of Nepalese including the voters from remote Himalayan villages braved cold weather and walked hours to reach polling stations.

According to the election commission of Nepal, the turnout was more than 65% as they voted for choosing 275-member parliament and 550 representatives in the provincial assemblies, BBC reported.

As the first phase went just fine, the second phase of the Nepalese vote is supposed to be held on 7 December.

Ayodhee Prasad, the chief election commissioner said, “We are delighted to let you know that we have achieved historic success in holding the first phase of elections in 32 districts. The polls were held mostly peacefully.”

In the first-ever free election in Nepal, more than 15 million people are eligible to cast their votes.

In the current election, the Nepali Congress Party has taken an alliance with the Communist UML party, a former Maoist rebel group.

The rest of the 45 districts will have an election in the second phase of the vote. The new election date for the three polling stations where explosives were found and election paused hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Nepal had been going through engrossed political turmoil in the recent years. In the past ten years after the civil war ended, Nepal had 10 Prime Minister in 11 years.

After years of negotiations, Nepal adopted a new constitution in 2015 to reach stability and a better political system.

The new constitution ensures a certain number of seats in the parliament and in the provincial assemblies for the women, representative from the indigenous people and the underprivileged Dalit caste. The current polls are under this new constitution.


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