Local Level Election finally after 20 years; voting commences
First Phase Local Level Election
KATHMANDU, May 14: First phase of local level election is being held today in the 283 local units of 34 districts under provinces 3, 4 and 6, for the first time ever in Nepal. The voting commenced at 7 am.
This local level election has been interpreted as the most important exercise in the Nepalese history since 1997 as the people are exercising their franchise to make a choice of their favorite candidates for the local government.
The local level has been without people’s representatives since 2002. The local election will officially devolve the power centered at Singha Durbar to the local units.
A total of 4,956,925 voters are casting votes today in 6,642 polling stations. The election is being conducted in four metropolitan cities, one sub metropolis, 92 municipalities and 186 rural municipalities.
A total of 49, 337 candidates (30,005 men and 19,332 women) are contesting the local polls, among them 160 women and 169 men candidates remain unopposed, according to the Election Commission. , The local polls will elect municipality’ mayor, deputy mayor, chairperson of rural municipality, vice chairperson, ward chairperson, two ward members from open quota, a woman ward member and a woman ward member representing the Dalit community.
According to Home Ministry, 64,000 police personnel including Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, temporary police and intelligene officers have been deployed for the first phase local election.
Nepal Army has deployed 31,000 soldiers for the security, with choppers on standby in Kathmandu, Hetauda, Pokhara and Surkhet.
The second phase local level election will be conducted in provinces 1, 2, 5 and 7 and is scheduled on June 14.