Nepalis cast votes despite scanty disruption from political parties

Chairman of Interim Election Council (IEC) Khil Raj Regmi casts his vote at a polling centre at New Baneshwor in Kathmandu on Tuesday‚ November 19‚ 2013. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: The second edition of Constituent Assembly elections in Nepal remained peaceful till half day on Tuesday with the exception of few violent incidents in some places across the nation.

In Dailekh, the CPN-Maoist cadres vandalized a polling booth and snatched away polling materials in Chamunda VDC under Dailekh’s second constituency. However the polls resumed after back up materials were provided by the district election commission team.

Ballot papers were snatched after 40 voters had casted their votes. Security forces deputed at the station fired 12 rounds of air-fire to control the mob and the situation.

Elections could not kick off in Liwang of Rolpa district. Incoming reports claimed that only 12 people have taken voters ID card. Libang has been famous for being the starting point of the 12 year long Maoist insurgency.

UCPN Maoist cadres have reportedly bared supporters and voters of political parties other than theirs in Siraha’s constituency number 5. Party Chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal is contending from this constituency.

Party cadres have taken control of Badamahal -6 based Jhulkiya Ni Ma Vi voting center, another voting center in the same VDC’s ward number 9 ( Pra VI voting center), and Kalabanjar Janta Ma Vi voting center in Kalyanpur. They have allowed only people whom they know of political affiliations to vote and have denied entry to voters whom do not share similiar sentiments.

In Dolakha constituency number 1, UCPN Maoist cadres have looted poll station. They even vandalized and assaulted voters and other party cadres who protested against their activities.