Political parties, candidates urged to cooperate in vote counting


KATHMANDU, June 30: The Election Commission has again urged the political parties, candidates, the representatives of the candidates and all stakeholders to extend the necessary cooperation from their side for conducting the counting of votes promptly.

The EC stated that the chief election officers and election officers concerned have already been instructed to speed up the vote counting by forming the required number of vote counting teams in coordination with the political parties and candidates so as to provide the results of the vote counting under the second phase local level elections at the earliest.

EC spokesman Surya Prasad Sharma said that the results of the vote counting from Kanda and Masta rural municipalities in Bajhang, the Pandavgupha rural municipality in Bajura, the Chichila and Silichiong rural municipalities in Sankhuwasabha, and the Likhupike rural municipality in Solukhumbu have been declared and received by the commission.

Vote counting in all 335 local levels under the second phase local election held on June 28 is underway except in one local level each in Taplejung, Solukhumbu, Gulmi, Dang, Kailali and Bajhang districts and two local levels in Achham district, the Election Commission (EC) has stated.

It is said the counting of votes has been delayed in these local levels as ballot boxes from one polling centre is yet to reach the vote counting centre in Taplejung while the process for reaching political agreement for counting was underway in the rest of the districts.

The Election Commisison also stated that voting is taking place in a peaceful manner since 8 am today at Kotahimahi rural municipality -1 and at the Pandu Secondary School polling centre at Jayaprithvi Municipality-3 in Bajhang district, where the voting was suspended on June 28. RSS