Voting Underway For Second Phase of Nepal Federal Parliament & Provincial Elections

Nepal holds final round of parliamentary, provincial assembly elections

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for free, fair and peaceful elections.

A total of 45 districts will see polling in the second round of polls, and voters, numbering 12, 235,993 in these districts, will elect 128 representatives for the federal parliament and 256 for the provincial councils.

The polling that opened as per the Election Commission schedule at Ichangu Sattal polling centre of Kathmandu Constituency-4 is going smoothly, according to election officers and volunteers.

Over 950 people including three Indians have been detained in Nepal for allegedly attempting to disrupt the last phase of the historic provincial and parliamentary polls to be held tomorrow, police said today.

The first round of the election was successfully completed on November 26 in 32 districts.

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Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, on Wednesday, asked citizens to exercise their right to vote in the biggest festival of democracy.

According to Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhyee Prasad Yadav, 400 worldwide observers and 45,000 national observers have been monitoring the elections.

With the polling ending at 5 pm, the procedures to start the vote counting will start afterwards. The Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department have been deployed at the polling booth sites to maintain calm during the elections.

The Nepali Congress, the CPN-UML, the CPN-Maoist Centre and the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal, a key Madhesi party, are the main competitors.

Security has been tightened across Nepal amid volatile situation during polls. The final results of the election are expected to be out by December 25.

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