Nepal, which abolished monarchy nearly a decade ago, will conduct the first municipal elections under its nascent democratic setup. The last local body polls were held in 1997, under the regime of King Birendra, before the Maoist insurgency gained momentum across the nation. Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) has scheduled the nation-wide civic elections on May 14, 2017. Voting will be held across the 75 districts of Nepal. A total of 59 municipal bodies, along with 744 Village Development Committees (VDCs) would be contested. The 744 VDCs are constituted by 6,680 wards.
Preparations are in full swing for the elections slated next next month. ECN has procured polling material from eastern neighbour China. The materials provided to the ECN include: punching machines, glue sticks, table watches, scissors, pens, stamp pads, ink, calculators and rubber stamps The total amount charged by China is NPR 144.4 million, informed Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Ayodhee Prasad Yadav.As per the electoral roll released by ECN, the total number of voters eligible for casting their mandate in upcoming elections is 1,40,54,482. Out of the stated amount, 70,69,714 are men, whereas, 69,84,625. The third gender voters amount to 143. Out of the 6,680 wards to be contested for village bodies, several have been reserved for minorities, Dalits and women.
The total number of polling booths assigned by ECN is 10,640, whereas, 18,572 polling centers have been registered. The Commission has also appointed 669 civil servants as Returning Officers (RO), whereas, the Chief Judges of all 75 districts as the Chief Returning Officers (CRO). ECN officials and Election Observers have been instructed to handover all the ballots to the ROs immediately after the polling gets concluded.
The election would be conducted through ballot papers. The counting of votes would be initiated after all the ballots are handed over to ROs after the completion of the polls. The counting process would be initiated subsequently. Results would be declared as soon as the counting concludes.
Nepal Civic Elections 2017: Key things to know
- Polling to be held on May 14 across all the 75 districts of Nepal. The total number of registered voters is 1,40,54,482.
- 59 municipalities, along with 744 village committee bodies would be contested. The total number of wards to be contested is 6,680.
- Counting of votes to be initiated after polling ballots from all voting centres are returned to the ROs. Results would be declared immediately after the counting concludes.
- gECN has registered 10,640 polling locations and 18,572 polling centers for the day of voting. The Commission has also appointed 669 bureacrats as ROs to oversee the election and ensure fair counting of votes.
- The last day of filing nomination for the elections is April 29. The candidature would be examined by ECN on April 30. The official list of candidates contesting in the elections would be declared on May 2. Stay tuned with electionnewsresults.com for all the latest updates.