Nepal Local Government Poll: Vote counting underway
May 15, Kathmandu: The vote counting is currently underway in the Nepal where, a large percentage of the population on Sunday, had voted for representatives in municipal and village councils for the first time in two 20 years.
According to the Election Commission the vote counting in many places had begun last night. The Election Commission head Ayodhi Prasad Yadav said at a press conference yesterday had stated that the counting would start tonight or Monday morning.
Meanwhile, the results in many areas where the counting had begun last night are nearing completion, but Yadav has not yet announced when the final results would be available.
Over 50,000 candidates are vying for the position of mayor, deputy mayor, ward chairman and ward member in 283 local municipalities, as the Himalayan nation celebrates a landmark moment in it's transition to democracy.
The vote has been split into two phases because of unrest in the southern plains bordering India, where the minority Madhesi ethnic group is refusing to participate until an amendment to the constitution is passed and the remaining four provinces, considered potential flashpoints for election-related violence, will vote in the second phase due to be held on June 14.
The Oslo Times International News Network