Preparations for second phase of local election completed: Nepal's Election Commission

| Updated: Jun 28, 2017 00:49 IST

Kathmandu [Nepal], June 27 (ANI): The Election Commission of Nepal has completed its preparations for second phase local election scheduled to be held on June 28. Nepal's Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Ayodhi Prasad Yadav in a press briefing on Tuesday acknowledged about completion of the preparations of elections and ensured the voters of their safety at the time of polling. "The preparations for the commencement of second phase election are completed, the commission acknowledges this to all the voters, public, political parties and concerned authorities," said Dr. Ayodhi Prasad Yadav, Chief Election Commissioner of Election Commission Nepal. The second phase of local elections which will be held in 3 provinces of Nepal will go on polling from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time in 8364polling stations. Security has been the major subject of concerns for the voters as the area covers the vast trench of volatile southern plains, the Election Commission of Nepal has assured the voters of their security and thus appealed them to cast the ballot. "For elections reliable security arrangements are made so it is requested that all the voters to participate in the polls without feeling of insecurity and cast the valuable vote," Yadav said. About 64000 candidates have filed their candidacy for the election that is being commenced after the gap of about 2 decades. The second phase election will choose 15380 local representatives who will serve for the term of 5 years. The second phase of local election covers the 34 districts of three provinces namely 1, 5 and 7 has 6432765 eligible voters. The election commission has deployed 66900 election officials for the second phase of elections. "In the second phase local elections 6733 observers from 48 organizations will oversee the election and the Commission has deployed observers to oversee the election in all the contesting districts," Yadav informed media about the observers who will be deployed to the polling stations. Nepal held the first phase of three phased local elections on 14th May and the third one is scheduled to be held on 18th of September. The province number 2 with 7 districts will go for the final or the third phase of polls but the political mistrust still threatens the poll as the Madhes based parties has stayed reluctant to their demands of constitution amendment. (ANI)