Southern Nepal Votes in Second and Final Round of Elections

Southern Nepal Votes in Second and Final Round of Elections”

The elections will elect 128 Members of Parliament and 256 Members of the Provincial Assemblies.

Voting for the second phase of Nepal Federal Parliament and Provincial Elections 2074 (Nepalese Calendar Year) ended at 5 pm on Thursday. The northern, mountainous region voted on November 26. Vote counting is expected to begin from Thursday evening.

Govinda Paudel, a 62-year-old pensioner who had just voted, hoped the polls would lead toward political stability and economic growth. Now we want them to deliver peace and development.

"Police personnel are committed to ensuring the security of candidates and voters so as to make the elections successful", Nepal Police spokesperson Manoj Neupane said.

Police, army soldiers and temporary police officers are guarding polling stations. Voters are seen walking to the polling centers in their respective localities on Thursday.

Both foreign and local observers were monitoring the polling. "The process has started without any major incidents, this is something which is very important", she said.

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Nepal has been on a long road to democracy since protesters forced the king to give up the monarchy in 2006, which also marked the end of a decade-long civil war.

Years of political turbulence have hampered development in the impoverished Himalayan nation, which is still recovering from a powerful quake that hit more than two years ago, killing 9,000 people and destroying over half a million homes.

The impoverished Himalayan nation's constitution, which established a federal system of government, was not adopted until 2015, held up by bickering among political parties and deadly ethnic clashes. According to the Home Ministry, more than 400 people were detained in days leading up to the vote.

The ethnic Madhesi group protested for months, saying they did not get enough territory in the province assigned to them.

Soon after the constitution was implemented in 2015, protests by ethnic groups in southern Nepal turned violent and left some 50 people dead. They said they deserved more land because they represented a bigger population.

Nepal was prompted by security concerns to seal its southern border with India during the elections.

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