The election commission has organized a press conference after the successful conduction of the first phase of the local polls.
According to the spokesperson of the commission, more than 71 percent votes were casted in all polling stations of 34 districts under the three provinces.
As per the commission, the first phase of the election concluded peacefully and voters cast there votes enthusiastically except very few untoward incidents.
The commission said ballot boxes are being brought to the concerned offices of chief election officers and elections officers and counting process would begin soon after ballot boxes are arrived at the concerned counting centers with the consultation of the political parties and time will be fixed accordingly.
As per the commission, voting process three polling centres were postponed at various districts
The commission has also thanked all voters for their active participation, international and national observers, parties, media persons among others for their support in the successful conduction of the first phase of local elections.
115- years old batuli lamichhane cast her vote from Nuwakot.
103-year-old Banjara cast her vote
Four centenarians cast their votes from different polling stations today.
105 – year – old Nanda Bahadur Poudel, cast the first vote at the polling centre located at Chandra Jyoti School of Gorkha Municipality – 10, said Joint Secretary Shiva Ram Neupane, who is part of a monitoring team.
In Gaindakot, 104 – year – old Bhumishwor Sapkota, of Gaidakot Municipality – 8, cast the first vote at the Kalika polling station.
A 103-year-old woman cast her vote at Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolitan City -26.
Anurupa Banjara voted from the polling centre at Bhawani Kalika Secondary School as the first voter.
Similarly, 102-year-old Bamdev Sapkota of Madi rural municipality-4 in Kaski cast vote at voting centre at Dhurab Secondary School.
Likewise, 99-year-old Chandra Kant Bhandari of Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolitan City-17 cast his vote today.
Local poll reaches rights to local level
Nepali Congress senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel has expressed his confidence that the local poll will help implement the constitution.
After casting vote at in Damauli today, leader Poudel said that the poll would help reach the rights to the local level.
Mixed reaction to big size ballot paper
Many voters complained of the large size ballot paper used during the voting today, under the first phase of local-level elections.
The ballot paper for 16 districts including Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur was the longest with 68 different columns. As a result, many voters said it was hard for them to find the election symbol they were looking for and also to fold it into the ballot box, according to the RSS, a national news agengy.
According to Sumati Shakya, who voted at the polling centre in the Bagmati Zonal Transport Office, Ekantakuna Lalitpur said she had to spend a lot of time looking for the election symbol.
Some said they feared that the ink of the swastik stamp put on the ballot paper would blot while the paper was being folded. Sabita Timilsina, who voted from the same polling station, viewed that the fact that inks may spread and the vote invalidated while folding it should be taken into consideration.
She also complained that there was lack of voter's education for the same.
Journalist Babita Basnet, who cast her vote from polling centre at Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, said that although the ballot paper is large in size, it was not so difficult to cast vote.
Similarly, another voter Bal Kumari Silpakar, who voted from Patan Durbar Square polling centre, said that she did not face any problems in casting vote while Amirman Bajracharya complained that it was difficult to find the election symbols.
NC cadre dies in police firing in Dolakha
A cadre of the Nepali Congress died in a police firing opened to tame a clash erupted between the cadres of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML in Melung rural municipality of Dolakha this afternoon.
It is learnt that the security persons were compelled to open firing to tame the rowdy situation occurred at Pabati voting centre of Melung rural municipality.
The one killed in police firing is NC cadre Nukul Bhujel, said assistant Chief
District Officer Yagya Raj Bhatta, adding that some others were also injured in the clash.
Connection by railroad of China brings new era of possibility: Minister Karki
Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki has said once Nepal is connected by railroad of China, a new era of possibility will certainly emerge.
Addressing a thematic session of Connectivity of Development Policies and Strategies under the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing today, Minister Karki said economic development induced by connectivity towards China, also taking account of ecology consideration, would definitely help Nepal find alternative policy choices.
He pointed out the need of exploring the opportunities to enhance connectivity supported by policy coordination for inclusive, sustainable and harmonious development with shared vision ensuring shared prosperity.
PM says more votes will be cast than expected
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said the people were very much excited about participating in the first fully – powered local level elections.
There would be more votes cast all round than what had been an earlier expectation, PM Dahal said.
The PM cast his vote at 7:08 am at the polling centre 'B' within the premises of the Laxmi Secondary School in Bharatpur Metropolitan City – 4.
Responding to a journalist's question, PM Dahal said he cast his vote as per the electoral alliance welded between the Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (Maoist Centre).
CPN (UML) Chair Oli casts vote
CPN (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli has cast his vote from the polling centre at Mahendra Shanti Secondary School in Balkot, Surya Binayak Municipality.
On the occasion, Chairman Oli said that the local-level election taking place after 20 years has paved the way for other two elections.
2,000 vehicles impounded in valley
Traffic police have impounded around 2,000 vehicles for operating in violation of the rule of prohibition of vehicles without permit today, the election day.
The Election Commission had prohibited operation of vehicles from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm except those with permit from EC, ambulance, and vehicles carrying security personnel.
According to Police Inspector of Kathmandu Valley Traffic Police Division, Madhusudan Silwal, a total of 1,834 motorcycles, 76 cars, 28 trucks, eight micro buses and six buses were impounded till 1:00 pm.