Amid the reports of increasing volume of invalid votes in the elections, various organisations who observed the polls have suggested revising the model of a ballot paper used in the polls to make it voter-friendly in future elections.
Election symbols without an individual or any political party's contender to run for polls should be removed from the ballot paper, said a joint statement issued by the election observers - National Election Observation Committee (NEOC), General Election Observation Committee (GEOC) and Women's Alliance for Peace, Justice and Democracy (Sankalpa).
Election results would be out in a week: CEC Yadav
Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has said that the results of the first-phase local level elections would be declared within a week.
CEC Yadav said this while addressing the preliminary assessment of the first-phase local level election today. The assessment was jointly organized by National Election Observation Committee (NEOC), General Election Observation Committee (GEOC) and Women's Alliance for Peace, Justice and Democracy.
Delay in vote counting due to big ballot paper: Chief Election Commissioner
Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav attributed the delay in vote counting to the big ballot paper.
At an interaction programme organized by the Reporters Club Nepal today, Dr Yadav reasoned that the ballot paper measuring 51 centimetres in length and 73 centimetres in breadth consumed longer time for counting as the earlier ones used to be relatively smaller and handy.
Stating that adequate human resources were deployed to expedite the vote counting, he said that the vote counting of 11 places in the Kathmandu Metropolitan City, 10 in Lalitpur Metropolitan City and 6 each in Pokhara and Bhaktapur municipalities were soon to start.
The result could be available within a week, he reaffirmed.
According to him, vote counting of 25 districts out of total 34 was in progress. Many votes were rendered invalid as the voters cast their ballot for many candidates in the same ballot paper.