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Nepal polls 2017: Voting begins for final phase of parliamentary, provincial council elections


Nepal polls 2017: Voting begins for final phase of parliamentary, provincial council elections

Kathmandu (Nepal), Dec 07 (ANI): Polling began in Nepal on Thursday to elect a new parliament and also the provincial councils for the first time after the promulgation of the constitution in 2015. A total of 45 districts will see polling in the final round of polls, and voters, numbering 12, 235,993 in these districts, will elect 128 representatives for the federal parliament and 256 for the provincial councils.

A total of 4,482 candidates are vying for the seats on the basis of First Past the Post (FPTP) electoral system with only 400 women candidates in the fray. The Election Commission, Nepal, has allocated 7,752 polling centres with 15,344 polling booths for the voters to exercise their franchise across the areas where the election is commencing.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, on Wednesday, called on Nepali citizens to exercise their right to vote in the biggest festival of the democracy.

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