March 31, 2017 11:52 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, March 31: With the upcoming local elections just around the corner, a total of 10,000 ballot boxes purchased from China have arrived at Kerung of Nepal-China border on Friday.
"Ballot boxes have arrived at the border. They will be transported to Kathmandu immediately after customs clearance," said Election Commission's spokesperson Surya Prasad Sharma.
Although the EC had already purchased some 70,000 ballot boxes during previous elections, it decided to purchase additional 30,000 large-sized ballot boxes keeping in view the maximum number of political parties registered with the EC in some districts for the upcoming elections.
The EC requires 67 types of logistics. The EC is bringing some motorcycles from India. Apart from vehicles, India is also providing curtains to be used in polling booths and other logistics.
The EC is also receiving 11 types of logistics from the northern neighbor, China. China is providing neutral pens, markers, thumbtacks, clips, staplers, staples, scissors, glue sticks, calculators, ink pads, punchers and horologes and stamp pads.
The ballot boxes were procured through public procurement procedures. The EC has awarded AIT Pvt Ltd the contract to supply 29,000 ballot boxes from China.
Nepal has been receiving logistics from neighboring countries during elections since a long time.