KHOTANG, Nov 27: For the past few days, Ambar Bahadur Rai of Rupakot Majhuwagadhi Municipality-3 was busy harvesting millet as the harvesting season has just arrived. What else can be more important for a farmer than his crops? But still Rai put all his important works aside to take part in the parliamentary and provincial assembly elections held on Sunday.
On Sunday, Ambar Bahadur came to the polling station based in Chyasmitar Secondary School and cast his vote for the candidates of his choice. He stated that the election is far more important than his household works. "How can we miss the opportunity to choose the right leader who is capable of shouldering our responsibility?" he questioned. As soon as he exercised his voting right, he returned home to complete his remaining works.
Similarly, Durga Prasad Rai of the same village also rushed to the polling station to cast his ballot. After dropping his vote, he took a long breath and met with some of his friends and relatives and returned to his work again.
Not just these two persons but most of the voters in the rural parts of the district prioritized elections over their works this time. Despite their busy schedule, they still managed time for the elections. There were some elderly voters who had never visited their ward offices for years. Surprisingly, even such voters reached the polling stations to cast their votes. As informed by District Election Officer Dinesh Khatri, the participation of voters is very satisfactory. "Though the participation of voters was not as high as the local elections, still it is not disappointing," he said.
After the completion of all the elections, locals are hopeful that their life won't be as miserable as in the past.