Published On: October 25, 2022 02:40 PM NPT By: Republica | @RepublicaNepal
KATHMANDU, Oct 25: The Election Commission (EC) has determined four different types of ballot papers for the upcoming House of Representatives (HoR) and Province Assembly (PA) elections. The election will be held throughout the country on November 20 in a single phase.
The voters will be given four separate ballot papers which are relatively smaller in size. The ballot paper for the first-past-the-post (FPTP) election system will have the election symbols only of those who have fielded their candidacies.
The ballot paper for the FPTP election for the HoR is in white background with the election symbols printed in red ink while the one for the proportional category is in white background with the election symbols printed in black ink.
Likewise, the ballot paper for the FPTP category for the Province Assembly (PA) election will have white background with red election symbols while the one for the proportional category will have a white background with black election symbols.
The voter would be first handed the ballot paper for the FPTP category of the HoR. Once the voter has cast this ballot in the ballot box marked as '1', then the voter will be given the ballot paper designed for the proportional category under the HoR election. The voter marks this ballot paper and drops it in the ballot box marked as '2'.
After casting the second ballot, the voter will be handed the ballot paper for the FPTP under the PA election. The voter will mark this ballot paper and drop it in the ballot box marked as '3'. In the last and fourth stage of the voting, the voter will be given the ballot paper for the proportional category of the PA election. The voter will be required to drop this ballot paper in the ballot box marked as '4' after marking the ballot paper.
The voter will have to put a mark beside the election symbol of his/her choice with a stamp having the 'swastika' mark provided at every polling station. The voting will be confidential. The voter will have to show his/her identity card at the polling station. There will be separate lines for female and male voters.
Arrangements have been made wherein pregnant women, sick people, senior citizens, those observing the death rituals of their family members, new mothers, breast feeding women, people with disabilities and other (gender and sexual minorities) voters will be able to vote on a priority basis without having to stay in queue.
In case of voters unable to mark the ballot paper for reasons of sight impairment or physical handicap or for any other reasons, they can take a member of their own family along with them to the confidential polling booth with the permission of the polling officer and if this is not possible, they can seek the assistance of the polling officer, the Election Commission stated.
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