EC doing its bit to make voters well-informed

Published On: October 4, 2022 06:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: The Election Commission (EC) has published the details of all voters — their serial number, voter number, voting place, polling station, names of father, mother, spouse. The EC published the details of the voters on its website -- 

The EC, however, would send a sealed voter name-lists with photos and contact numbers to the offices of the election officers later. It has published the final voter name-lists on September 16 for the election to the House of Representatives and provincial assemblies scheduled for November 20. The EC has postponed the task of collecting the voter name-lists after announcing the HoR and provincial assembly elections until these elections are held. 

EC Spokesperson Shaligram Sharma Poudel shared that the EC would make efforts not to let anyone be deprived of their voting right just because of minor errors in the voters’ details. As per the details of the voters’ name-lists approved by the EC, there are 17.988 million voters for the upcoming HoR and provincial assembly elections. There were 17.733 million voters in the local-level election held on May 13. 

The EC has determined 10,891 polling centers and 22,226 polling stations under this arrangement. Similarly, the EC would address any question of voters regarding election related curiosity and confusion through toll-free numbers after Dashain. It has set up and brought into operation a press office at Bahadur Bhawan from September 30 to facilitate the media and to disseminate fact and effective information about the elections. 

The EC has forwarded a plan to run a voter education programme by using maximum digital means for the election. The EC has continued election activities during the Dashain festival. According to the set election calendar, under the proportional representation system, the same group can nominate other candidates to the vacant places that would remain because of the withdrawal of candidacies between October 6 and 8 (until 3 pm). And, the political party concerned should submit the name list to the EC. 

Publication of the closed lists of candidates will take place on October 8. Similarly, claims and complaints over qualification of the candidates in the closed list will be registered from October 9 to 15. The EC would look into the claims and complaints and take a decision on October 16. The notice about the removal of the candidates' names from the closed lists would be published on October 25, and the closed list of candidates would be given a final touch on October 26. 

Similarly under the first-past-the-post system, the registration of the nomination of candidates and the publication of the list of the nomination would take place on October 9. The submission of the complaints against the candidates would occur on October 10. And, the EC would take a decision after looking into the nominations and complaints between October 10 and 11.

The name lists of candidates will be published on October 11, and candidacy withdrawal on October 12. Similarly, the publication of the final name list of candidates and the distribution of election symbols will occur the same day. 


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