KATHMANDU, Jan 23: The Election Commission (EC) is conducting National Assembly elections on Thursday to fill 18 seats in the upper house.
According to the EC, altogether 2,056 voters including 550 provincial assembly members and 1,506 local level representatives are eligible to cast votes. A total of 45 candidates from the seven provinces are in the fray.
Provincial Assembly members and chiefs and deputy chiefs of local units will vote in the election, according to the law. They have been asked to visit voting centers set up at high courts of each province and cast their ballots.
The EC has established voting centers at Biratnagar for Province 1, Dhanusha for Province 2, Lalitpur for Bagmati Province, Pokhara for Gandaki Province, Ghorahi for Province 5, Birendranagar for Karnali and Silgadhi of Doti for Sudur Paschim Province.
The polling stations will open at 10 am and close at 4 pm. Due to different voting weight, provincial assembly members and local unit representatives will use separate ballot papers and ink to cast their vote.
The two-year tenure of 19 lawmakers of the 59-member strong upper house is expiring on March 3. One of the vacant seats will be filled by the presidential appointment upon the recommendation from the government. The existing law has a provision of holding election of the upper house members 35 days before the expiry of the tenure of serving members. Six political parties have fielded their candidates in the election.
Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya said that the result of the election will be published on Thursday itself.