KATHMANDU, May 15: The Lalitpur Metropolitan City recorded the highest number of voter turnout in the first-phase of local-level election held on Sunday.
There was an enthusiastic participation of voters in all the metropolises in the polls. The four metropolitan cities include Pokhara Lekhnath, Llaitpur, Bharatpur and Kathmandu.
On an average it is found that more than 75 percent of the total registered voters in the metropolises exercised their voting right on Sunday's local election. This percentage is higher than the average voter turnout in the 34 districts of province number 3,4 and 6 where the first-phase local election was held yesterday. The average general voter turnout was 73 percent, as per the Election Commission.
The voter turnout in Lalitpur Metropolitan City was 89 thousand 214 out of the 112 thousand 923 registered voters, which is 79 percent. There are 29 Wards in Lalitpur Metropolitan City with a population of 284 thousand 922. Lalitpur is an ancient city in the Kathmandu Valley and it is rich in art and culture.
Similarly, in Kathmandu Metropolitan City, the voter turnout was around 70 percent. Out of the total 271 thousand 221 eligible voters in the KMC, 190 thousand voters cast their votes on Sunday's local-level election. Kathmandu is the first municipality of the country.
Compared to the rest of the metropolises, the voter turnout in Kathmandu Metropolitan City was less. Kathmandu has 32 wards with total population of 975 thousand 463.
The voter turnout in Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolitan City was 75.74 percent. 124 thousand 614 out of the 168 thousand 67 registered voters of this metropolitan city cast their votes in the election on Sunday. This is the largest metropolitan city in terms of area and has total 33 wards. The population of this municipality is 414 thousand 141.
Likewise, Bharatpur Metropolitan City in Chitwan district recorded 75.02 percent voter turnout in the local-level election on Sunday. The total number of registered voters was 150 thousand 274 and 112 thousand 741 of them voted in the election on Sunday. The total population of this metropolis is 280 thousand 500 and it is divided into 29 wards. RSS