Locals of provinces 1, 2, 5 and 7 desperate to cast votes
May 15, 2017 01:30 AM NPT
By: Daman Rai
KHOTANG, May 15: The successful completion of the first phase of local polls in provinces 3, 4 and 6 on Sunday, has made the voters of other provinces desperate to exercise their voting rights.
The government had announced the local level elections in two phases and the second phase is scheduled for June 14. After finding out that the first phase elections took place in peaceful and systematic manner, the locals of provinces 1, 2, 5 and 7 are eagerly waiting to cast their vote and elect eligible candidates in their areas as well.
Thirty-five-year old Ram Chandra Majhi of Lamidanda Rural Municipality-3, Majhigaun of Khotang is counting days to cast his vote. According to him, locals of his village want to participate in the local elections and elect qualified candidates as soon as possible.
“The desire of experiencing change and development is making us desperate to cast our votes,” he said adding, “I wish the election was conducted in the same date in all of the provinces. We wouldn't have had to wait for so long.”
Anjana BK of Khotehang Rural Municipality-6, Khotang Bazaar said, “Series of political developments and disputes had cast doubts on the elections but the success of the first phase of elections has made us hopeful.”
The announcement of the local-level elections almost after two decades had delighted the locals but political instability and disputes among the parties had made the elections uncertain. Fortunately, the first phase of the elections has removed those uncertainties and made everyone hopeful about the success of the second phase. It was the locals who suffered the most in the absence of elected representatives. So, they are desperately waiting to elect candidates who are capable of shouldering their responsibilities.
There are altogether 1, 15,644 voters in two municipalities and eight rural municipalities of Khotang. According to the election office, as many as 136 polling stations and 173 polling centers were set up for the polls in the district.