November 27, 2017 02:30 AM NPT
By: Janak KC
JAJARKOT, Nov 27: Seventy-seven-year-old Tulache Tamata of Junichande Rural Municipality-4 finally exercised his voting right on Sunday in the first parliamentary and provincial elections held in the new federal setup. While returning from the polling center in Jajarkot district after casting his ballot, he was asked, “Did you cast your vote father?”
He answered "Yes,” adding, “I did and I hope my vote won't be used for exploiting my own nation."
According to him, he was never satisfied with the works of the former representatives and leaders despite taking part in several elections. Tamata, who has been taking part in the elections since the last 50 years, said, "Candidates do everything possible to impress us before elections but they hardly deliver their promises once they get elected.”
He further informed that people are tired of waiting for change and development and have had enough of the tall promises of the candidates.
Similarly, Naini Nepali, 74, of the same village who also participated in the elections is equally worried that her vote might be misused by the selfish politicians. "Leaders did nothing other than enjoying their power when the people were crying," she said, adding, "I am not voting for a particular person this time but for all Nepali citizens."
Not just Tamata and Nepali but the response of all voters coming out of the polling station were more or less the same. According to them, if the candidates won't live up to the expectations of the voters this time, people won't be able to trust them again.
A lot of them expect that this election will end corruption, irregularities and other misconducts prevalent in the society, considered as the major factors behind the backwardness of the country. As informed by civil society leader Rajendra Bikram Shah, most of the candidates this time vowed to provide job opportunities to a large number of youths and social security allowances for the disabled and senior citizens.
Rajiv Bikram Shah, candidate of Nepali Congress (NC) for the parliamentary elections, stated that he will fulfill all the promises that he made to the locals during his campaign.
"I understand that locals are battling with various problems and it's our responsibility to solve them," he said.
Similarly, CPN (Maoist Center)'s Shakti Bahadur Basnet, who has been fielded by the left alliance in the parliamentary elections, is determined to use the prospects and potential of Jajarkot for the welfare of the people of the district.
There are altogether 83,936 voters in the district but not all of them could participate in Sunday's elections as many of them are in India and Gulf countries in course of foreign employment.