Voters are in line at Manamaiju, Kathmandu-6 (Prashanta Lamichhane/Republica)
KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Voting for the second phase of House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly elections has commenced with excitement in 45 districts.
According to our reporters in the different districts people have already lined up in the polling centers to cast their votes early.
Voters armed with their identity cards started streaming into polling stations from early in the morning as the country started voting at 7 am.
They are seen queuing up with visible eagerness to elect their representatives.Polling officers have been told to manage special arrangements for physically disabled people, senior citizens, pregnant women, nursing mothers and sick people.
Altogether 1,663 candidates are contesting for parliament and 2,819 candidates for the provincial assemblies under the First-Past-The-Post system. Likewise, 5,848 contenders are in the fray for 110 seats in parliament and 220 seats in provincial assemblies under the PR category. More than 12.2 million voters can exercise the ballot in the second phase.
Today's elections will elect 128 member of parliament and 256 members of the provincial assemblies. Apart from these directly elected people's representatives, 110 members of parliament and 220 members of the provincial assemblies will be elected under the Proportional Representation category.
Other than security personnel, more than 155,000 poll officials have been deputed for managing the elections today.