Kathmandu, June 29: Counting for the second phase of the Nepal local election 2017 has begun. While voting concluded on Wednesday, a voter turnout of 70.5 per cent was recorded. The voting was conducted in three provinces – 1, 2, 5, and 7 – of Nepal. More than 62,000 candidates are in the fray for 15,038 positions. Three other provinces held elections last month, and another one will vote in September, the Kathmandu Post reported.
A total of 15,038 posts for 334 local units are up for grabs in 35 districts of Nepal in the second phase of Nepal local election 2017. The districts include some parts of Nawalparasi and Rukum, of three provinces. The number of eligible voters in three provinces were 6,432,765. According to reports, Bajura district recorded the highest 80 per cent voter turnout while Bhojpur saw the lowest 61 per cent turnout.
At least 71 per cent voters had turned out in the first phase of local level elections on May 14. The second phase of local polls had been postponed twice and a third phase was later declared in a bid to accommodate dissenting ethnic groups. The local elections are the first in Nepal since 1997 and are being seen as an attempt by the government to restore democracy in the country hit by a decade-long civil war that ended in 2006.
The parties in the race are Nepali Congress, the CPN-UML, the Maoist Kendra, the Rashtriya Prajatantra Party and others.
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