Following the promulgation of the constitution in 2072 BS, the country is currently holding its second round of general elections for the House of Representatives and the Province Assembly.
The Election Commission (EC) has urged everyone to exercise their right to vote without being coerced, terrified, or intimidated, claiming that all administrative tasks associated with the election have been finished and security measures are in place to ensure the elections are free, fair, and credible.
It stated that a total of 246,960 employees and roughly 300,000 security personnel had arrived at their respective duty locations with election materials for the twin poll.
Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, the chief election commissioner, urged voters to do so with confidence.
General elections of 2022
The EC has instructed all election workers, security personnel, observers, monitoring team members, and anyone else to alert the appropriate authorities of any activity endangering the election process. The EC has also requested that the appropriate authorities take steps to stop such activity from occurring and to prosecute those responsibly.
According to reports, three layers of security have been put in place, and there is a “reserve force” ready to respond to any suspicious activity at the site within 30 minutes.
The Commission reports that there are 17,988,570 registered voters in total, with 22,227 voting locations spread across 10,892 polling places.
Similar to this, 141 temporary polling places have been set up, allowing 450,000 temporary voters to cast their ballots at the location that is closest to them.
According to the closed list submitted to the Commission, 2,412 candidates are running for the House of Representatives under the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) system, while 2,199 candidates are running under the Proportional Representation (PR) system.
In the Province Assembly, 3,224 candidates are running under the FPTP system and 3,708 under the PR system.
For the two elections, a total of 80,567,500 ballots have been printed and delivered to the designated polling places.
7,219 domestic and foreign observers in all have been tasked with monitoring the elections.
About 7,500 persons have received observers’ ID cards from the EC.
A team from the organization responsible for overseeing elections, including the chief election commissioners of the neighboring countries of India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, as well as election commissioners from Sri Lanka and South Korea, is scheduled to observe the voting at the EC’s invitation.
Representatives from 18 diplomatic missions in Nepal will also participate in the observation.