Nepal holds local elections after hiatus of 20 YRS

CNC
Added On May 15, 2017

Voters in Nepal elected local representatives for the first time in two decades on Sunday. 
 
World News takes you there. 
 
STANDUP (ENGLISH): SHRISTI KAFLE, CNC Correspondent
"We are in one of the polling stations in Kathmandu where people are casting their votes since 7 am this morning. There are over 6,000 polling stations in three provinces where nearly 5 million people are selecting their local representatives. People seem very excited this time as Nepal is hosting local level elections after nearly 20 years."
 
The Election Commission said Sunday's elections were conducted in 34 districts of provinces 3, 4 and 6. 283 local municipalities voted for candidates to seven positions.
 
Sunday's local polls were the first in Nepal since 2006 when the country's decade-long conflict came to an end.
 
The polls were seen as a significant move to end the centralized governing system, establish federal governance and strengthen democracy.
 
Many citizens were visibly excited about the polls on Sunday after the Nepal's various political developments and economic reforms.
 
SOUNDBITE (NEPALI): DIPENDRA BHANDARI, Voter from Kathmandu 
 "The local level election is taking place after 20 years. It is the golden chance to select our own representatives for the overall development. I am very happy to cast my vote."
 
SOUNDBITE (NEPALI): MENUKA KHADKA, Voter from Kathmandu 
"This is an important phase. I wish for the development of my community, my region and the whole country through this election. The youths should step up and lead this time."
 
Phase two of the elections is scheduled to take place on June 14 in the four remaining provinces with over 9 million voters. 

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