Under a tight security, voting has started peacefully as Nepal held the first phase of provincial and parliamentary polls in 32 mountainous and high hilly districts in a tight security arrangement.
Following a series of bomb blast, the government mobilizes almost 200.000 army, armed police, Nepal Police and temporary police to hold the free and fair elections with the close coordination with Elections Commission.
Altogether ballots will be cast for 37 parliamentary FPTP constituencies and 74 provincial FPTP constituencies. At least 282 candidates are contesting for the feral parliament seats and there are 420 candidates who have also filed their nominations for the provincial constituencies, the EC informed.
The 32 districts that go to polls today include Solukhumbu, Sankhuwasabha, Bhojpur, Okha ldhunga, Taplejung, Panchthar, Khotang, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dhading, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Mustang, Myagdi, Baglung, Manang, Lamjung, Gorkha, Rukum East, Rukum West, Rolpa, Jajarkot, Humla, Mugu, Jumla, Kalikot, Dolpa, Darchula, Bajhang, Bajura and Baitadi.
According to the Election Commission, voters are standing in the queues at their polling stations since early morning to cast their ballots. Security has also been tightened after a minor clash among the voters was reported in some polling stations.
According to a media report, Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav urged all voters to enthusiastically participate in the first phase of provincial and parliamentary polls and cast their votes without fear.
Addressing a press conference on the eve of elections, CEC Yadav said the EC had completed all poll preparations. The first phase of provincial and parliamentary polls will be held in 32 districts tomorrow. Altogether ballots will be cast for 37 parliamentary FPTP constituencies and 74 provincial FPTP constituencies. Voters will also cast their votes under the PR system.
Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar has cast her vote in Rolpa Municipality-7 of Rolpa district on Sunday morning. Meanwhile, the Speaker exercised her franchise from Bal Uday Secondary School, Madicharu polling station in Rolpa.
The voting in the districts is proceeding peacefully as a tight security has been managed, said security personnel.
The EC has said that voters who did not have voter identity cards or who had lost their voter ID cards, could use any photo identity card issued by government offices such as driving licence, citizenship certificates, passports, land ownership certificates or voter ID cards issued in the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections, to cast their votes. All voters who have entered the polling centres between 7:00am and 5:00pm would be able cast votes, it added.