Local Elections are being conducted in Nepal after 2 long decades. While there was a Nepal election conducted at a local level in February 2006 under the monarchy of King Gyanendra of Nepal, it was boycotted by the major political parties and it saw a very low voter turnout.
This time, the Nepal election will be held in 2 phases on May 14th, 2017 and June 14th, 2017 respectively in 4 Metropolitan Cities, 13 Sub-Metropolitan Cities, 241 Municipalities and 486 Village councils. Every area will have 7 members elected for local administration – One Mayor, one Deputy Mayor, one Ward Chairman and 4 Ward Members.
In the first round of the Election on May 14th, around 50,000 contenders are competing for the position for 13,556 positions from 60 different political parties. The polls will be the first since the adoption of a new constitution in September 2015. Some 46,000 civil, 75,000 security forces are being deployed at the polling stations in order to ensure safe and effective voting.
Before the Nepal Election
The Election Commission of Nepal restricted promotions for the elections in forms of media — even social media websites like Facebook and Twitter — two days prior to the Nepal election. Since a few days back, reports of violence and protests have been reported in various parts of Nepal. In Dolakha, the son of a candidate from UML was killed in a clash between the supporters of the two parties. The Maoist party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) called for a nationwide strike just the day before the Nepal election. Bombs have also been found in various parts of Nepal. A bomb was successfully detonated in Damauli while there was an explosion in Pokhara. Bombs were also seen in numerous places in Chitwan district too. Security personnel and detonators worked tirelessly and made sure no-one was harmed in these bomb blasts.
Local Level Elections mean that the appointment of local leaders is at the hands of the people. Anything like this has not happened in the past 20 years. Many voters said that they were really looking forward to this election as they will be getting leaders who they know well, and the leaders who will be back to their neighborhood after the appointment. People have hopes of minimizing severe issues like poverty, unemployment, and pollution, and the appointment of leaders who are committed to serving back to their community might actually turn these dreams of the citizen to reality.
The first round of the local elections is expected to go smoothly today. Only 4 hours remain for the Nepal election to start on a national level.