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Why Vote?



Seven kilometres away from Kathmandu, Damaigaun is untouched by election fever. There have been no election campaigns and people here are quite unaware about the elections and the constituent assembly. Locals wonder if the reason is because politicians are too scared of losing.

"If this place was a city there would be hordes of election campaigners but here no one is interested," says local Narayan Bohara. "Neither the government nor the candidates have made an effort to educate us about the elections."

"We cannot vote if there is no one campaigning. I am not even sure whether I will vote or not," adds Mohal Bhusal.

It is surprising that a village so close to the capital is so unaffected by the elections. Pramila Singh (NC), Rajendra Shrestha (UML) and Hisila Yami (CPN-M) are contesting for elections in Kathmandu-7, the constituency in which Damaigaun is situated. "They just aren't campaigning here," the locals refrain.



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