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Vote counting, day II

00.40 am Dang-4: Buddhiram Bhandari of Nepali Congress claims victory with 14496 votes. Dhankuta-1: Tikaram Chemjong of UML wins with 10953 votes. #NepalVotes Anurag Acharya reports from Morang-6 that vote counting has been obstructed after MJF-L candidate Bhakti Majhi led his cadres into protests. Until then, Majhi had accumulated 5,881 votes whereas the NC’s Mahesh […]

And the vote counting continues

00:22am Of the 132 constituencies where vote counting is going on, the NC lead in at least 60 constituencies. UML are second with 45, while UCPN(M) are ahead in 16, MJF-L follow with 5, and RPP lead in 3. Vote counting in Sankhuwasabha and Taplejung has not begun because ballot boxes have not been brought […]

The next step

Nepalis were disillusioned with the candidates on offer, not with democracy. That is the main take-home for the political parties. — It was an election that had to happen and it did. No one said it was going to be perfect, no one expected it to be completely free of violence and intimidation, but it […]

Nepal voting

4:30 pm With half an hour before polling booths all across the country shut down, voting in Sunsari-3 consisting of Tanmuna, Bhaluwa, Chitaha went on very peacefully with no major incidents. Enthusiastic voters – young and old – turned out in large numbers  in this ‘sensitive’which was under heavy army and police security the whole […]

Shaktikhor 2.0

Leaked audio tape of UCPN (M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal speaking to Maoist cadres in Kirtipur in his Kathmandu-10 constituency before elections, YouTube, 17 November … we are taking part in elections for the same objective, therefore we are still in battle and we must win this war at any cost. I had raised this […]

Nepal’s future in Kathmandu-4

This is not the first time Nepalis are fearful of travelling to their villages and cities by bus. In June 2005, a bomb attack on a passenger bus in Madi, Chitwan district left 38 people dead and 72 injured. Many of the victims were women and children. It was planned and executed by Nanda Kishor […]

Decision at the polling booth

The people are taking their time to decide and giving candidates sleepless nights At midnight today, all campaigning for Nepal’s Constituent Assembly elections will end. In the last three days, we travelled from Mahottari, Dhanusha into remote villages of Sarlahi and Siraha district. Memories of last CA elections that had taken place in politically and […]