Local Level Election 2022: Voting completed

  May 13, 2022 By: INSEC

According to Saraswati Baniya, INSEC Okhaldhunga representative, voting has been obstructed after nine rounds of air firing by police in Champadevi Rural Municipality-9, Mishrabhanjyang. Sukhdev Khanal, DSP of district police office informed that the police air fired in order to take the situation into control following the clash between the cadres of Nepali congress and CPN UML. A dispute occurred between the cadres of congress and UML at 9 am in the morning in relation to line arrangement at Jiwan Jyoti Elementary School. DSP Sukhdev Khanal notified INSEC representative that police launched air fire after failing to convince the people after they started climbing the booth bar following the aggravation of dispute. Polling has been resumed after all-party meeting. Polling is being conducted peacefully in other local levels of the district.

According to Ishwor Thapa, INSEC Dhankuta representative, polling has been postponed in the polling centre of Thakurdevi Secondary School and office of ward number 6 at Sahid Bhumi Rural Municipality-6 after the dispute arose between the representatives of loktantrik alliance and CPN UML.  Ganesh AD, polling officer of centre-ka informed that due to the dispute in relation to the process of voting between two parties, the polling has been postponed for a time being. Before postponing of the polling, 20% of the voters had cast their votes in all three centres.

It has been informed that the dispute arose after Hemkumar Rai, UML ward chairperson candidate scuffled Ram Prasad Rai and Ganesh Rai from party alliance. Despite conforming that only one person with disabilities will be casting the vote however, dispute arose after one person cast vote on behalf of four people with disabilities. Jaya Ram Shrestha, district election officer, also stated that the dispute broke out while casting votes for the people with disabilities. Chiranjivi Dahal, DSP of Dhankuta informed that the discussion is ongoing to resolve the dispute and polling will be resumed shortly.

According to Binod Sukhdev, INSEC Morang representative, polling is going on peacefully in 300 polling stations and 800 polling centre of the district.  DSP Deepak Shrestha informed that polling is being conducted peacefully in the district. No issues are spotted in Morang till 2pm. Polling started at 8:30 am in Mahendra Secondary School centre at Letang due to the dispute regarding voters’ list. Even though the polling is going on peacefully in the district, management of some polling centres are found to be weak. Due to the space constraints on Birat Mahendra Ratri Secondary School of Biratnagar Sanihat, the centre was over crowded. There are four centres in the said polling centre. Similar situation was seen in Science and Technology Campus, Purbanchal University’s polling centre. Since people had to walk from five kilometers away to reach to Purbanchal University’s centre, people were facing difficulties. Biratnagar ward number 3 only had one polling centre at Purbanchal University (PUFOST) and hence the management of the centre was weak. Lewan Kashyap, chief of province election office, Biratnagar informed that PUFOST centre had 11 polling booth and there were total of 11,032 voters in the centre.

According to INSEC Kavre Representative Hiraman Tamang, the postponed polling process of four polling stations in the district could not be resumed till 3.30 pm. The voting process was postponed after the police fired a few rounds in the air to control the clash between the voters at the Bhumeshwor Higher Secondary School polling station in Temal Rural Municipality-7.

Similarly, the polling has not been held yet due to a dispute between the CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist Centre over the voting of the disabled at the Kusheshwor Higher Secondary School in Temal Rural Municipality-9. The voting process has been postponed after the empty ballot boxes kept in the reserve were vandalized due to a dispute at Prabha Higher Secondary School in Chaurideurali Rural Municipality-6.

Polling at the Sita Higher Secondary School polling station in Panchkhal Municipality-13 has been postponed due to a dispute between the UML and the alliance parties. DSP Hari Khatiwada of the District Police Office has informed that the election process will be taken forward by holding an all-party meeting in all these polling stations.

According to Humla’s observer Belumaya Mahatara, 10 people were injured in the clash between the UML and the alliance at the polling station of Malika Higher Secondary School in Kharpunath Rural Municipality-1 of Humla. In Kharpunath municipality, an alliance has been formed between UML and Unified Socialists and between Congress and CPN-Maoist. Before the clash, 460 votes have been cast and 400 votes are yet to be cast.

According to INSEC Karnali Province Office, Surkhet, the weather in Birendranagar, Surkhet has become worse due to wind and rainfall at 2:00 pm. Ballot boxes are being kept safely at the polling stations.

According to INSEC, Bara representative Bhola Poudel, polling has been postponed on the charge of capturing Bargachi polling station in Pacharauta Municipality. According to Bijay Yadav, polling officer of Pacharauta Municipality-2, Bargachhi polling station was captured by 45-year-old Jalandhar Singh, a candidate for the post of mayor of the CPN-UML. He has alleged that people from Jalandhar Singh group came and asked them to sign the ballot papers and dropped 415 ballot papers in the ballot box. He said that the polling officer of the municipality Nir Bahadur Dhakal was informed after the polling station being captured. He said that he had informed CDO Krishna Bahadur Katuwal about the incident. Polling Officer of Pacharauta Municipality Nir Bahadur Dhakal said that he had informed the people at the higher level about the occupation of the booth and demanded action against the violators. CDO Krishna Bahadur Katuwal said that coordination was being maintained between the Chief Election Officer and the Election Commission after monitoring the polling booths.

According to INSEC Kavre Representative Hiraman Tamang, a clash took place at Bhumeshwor Higher Secondary School’s polling station in Temal Rural Municipality Ward No. 7. DSP Hari Khatiwada of District Police Office Kavre informed that the police fired a few rounds in the air to control the situation. At the same time, polling has been stopped at the polling station from 2.00 pm. Representatives of different parties have clashed over the issue of voting for the desired person.

According to Baitadi Representative Naridatta Badu, Kamal Singh Bista, 68, of Patan Municipality-6, Tundegair died while he was going to the polling station to vote. Bista fell unconscious as soon as he reached the Patan polling station and was declared dead at the Patan Primary Health Centre. According to Basanta Bista, a relative of Kamal Singh Bista, he was taken to the polling station on a stretcher and died without being able to cast his vote.

Similarly, Harisingh Bhat, 84, of Kafalta, Dogadakedar-3 died while returning from the polling station at Sanatan Dharma Higher Secondary School, Shrikot. A spokesperson of the District Police Office, Inspector Lokraj Joshi, said that Bhat died while returning back from the polling station. According to Joshi, Bhat died on the way to the health post after he fainted in the polling station. Mohan Ram BK, 30, who went to the polling station at Basudev Secondary School, Liskita in Surnaya Rural Municipality-2, was beaten in a clash. Prakash Luhar, an executive member of Surnaya Rural Municipality said that the bone of his right leg was broken due to the beating. He claimed that Mohan was beaten at the polling station by UML and RPP cadres. Mohan BK is accused of kicking himself while going to the polling station.

According to Humla representative Nanda Singh, polling officer Krishna Prasad Acharya, office assistant Kala Rokaya and voter Leela Shahi were injured in the clash between the cadres of the alliance and independent candidate. According to Humla Chief Election Officer Jagat Bahadur Poudel, the injured have been airlifted to Nepal for further treatment. Similarly, the Nepal Army has fired in the air during a clash over the issue of heir at Adanchuli Rural Municipality-4. Voting is currently postponed. Similarly, polling has been postponed due to a clash between UML and alliance cadres at Simkot-2 Ramdev Higher Secondary School polling station.

Tents being set up at the polling station in Balkhu to protect the voters from the sun and rainfall. Photo: Aarya Adhikari / Kathmandu
Tents being set up at the polling station in Balkhu to protect the voters from the sun and rainfall. Photo: Aarya Adhikari / Kathmandu

According to Rukum East Representative Manisha KC, polling could not be held on time at Pelpa polling station of Puthauttarganga Rural Municipality-2. No polling was conducted after the clash between Nepali Congress, CPN-UML alliance and CPN-Maoist cadres on May 12. At present, the leaders of the alliance and the CPN-Maoist have signed a letter of intent to start voting. Voting has not started yet. Voting started at 7 am in other polling stations of the district. Voting is taking place peacefully at all other three local levels.

According to Rolpa Representative Tilak Gharti Magar, polling has started at 7 am in 173 polling stations of all 10 local levels of the district. Voting is taking place peacefully. So far no unpleasant incident has taken place.

According to Gulmi Representative Toplal Aryal, polling has started at 7.30 am due to late arrival of representatives of political parties at the polling station of Ishma Rural Municipality-5 Anandapur Higher Secondary School. Elsewhere, it started at 7 o’clock in the morning. Voting could not be held on time due to a dispute between the coalition and CPN-UML cadres at the of Ishma Rural Municipality -1 Himalayan polling station on May 13. Voting is taking place peacefully in the district.

In Banke, voting has been going on peacefully since 7 am. Inside the main road area of the market, unlicensed motorbikes and candidate vehicles are used to transport voters to the polling stations.

According to Arghakhanchi Representative Kul Bahadur KC, polling started at 7:20 am due to late arrival of representatives of political parties at Sandhikharka Municipality-1 Balmandir polling station. Voting started on time in other polling stations in the district. Voting is taking place peacefully in all polling stations.

According to Bardiya Representative Man Bahadur Chaudhary, voting is going on peacefully in the district at the stipulated time. No unfortunate incident has taken place in the district.

According to Kapilvastu Representative Parvati Acharya, voting has been going on peacefully in the district since 7 am. Voting has started on time even though the tents set up at the polling stations were destroyed due to rain and wind in the morning.

According to Dang Representative Jayanarayan Pun, polling started at 7 am in all the polling stations in the district. There is no dispute anywhere.

According to Nawalparasi West Representative Narayan Parajuli, voting has started peacefully in all the polling stations of the district from 7 am.

According to INSEC Pyuthan Representative Rabindra Pandey, a suspicious object has been found on the side of the road near Janata Secondary School of Bagdula and Budhadevi Maranthana polling stations in Pyuthan Municipality-10. The suspicious object was found in two places inside a pressure cooker and a box. According to the District Police Office, a Nepal Army team reached the spot and defused the pressure cooker bomb.

According to Palpa representative Yagya Murti Timilsina, polling has started in all the polling stations of the district at 7 am on May 13. Chief Election Officer Khadka Bahadur KC said that the polling was going on peacefully in the district. Palpa district, which has two municipalities and eight rural municipalities, has a total of 199,690 voters. There are 118 polling stations and 247 polling booths in Palpa district. At the polling stations, people with disabilities, senior citizens, pregnant women, etc. have been casting their votes without having to wait in line.

According to Rupendehi representative Rima BC, polling has started at 7 am in all the polling stations in the district. Volunteers have been taking the senior citizens and people with disabilities to the polling stations. In Tilotta municipality, it has been found that activists of political parties have been transporting voters on motorcycles without permission. There was a problem in voting due to muddy area in Siddharthnagar Municipality-3 Khajana Lower Secondary’s Polling Station. A dispute erupted shortly after the CPN-UML cadres protested when the cadres of the alliance took the voters to the hotel to have lunch at the Bhairahawa Higher Secondary School polling station in Siddharthnagar Municipality.

According to Mahottari representative Ajay Kumar Sah, a round of bullets was fired at the polling station in Balwa Municipality-5 during a dispute at a polling station. The clash broke out after the voter’s name list carried by the candidate of the People’s Socialist Party, Dharmendra Yadav for verification was torn. According to DSP Prakash Bista of the District Police Office, Mahottari, the security personnel fired one round in the air to disperse the crowd.

According to Ramechhap Representative Nabaraj Ghimire, in some of the polling stations in the district, the voting process is postponed and police were compelled to fire in the air to control the situation. Police have fired a few rounds in the air after the Nepali Congress cadres attacked the voters waiting in line at the Sikral polling station in Manthu Municipality-12. Voting has been postponed at the polling station at 10 am. Similarly, the voting process has been postponed from 10 am due to a dispute over police charging baton on voters queuing at Puranagaun polling station of Manthali Municipality-9. Police have fired one round in the air during a clash at Manavur polling station in Sunapati Rural Municipality-2. Voting was postponed since 10 o’clock.

Police have fired seven rounds in the air to control the situation during a clash between Congress and Maoists at the Rakathum polling station in Khandadevi Rural Municipality-1. Voting has been postponed at the polling station from 10 am. Polling has been postponed since 11 am due to a dispute between the polling station agents of Dorambha Rural Municipality -3 and Kantheshwor Higher Secondary School.

According to Dolakha Representative Uddhav Pokhrel, the police fired one round in the air during a dispute between the voters at the polling station at Baiteshwor Rural Municipality-1 Ward Office. The dispute between the voters took place at around 9 in the morning and then the voting process was disrupted.

According to Kajal Tamang INSEC’s Observer from Kavre, the voting process has been disrupted after the ballot boxes were vandalized at the polling station at Prabha Secondary School in Katike Deurali of Chaurideurali Rural Municipality-6 at around 10 o’clock. According to SP Chakra Raj Joshi of the District Police Office, the voting process was disrupted after a group started vandalizing the ballot boxes in the building adjacent to the polling station.

Voters with disabilities going to the polling station at Kedarshila Secondary School in Dasharathchanda Municipality-7 of Baitadi. The polling stations are not disability friendly. Photo: Naridatta Badu / Baitadi
Voters with disabilities going to the polling station at Kedarshila Secondary School in Dasharathchanda Municipality-7 of Baitadi. The polling stations are not disability friendly. Photo: Naridatta Badu / Baitadi

According to Parsa Representative KC Lamichhane, the police charged batons at the booth at Bhojpuri Pratishthan Bhawan at Birgunj Metropolitan City-8 after some UML and Nepali Congress cadres protested against the some cadres of People’s Socialist Party by carrying umbrellas.

According to Sarlahi Representative Budhan Sah, a dispute has arose at Bhediyahi Basic School in Malangwa Municipality-1 at 9.25 am after a 38-year-old husband snatched the ballot paper from his wife Sushiladevi Mandal, 34, and voted on her behalf. After receiving the ballot papers, both the husband and wife went to the polling booth to cast their votes. According to Nepali Congress (NC) cadre Nabin Chaudhary, there was a dispute between People’s Socialist Party and Nepali Congress cadres saying that the husband had cast his wife’s vote through the collusion of the polling officer Gauri Shankar Kumar Singh. According to polling officer Gauri Shankar Kumar, the husband cast vote from the wife’s side because his wife was pregnant.

According to Saptari Representative Manohar Kumar Pokhrel, it has been found that people are casting their votes by showing ballot papers to the candidates in the polling station ‘B’ of the polling station at Public Bindeshwari Secondary School in Rajbiraj Municipality-5. The candidates for the post of ward chairperson of the Democratic Socialist Party were found seeing and teaching the voter from inside the booth. A woman was seen coming out of the polling station carrying ballot papers without dropping it in the box. There are 1,790 voters including 858 women and 932 men in the polling station of the school.

According to Bholanath Paudel, INSEC Bara representative, a clash has broken out between Bikash Hingh, 35, ward chairperson candidate from Nepal Loktantrik Samajwad Party and Satendra Yadav, 42, card chairperson candidate from Nepali congress in Nepal Rastra Secondary School polling centre at Dewatal Rural Municipality-7, Piparpati, Jabdi. Bikash Yadav, 32, Rajib Yadav, 35, Brijkishor Yadav, 60, Rameshwor Kumar Singh, 40, Satendra Yadav, 42, Nepali congress ward chair candidate and Bikash Singh, 35, Nepal Loktantrik Party ward chair candidate were injured in the clash. Injured Bajkishor Yadav informed that the locals and local administration didn’t take care of those who suffered injuries on head and body. He has demanded for the treatment of the injured. Rajiv Yadav, local officer notified that the clash broke out after ward chair of Nepali congress and loktantrik party gave the ballot paper to others and asked them to cast vote after polling started at 7 am in the morning. Due to the dispute that started at 7:30 am, the voting was obstructed till 9:45 am in the morning. CDO Katuwal informed that his team is facilitating to resume the polling.

According to Mina Budathoki, INSEC Salyan representative, voting has been commenced in ten local levels of the district from 7 am in the morning. Separate line has been arranged for women, men and senior citizens along with the people with disabilities. Voters are excitingly lined in the queue to vote.

According to Sujita Dhungana, INSEC Udayapur representative, polling has been started in eight local levels of the district at 7 am in the morning. Two lakhs twenty-three voters are voting in Udayapur out of which, two belong to the community of gender and sexual minorities.’ Separate line has been arranged for women, men and senior citizens along with the people with disabilities. There 258 polling centres in 98 polling stations. Two polling centres are being led by women.

According to Nanda Singh, INSEC Humla representative, voting has been postponed in Dhamchuli Secondary School, Nimkha Rural Municipality-5, Sarkegada. Jagat Bahadur Paudel, Chief election officer informed that the polling has been postponed due to rainfall and will be resumed shortly.

Long queue of voters at Haridil Bhumi Secondary School, Surkhet. There are total of 5,079 voters. Photo: Prashikshit Paudel
Long queue of voters at Haridil Bhumi Secondary School, Surkhet. There are total of 5,079 voters. Photo: Prashikshit Paudel

According to Bhola Nath Paudel, INSEC Bara representative, voting has been obstructed in the Nepal Rastra Secondary School voting centre of Prausaini Rural Muicipality-6. The voting process is obstructed after Medh Raj Nepal, voting officer, cast the vote of a senior citizen by himself. All-party meeting on May 12 had decided that the vote of senior citizens can be cast by their children. However, after polling officer broke the pact, voting process got obstructed from 7:30 am in the morning and the conflict wasn’t resolved till 8:30 am in the morning. Voters are demanding for termination of voting officer. Krishna Katuwal, CDO of Bara informed that he is trying to resolve the conflict.

Election Commission has given permission to INSEC for stationing 2,33 election observers. These observers will be observing election across all 77 districts of the country.

Election Commission has informed that voting for the selection of local level representative for the tenure of five years has started from 7 am in the morning. Total of 35,221 representatives including the representative of 6 Metropolitan, 11 Sub-metropolitan, 276 Municipality and 460 Rural Municipality will be appointed through today’s election. Election Commission has requested everyone to vote freely as the security for election is reliable.


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