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Nepal Decides – Constitutional Assembly Election 2008

People lining up for voting at one of the polling station in Kathmandu

People lining up for voting at one of the polling station in Kathmandu

Amid all the rumors, speculations and street talking, the Constitutional Assembly Election in Nepal has finally taken off. Today our country has started the voting process to decide the future of Nepal and the future of the people who will be ruling the country.

Former US President Jimmy Carter, in the course of observing a polling center in a Patan constituency no. 3, termed today’s election as a “ground-breaking event“.


One of the polling stations

Security personnel on gurard

Security personnel standing on guard

People queing up for voting

People queing up for voting

Update: (12:15 p.m.) – News of booth capture has been in circulation in more than 6 different polling staions outside the Kathmandu valley. These include Chitwan…..

Update (1:30 p.m.) – Election commission has confirmed the capture of 6 – 7 polling booths around the country. Election Commission (EC) officials said that voting has been postponed in Sajhapur centre and Janaki Secondary School centre at Meghauli of Chitwan district, Sugabhawanipatti centre in Saptari-3; Balara centre in Sarlahi-3, Tetnahapatti High School centre in Siraha-2 and Banauli Danauli centre of Mahottari district have been cancelled. EC officials said that polling may resume in some of these centres after negotiation with the political parties.

Polling has also been cancelled at Balkot centre in Arghakhanchi district after the Maoists reportedly tried to capture booth.

Update (6:15 p.m.) Constituent Assembly has formally concluded at 5:00 pm evening with very encouraging turnout of voters, reports Election Commission. The turnout of the voters is estimated to he around 60% reports the Election Commission.

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