Nepal polls: Voter turnout lower than expected

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Nepal has recorded a low voter turnout of 61 per cent for the elections to the House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly held on Sunday.
Hours after the formal closure of polls on Sunday, the Nepal Election Commission in its briefing said that the number of voters executing stood lower than expected. On Monday, as the ballot continued to pour out of the boxes, the results yet again signalled mixed results in the Himalayan nation with new faces taking on the front.
“There has been a stiff rise in candidatures from independent candidates along with the political parties. We can derive various reasons behind it, the political parties who were elected in an earlier election (2017) held after the promulgation of the constitution did not work as per the expectation of the people.
Revolting against it the independents have come forward when it comes to the votes cast, the turnout is lesser in comparison to the earlier general election,” Niraj Raj Joshi, a Nepali journalist, and political commentator told ANI.
In Sunday’s election, Nepali voters who turned out at polling stations stated that they voted in for change and development which only can be achieved through political stability.
First held in 2017 in three phases, the Federal and Provincial Election of Nepal witnessed 68.7 per cent voter turnover.

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