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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2767

Nepal conducts CA by-election at six constituencies, results by Saturday

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Kathmandu, 11 April, (Asiantribune.com): – Constituent Assembly (CA) by-elections held to fill six vacant seats in the 601-member CA in Nepal ended peacefully on Friday.

Officials at Election Commission said voting remained largely peaceful in all six constituencies and that the counting process would begin after all the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) are brought to the concerned district headquarters.

Polling stations opened at 8 am (0345 GMT) in five districts in western and eastern Nepal and were opened for nine hours. The results of the elections are likely by Saturday.

Reports said that over 50 percent voters cast their votes in the by-election.

The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) had stood as the largest party, while Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Madhesi People’s Rights Forum, a regional party, had stood as the second, third and the fourth largest party, respectively, in the historic CA election held in April 10 last year.

The seats fell vacant after politicians who contested and won two constituencies in last year's elections were asked to give up one of their seats. A constituency in Dhanusha district in eastern Nepal fell vacant after Ram Baran Yadav vacated his seat after he was elected as the first of President of fthe youngest republic in the world.

The CA by-elections on Friday were conducted at six vacant constituencies: Morang – 5 and 7, Dhanusha – 5, Kaski – 1, Rolpa – 2 and Kanchanpur – 4. The government announced public holiday in these districts on Friday.

The government had arranged tight security to hold the poll in free and fair manner. International borders with India were also sealed to prevent cross-border crime during voting.

- Asian Tribune -

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