Vote counting underway in Province 2


By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Sept. 20:
The Election Commission today revised the voter turnout in the third phase of the local level elections held in Province 2 on Monday to 76.80 per cent.
This is the final update, it said.
Monday evening, the EC had initially said that around 73 per cent of the voters had cast their votes in Province 2.
The third and last round of the local polls had taken place in eight districts of the province for 136 local units. 
The turnout in the first phase of the elections was 73.81 per cent while in the second phase, it was 73.38 per cent.
According to EC spokesperson Navaraj Dhakal, 76.4 per cent of the voters cast their votes in Saptari, 77.4 per cent in Siraha, 73.7 per cent in Dhanusha, 73.3 per cent in Mahottari and 76.3 per cent in Sarlahi. 
Similarly, the turnout in Rautahat is 80.4 per cent, Bara 79.4 per cent and Parsa 80.1 per cent.
Meanwhile, the election body said that the counting of votes was underway in 135 out of 136 local units in eight districts of Province 2.
According to the recent update by the Joint Election Operation Centre under the election body, the counting of votes was going on in 135 local levels.
The only local unit where the counting of votes has not started is Rajbiraj Municipality in Saptari due to the death of a ward 15 candidate representing the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal on September 16. The polls there have been scheduled for September 21.
Meanwhile, the EC today asked the government to correct its Monday decision to induct two new state ministers. .
In a press release signed by EC spokesperson Dhakal today, the EC said the Prime Minister’s decision to appoint two new state ministers had suppressed the essence of free, fair and credible elections.
He further argued that the Cabinet expansion was also against the election code of conduct enforced in view of the federal and provincial elections to be held simultaneously on November 26 and December 7.
Earlier, on September 12 as well, the EC had asked the government not to take any decision that would go against the spirit of the election code of conduct. Premier Deuba has expanded his council of ministers twice after the election code of conduct went into force, much to the chagrin of the Election Commission.

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