Kathmandu, Nepal: Historic local level elections have begun after about 20 years long wait in 34 districts from Province 3, 4 and 6 from 7.00 am on Sunday.
34 districts from Province 3, 4 and 6 have 283 local bodies, including four metropolitan cities, one sub-metropolitan city, 92 municipalities and 186 rural municipalities.
A total of 4,956,925 voters of the 34 districts from Province 3, 4 and 6 will cast their votes from 6,642 polling stations in the first phase of elections today out of 14,054,482 voters across the country.
Second phase of elections will be held in 41 districts of province number 1, 2, 5 and 7 on June 14.
The Election Commission (EC) has said that it has already completed necessary preparations not only to accomplish the first phase of elections but also to hold the second phase of local level elections.
The people in general seems elated for being able to cast votes to chose their own representatives to run the local units. The people are lining up in their respective polling stations to cast their votes with much more enthusiasm.
The local level elections deserve the historic value as it is not only going to happen after 20 years long gap but also the representatives are being picked up under the federal set up.
The country has to hold three tiers of elections by January 2018 to institutionalize the federal set up adopted after the popular movement in 2006.