Kathmandu, May 10
Election Commission officials say they will make efforts to complete vote counting and publishing results of the local elections to be held this Friday within six days, by May 19.
According to the election laws, all local governments elected in the 2017 local elections will complete their first term on May 19. Hence, if the commission publishes fresh results by then, there will not be any vacuum.
“Counting votes from the metropolitan cities and sub-metropolitan cities will be a challenge for us,” an official says, “But, we will plan to do it as quickly as possible. We will mobilise as many as people for that.”
In the 2017 votes, the counting in Kathmandu, the most populated metropolitan city, had gone as long as two weeks whereas the counting in Bharatpur, another metropolis, had taken over a month thanks to a notorious dispute between the CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre.