No electronic voting: Commission printing 20 million ballot papers for local elections

File image: Sample ballot papers for 2017 local elections
File image: Sample ballot papers for 2017 local elections

Kathmandu, March 1

The Election Commission of Nepal is preparing to print around 20 million ballot papers for the upcoming local elections scheduled to be held on May 13 this year. It means there will not be electronic voting this time also.

In a press conference here on Monday, the commission’s spokesperson Shaligram Sharma, said an agreement had been reached with the vendor company to procure papers to print the ballot papers. The vendor will supply paper worth Rs 110 million within a month of the agreement date.

The commission is yet to decide on how many types of ballot papers should be printed and estimate the prospective voters based on the details furnished by the political parties active at the local level.

Among the 111 political parties registered with the commission, 80 political parties have applied for party registration to contest in the upcoming elections, informed Sharma.

Political parties aspiring to contest the elections had to apply for registration within February 19 to 27.

The commission has sought over Rs 8.9 billion with the Ministry of Finance to hold the elections in a single phase.

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