Nepal Elections: 61 percent voter turnout; counting begins

The voter turnout in the last elections in 2017 was around 70 percent. It was 60 percent and 78 percent in 2008 and 2013 Constituent Assembly elections.

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Kathmandu: The voter turnout in the parliamentary and provincial assembly elections on Sunday remained at 61 percent, according to the Election Commission.

Organizing a press meet, Dinesh Thapaliya, chief election commissioner, said the voter turnout is less than what was expected by the election management body. The election management body is preparing to start vote counting from 9pm tonight.

The elections for the members of the federal parliament and provincial assemblies concluded at 5 PM today. But the voters’ participation, according to initial estimation, remained much much lower than it was thought.

According to the initial estimation of the Election Commission Nepal, the election management body, only around half the eligible voting population bothered to vote. Which means half of the voting population did not care.

The voter turnout in the last elections in 2017 was around 70 percent. According to the observers, this can be taken as a growing frustration among voters.

The voter turnout for 2008 and 2013 Constituent Assembly elections was over 60 and 78 percent, respectively.