Citizens leaving Kathmandu Valley to cast their votes in local level elections

This undated image shows the office of Election Commission Nepal in Kantipath, Kathmandu. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: People residing temporarily in Kathmandu Valley due to various reasons are returning home to cast their votes in the local level elections scheduled for May 13.

According to Kathmandu Valley Traffic Police Office, the number of people leaving the valley has increased recently with most of them going home to exercise one of the greatest democratic rights — the Right to Vote.

The inflow of people into the valley is lesser thanthose leaving for their homes. Around 10,000 to 15,000 people are leaving the valley on average on a daily basis lately. The statistics as of last Monday showed that 55,746 passengers travelled to various destinations outside Kathmandu valley in 7,911 vehicles while 42,544 entered the Valley during the same period.

The statistic does not include the passengers travelling in private vehicles and reserved ones, police said.

A total of 17,733,723 voters are enlisted in the Election Commission of Nepal. There are a total of 10,756 polling stations and 21,955 polling booths set up for the elections.

Security arrangements have been made classifying 2,946 polling stations as highly sensitive, 4,423 as sensitive ones and 3,387 as less sensitive, according to the Election Commission, Nepal.

The election is going to be held in a single phase and silence hour begins at midnight today.

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