Local election: Nearly 100 percent turnout in parts of Gorkha

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Samdo polling station at Chumanubri rural municipality in Gorkha district that borders Tibet recorded 98.99 per cent turnout, according to election officers.

Out of the total 71 voters in the village, 70 cast their ballot while one had already passed away, they said.

The voting started from 7 am and concluded 9 am.

Likewise, voting also concluded at another polling station at Chumanubri rural municipality.

Meanwhile, a centenarian cast his vote at a polling station at Chandra Jyoti Primary School in Gorkha Municipality-11. Nanda Bahadur Poudel, 104, reached the voting station with the help of a walking stick, said local resident Kishor Jungba Thapa.

‘peaceful’

“Forget scanty untoward incidents, voting is going on in Gorkha in a peaceful manner”, said the office of chief election officer in Gorkha.

Minor clashes ensued at polling centers at Gorkha Municipality 6 and 7 between cadres of ruling CPN (Maoist Center) and opposition CPN-UML.

Dr Bhattarai cast his ballot

Former Prime Minister and Naya Shakti Party Nepal Coordinator Dr Baburam Bhattarai cast his vote at Palungtar-1 in his home district Gorkha.

Up to 42 per cent voting as of noon

Voting as of this noon was recorded between 25 to 42 per cent. Voting began at 7:00 this morning in 281 local level units of 34 districts in province no. 3, 4 and 6.

As of this noon, 42 per cent voting was recorded in Manang, 35 per cent in Kaski and Baglung and 30 per cent in Mugu, according Election Commission spokesperson Surya Prasad Sharma.

Reports have not been received of voting being withheld or postponed in any voting centre, according to Joint Election Mobilization Centre at the EC in Kathmandu. RSS