Kathmandu, May 16: In historic civic polls after two decades in Nepal, Nepali Congress appeared claiming its lost ground with candidates leading for mayor and deputy mayor posts in 80 and 73 municipalities respectively. However, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) was observed giving a tough fight to the Nepali Congress. Similarly, Maoist Kendra, as per last trends, maintained the lead on Mayor and Deputy mayor posts in 40 and 33 municipalities. The civic polls in Nepal hold special significance being the first local administration elections in after the abolition of Monarchy.
Nepalese Election Commission will be declaring the final results on Tuesday on the completion of counting. The polls conducted on Sunday witnessed an enthusiastic Nepalese populace and people are expecting an overhaul in the basic facilities ranging from schools to hospitals. With seventy percent population under age of thirty-five, many people voted for the first time with beaming faces. The tenure of representatives last elected ended when the Nepal was hit severally by the Maoist insurgency which lasted till 2006.
Apart from delivery of basic facilities, the reconstruction of Nepal after the massive earthquake in 2015 remains a daunting task before the newly elected administration which witnessed a void in the last decade. The successful completion of the election process remains a herculean task for Nepalese Election Commission after the provinces bordering India dominated by Madhesis refused to participate until a constitutional amendment is not made. The provinces will vote on June 14 in the second phase. Many political observers opine the outcome of the first phase will influence the voters in the next phase of voting.
In order to convince the Madhesis, the government promised them a constitutional amendment after the elections but the possibility of passing new law seems bleak with lack of consensus among the mainstream parties. Madhesis accused the new constitution undermined their right in the new secular republic.