Kathmandu, December 7: The polling is underway for the second and final phase of parliamentary and provincial elections in Nepal.As many as 128 constituencies of House of Representatives and 256 of Provincial Assemblies in 45 districts are going to polls in this phase.
Addressing media persons at Kathmandu this evening, Chief Election Commissioner of Nepal Dr. Ayodhyee Prasad Yadav said that with this election, the constitution will be implemented, democratic federalism strengthened and the transition period will be over.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba have appealed the people of Nepal to enthusiastically participate in the elections. The historic elections are being seen as Nepal's final step to democratic federalism and expected to bring much needed political stability in this Himalayan Nation.
Nepal-India border has been sealed and security personnel from both the countries jointly patrolling in the border areas. Nepal closed its border on Tuesday with India for 72 hours at more than 22 different entry points for the second round of parliamentary and provincial elections slated.
The Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department have been deployed at the polling booth sites to maintain peaceful environment during the elections so that the voters could cast votes without any fear.
Nepal, which was declared a republic nation in 2008, have got two presidents till now - Dr. Rambaran Yadav as the first president and the chairing president Bidhya Devi Bhandari as the second and the first female president of Nepal.
As per the new bill a total of 884 voters, 275 from the House of Representatives, 59 from the National Assembly and 550 members from the Provincial Council will vote to elect the new state and deputy state heads.