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67 per cent polling in Nepal

April 10, 2008 20:38 IST
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Nearly 67 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in the historic Constituent Assembly elections in Nepal on Thursday amid sporadic incidents of violence, which claimed the life of a Nepali Congress cadre.

According to the preliminary information of the Election Commission, more than 60 to 67 per cent people exercised their franchise in Thursday's election.

The elections were also postponed in few constituencies.

Voting has been postponed in around two dozen polling centres due to the clashes between the party cadres.

Election was held peacefully compared to the previous elections, officials said. This is the first time that the CA polls were held after the Maoists came to the peace process couple of years ago.

Election was held for the first time to write a new Constitution and decide the future of the 240-year monarchy in Nepal.

Indian Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalswami, who is a part of international observer team, expressed satisfaction over the peaceful conclusion of the polls in Nepal.

"The election was held peacefully," he said to BBC Hindi service.

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