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Nepal votes in final round of historic polls

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Nepal votes in final round of historic polls
A Nepali voter casts her ballot at a polling station during the final round of parliamentary elections in Kathmandu yesterday. AFP Photo

KATHMANDU: Nepal votes yesterday in the final round of historic parliamentary elections aimed at drawing a line under years of conflict and political turmoil in the Himalayan country, reports AFP. Thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed in the capital Kathmandu and the volatile southern lowlands for the vote after pre-election violence that has left one dead and dozens injured.

It is the second phase of a watershed election for national and provincial parliaments under a new constitution that represents the culmination of the transition from feudal monarchy to federal democracy following a brutal civil war that ended 11 years ago. “I’m feeling very happy to cast a vote because it can change the future of our country, which we are expecting,” said Kathmandu voter Samita Joshi.

“As a young person I think that it will bring hope and opportunities.”

More than 12.2 million people are eligible to vote in the elections, the first phase of which passed off peacefully last month. But the south is home to a mosaic of ethnic minorities who say the constitution leaves them politically marginalised, a cause that has sparked bloody protests in recent years.

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