Nepal holds first local elections in 20 years

Nepal held local elections for the first time in two decades on May 14.

Nepalese citizens can vote for mayors, deputy mayors and ward members.

“From this election I expect new faces, probably the alternative party rather than the major parties,” said one student, voting for the first time in his life.

The last local elections were in 1997. Candidates were elected for five-year-terms which were interrupted by a Maoist insurrection.

The Maoist rule ended in 2006. In 2008 the traditional monarchy was dissolved.

The next several years saw a battle over the new national constitution.

The election will be held in two stages.

Some fifty thousand candidates are running for the available offices.

“The person who can really work for this society that we are expecting and the person is who (is) really very devoted, you know, who can work for the society and who can carry the good work for our society, that (is what) we are expecting,” said one voter.

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