KATHMANDU: Nepali women dressed in traditional attire in Men’s saris in Standing were jeans and baseball caps in As voting began, there were long lines in A general election that few people expect to bring about dramatic change or a government capable of quickly restoring the economy.
“I voted for economic development, ensuring jobs, food, clothes, education and health services,” Rajesh Kumar SubediReuters was told by a 52-year old employee, who was the first person to vote at Phaimlamchuli’s voting centre in Kathmandu.
The election pits Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deba and some Maoist rebels against their ruling alliance, the Nepali Congress party. Nepal Communist Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) party.
Pre-election polls are not available, however political Analysts expect the ruling coalition to remain in power.
The Election Commission stated that polls close at 5 pm (1115 GMT). Final results may take up to two more weeks to announce.
“We need political stability for faster growth of the economy and a government that can guarantee security to investors,” Prakash Thapa (25), was another voter.
A total of 18 million eligible voters can vote for the 275 member parliament and the seven 550 members of the seven provincial assemblies. They are elected through a mixture of proportional and first past the post voting.
Sunday is now a working day, so the government declared Sunday a holiday in Nepal.
Political stability Investors are discouraged from investing in the poor country wedged between China, India, and China. Nepal Since the abolishment of a 239-year old monarchy, it has been governed by 10 governments in 2008.
At nationwide rallies, political parties have pledged to lower prices, create jobs, and boost the economy.
Many young independent candidates, including IT and medical professionals, are challenging the party leaders in an attempt to cash in. in Their quest for change.
“Old party leaders should change their style of functioning after this election,” Thapa, the voter.
The Election Commission urged voters not to be intimidated or threatened by any obstacle when casting secret votes.
“Voting is not only their right but also their duty to choose representatives through the secret ballot,” Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Thapalia Reuters.
Analysts predicted that a new government would have to tackle the problems of the economy’s revival and the high price tags.
Remittances account for approximately 25% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and there are concerns that a global downturn could lead to a decrease in remittances.
The tourism sector, which had contributed 4% to the GDP before the pandemic has not fully recovered. Over 450,000 tourists visited this country during the first 10 month of 2011. NepalIt is now less than half of pre-COVID-19 tourists in All of 2019
While foreign reserves are decreasing, retail inflation rates have hovered at 6-year highs of around 8%. in One nation in the Himalayas, in Five people survive on less than $2 per day.