Khotang – District Election Office Khotang has organized model voting at nine local levels. Out of 10 local levels, the ninth sample voting was held on Tuesday at the Matikore playground of Diktel Rupakot Majhuwagadhi Municipality-1 Diktel. As part of the plan to make voter education effective and prevent votes from being invalidated, the Election Office has been conducting sample voting at local level centers since November 20.
District Election Officer Rajesh Gautam said that the model voting was organized as an exercise to inform the voters, expand voter education, and solve the problems and challenges that arise during the voting in a proper way. So far, sample voting has been done in Barahpokhari Rural Municipality, Jantedhunga Rural Municipality, Khotehang Rural Municipality, Sakela Rural Municipality, Rawabensi Rural Municipality, Kepilasgarhi Rural Municipality and Aiselukhark Rural Municipality. District Election Officer Gautam said that sample voting will be held in the remaining Halesi Tuwachung Municipality on Thursday.
The District Election Office has said that it is conducting voter education through women’s health volunteers. However, the number of invalid votes seen during the sample voting shows that the need for voter education is lacking. Gautam said that during the sample voting, it was observed that there was more than one election sign indicating vote, voting between two or more election signs, thumb impression, and voting outside the circle of election signs. “In the villages a little further away than in Sadarmukam area, the vote was more than that.
However, many were interested in learning how to vote,” Gautam said. “At the local level, there was a provision to indicate the vote on seven election symbols. 194 polling stations and two temporary polling stations have been designated. From Tuesday, staff with election materials have been sent to polling stations.
According to the election office, one lakh 42 thousand 792 voters of the district will exercise their right to vote in this election. Chief District Officer Surya Prasad Sedhai said that necessary security arrangements have been made for the election to be held in a peaceful and fear-free environment.