Nepal Minute - out of the ordinary

Elections 2022

Nearly 18 million Nepalis are casting their vote to elect new members of the federal and provincial assemblies.

The voters include jail inmates too. At least seven inmates have cast their vote from the Central Jail Jagannathdeval polling station, in the heart of Kathmandu.

According to Election Officer Eshwari Prasad Aryal, although the names of eight prisoners are in the voter list, seven of them have already exercised their right to vote.

"One prisoner had already been transferred to another prison. All of them voted before 8 am. In the polling station, there was a voter list of 20 people including eight prisoners and 12 employees," said Aryal. However, 11 out of the 12 employees in the voter list are deputed in the election and so far, only Election Officer Aryal voted from the center.

Out of the three jails under the Central Jail, four inmates of the Central Jail and three of the Bhadra Jail have already cast their vote. The names of the prisoners in the women's prison are not in the voter list. There are more than 3,400 prisoners in the Central Jail.

This was the first time that the Election Commission had arranged voting facility for inmates. - RSS

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