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Polling starts for by-election amidst tightened security

Amidst tight security polling for all the six constituencies started on Friday with thousands of voters casting their ballots to elect members to the Constituent Assembly.

world Updated: Apr 10, 2009 14:08 IST

Amidst tight security polling for all the six constituencies started on Friday with thousands of voters casting their ballots to elect members to the Constituent Assembly.

Candidates from the ruling United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) and the opposition Nepali Congress party and several smaller parties are vying for six seats in the 601-seat Constituent Assembly.

Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala caste his vote from Morang-5 Constituency. However, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav did not cast his vote in Dhanusha -5 constituency where his son Chandra Mohan Yadav is the Nepali Congress candidate.

CPN-ML candidate from Dhanusha-5 constituency Santosh Shah, who was kidnapped by Terai Rashtriya Mukti Sena was not yet released.

In Kaski-1 constituency after an error occurred in the Electronic Voting Machine polling was postponed in 11 polling stations and new EVMs are being airlifted from Kathmandu to resume polling, according to Election Commission sources. India has provided EVMs for all the six constituencies across Nepal.

Meanwhile, the Nepal-India border has been sealed since yesterday to prevent any untoward incident during the polls.