Kathmandu. The final election results were supposed to be released by December 8 according to Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, but officials now claim it would take longer than expected.
Election Commission spokesperson Shaligram Sharma Paudyal states that the entire process will be delayed by about 10 days because the election process has been stopped in three constituencies.
The commission has agreed to hold a re-election at 10 polling places in the Dolakha district on Thursday, 11 days after the voting day, in response to complaints of election cheating, but it has not yet determined whether to do the same in Bajura and Syangja 2. As a result of allegations of vote-rigging by some candidates, the vote-counting process has been suspended in both locations.
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The process of publishing the final election results is further delayed by the requirement that the commission give parties at least a week to name the candidates who will be elected under the proportional representation system once the vote count is complete.
Vote tallying is notoriously slow in Nepal. Electronic voting machines have not yet been introduced, despite suggestions from stakeholders.