Images of King’s Municipal Election

Election in Nepal: Burning Tires To Protest The Poll

Election Day Images from Nepal
They Don’t Want Election: Pro-democracy students burnt tires to protest the king’s Municipal Polls in Dilli Bazaar, Kathmandu. Pic by Bikash Karki

Election Day Images from Nepal
General Goes To Cast His Vote: Royal Nepal Army Chief Parajung Thapa gets out his vehicle and heads toward a voting booth in Pashupati Campus to cast his vote in the municipal election. Pic by Shaligram Tiwari

Election Day Images from Nepal
General Is Looking For His Name: Royal Nepal Army Chief Parajung Thapa looks at the voters’ list as his family members look on in a voting booth at Pashupati Campus. Pic by Shaligram Tiwari

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No Voters: A voting booth at the Agriculture Company Ltd., Kuleshwor at 9:30 AM. It was almost empty and very few people turned up to cast their vote. Pic by Shaligram Tiwari

Election Day Images from Nepal
A Marriage Not To Be Forgotten Easily: Two newly married couples return back home from Ghujeshwori Temple after participating in marriage ceremonies at Dhumbarahi. The city transportation was closed both on rebel Maoists orders for Nepal Banda (general strike) and the government’s ban on driving for the Election Day. Pic by Shruti Shrestha

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No Election: Pro-democracy activists protest the municipal election in Thimi, Bhaktapur saying that the king wanted to hold the poll to legitimize his autocracy. Political parties have called for election boycott. Pic by Shruti Shrestha

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First Democracy, Then Election: Founding president of the Ilam branch of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) shouts slogans from inside a police van after being arrested for taking out a pro-democracy rally in Ilam headquarters. Pic by Benup Raj Bhattarai

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Police highhandedness in Kalaiya, Bara district in a demonstration. Pic by Shankar Acharya

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Police arrested 12 people from a pro-democracy demo by seven agitating political parties. Armed police intervened into the rally immediately after it was started. But the participants took out torchlight rallies from different parts of the town. Police beat Gopal Dewanaj, secretary of the Sunsari district branch of Nepal Jana jaati Mahashangh. Pic by Raju Ghishing

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We Don’t Need Election: Activists associated with seven agitating political parties took out rallies protesting municipal polls in Biratnagar. About 1 hundred and 37 activists were arrested by police on Wednesday. Pic by Arjun Pokharel

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Voting For Democracy? After the municipal candidates spread a rumor about army taking action against anyone who fail to go to voting booths to caste their vote (and an award of Rs. 1 thousand for those who cast their vote), people thronged into the voting booths of Dailekh’s Narayan Nagar Municipality. But many of them said that they have cancelled their ballot paper by casting their votes to their favorite agitating pro-democracy political parties. Pic by Harihar Singh Rathour

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No Election!: Agitating students stage a protest program against the municipal election at Dhilibazar, Kathmandu. Pic by Bikash Karki

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3 thoughts on “Images of King’s Municipal Election”

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    Comment:

    Actually there is no system to tell if the election is successful or not looking at the percentage. I had been always thinking in my mind that in a full democracy there should be a place in the ballot paper where we can put a mark to “not willing to vote for this candidate” but I haven’t seen that or heard about that in any countries of the world. This came in my mind when I was about to cast my first vote and I couldn’t find any of the candidates suitable for my vote. There is no place in ballot for people like me. Yes, it’s the right of the citizen to cast vote. Why is there no right for the citizen not to cast vote if he/she doesn’t agree with the situation ? Why is there no place for it ?

    This is the major problem all around the world in election system. Leaders are elected despite most of the people don’t like them. Leaders are elected even if the total percentage of votes cast are 40%. What about the rest 60% ? Why their opinions are not counted ? I agree that out of 60%, 15-20% may be in a condition in which they cannot cast their vote. What about remaining 40-45% who are willing to vote but not for any of the current candidates ?

    Similar situations had been going on since the very beginning of the election system that’s why a country is failing to establis a total democracy anywhere in the world…

    D.MICHAEL_VANDEVEER-mike4radio@yahoo.com
    Comment:

    Glad UWB is back up.

    Keep up your GREAT WORK !

    LONG LIVE THE NEW REPUBLIC OF NEPAL !

    SUNITA
    Comment:

    GlAD ! UWB IS BACK AND NOW WITH US.

    KEEP UP YOUR GREAT WORK ! BUT, DON’T WRITE ONLY ABOUT THE ANTI-GOVERNMENT ACTIVITES. WE SHOULD NOT FORGET OUR MONARCHIAL SYSTEM.

    LONG LIVE THE OUR KING KG!

    HANG ALL 7-POLITICAL ALLIANCE LEADERS!

    D.MICHAEL_VANDEVEER-mike4radio@yahoo.com
    Comment:

    The last King died around 10:30, June 1 2001 in a Coup.

    Nepal is now run by RNA Rana Generals, and the Palace Mafia.

    THE CLOCK NEVER RUNS BACKWARDS

    ALWAYS FORWARD.

    The Monarchy is a thing of the past.

    Prakash Kadel
    Comment:

    Hi guys,

    Do you that even at a growth rate of 12 percent it will 60 years for nepal t become developed country like swizerland.It will take around 610 years at a growth rate of 3%.

    Nepal’s growth rate is not even 3 percent,2 years ago it was negative(below zero).This way we won’t become become developed in a million years.

    So please stop this quarreling and the violence,lets abandon politics and go for development.

    Prakash Kadel
    Comment:

    Hye

    And please stop burning tires,its bad for environment,and we could save some money if we could recycle it.After all we are th poorest in the world.

    You can see all comments on this post here:

    Raj
    Comment:

    One of worst thing happening in Nepal is the college politics for ever. It must be stopped and any student involved in politics must be punished.

    Then only education and economy of the contry will take pace . Every time I see Pics all students are leaders and they are in college not to read but, do politics course to do and just follow the commands of old nonsense leaders in expense of poor Nepalese farmer parents.

    Raj
    Comment:

    The extremely low turn out of polls might be due to :

    1. Terrorism making everyone fearful of end of life just by casting ballots.

    2.Everyone disaggring the kings futile efforts to full whole society that he’s really dedicated to democracy, infact no one wants to see monarchy any more except few RANA families in Nepal and mafias.

    3.Lastly the seven political parties asking people to boycott the election.

    What next:

    1. Full stop to terrosism by means of : peaceful talks with the maoists since they are the source the terror in Nepal.

    In fact all the three demands made by maoists are not at all against the country and people of nepal so every party including seven political parties and King of course the main barrier must agree to those demands.

    2.The king and maoists neither are the peoples’ choice so the pro-democracy parties must take firm step to go ahead and accept every terms and conditions since people are for them.

    3. The arms and ammunitions must be controlled by UN, and contries like: USA, EU, Japan etc.

    Gurkhali
    Comment:

    Damn Care Election

    The people of Nepal will participate in the election if it will be for a NEW PRESIDENT of the nation. Otherwise, every elction will be boycotted as this.

    Chandan
    Comment:

    Stunning pics…truly revealing…the one about the rumor about army taking stern action against those who do not cast vote and each ppl who cast vote would get 1000 bucks is really a scoop news…this should be highlighted to show Mr.Chairman’s election “to bring multi-party democracy back on track”…

    Shame on the self-declared Chairman!!!

    FIGHT AGAINST AUTOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP…SUPPORT DEMOCRACY!!!

    XYZ
    Comment:

    From now on let us call Mr. Gyane, Mr Twenty One Percent. Twenty One Percent is sound for 21st Century Monarchy.

    Top of the World
    Comment:

    Election is successful, in comparision threats from trrorists and its SPA. Good job!

    abiral
    Comment:

    Yeah..the election is definetely successful even if only 20% people vote. But, hey Manisha Koirala voted! so, we might aswell call it succesful!!

    yuddhabiram
    Comment:

    The so called municipal election conducted by the Shah-Rana Regime has prooved to be nothing but a historical farce. The regime is systematically engaged in sabotaging the democratic institutions and disparaging the democracic values and practices in a frantic attempt to consolidate its power.

    With such a turn out in the voting, the regime’s hope of legitimising its autocratic rule has been shattered. The degeneration of a morally bankrupt feudal regime has begun. A very positive development!!

    ray_of_hope
    Comment:

    no one can say whether the election was successful or not; if they say that whatever the government authorities r showing in the NTV is false ‘coz they’re a bunch of liars then what about the genuinity of the statements given by those shameless party leaders who have done nothing but lied and cheated us for the past score of years and will continue till they die. Moreover, remember how chaotic would be the situation in previous elections,all those dirty games, etravagant wastage of money, bloodshed…..at least…we haven’t seen such situation now..

    And those ‘bharaute’ student leaders(don’t wanna call them leaders tough),they started out such an outbrust when the government called out for supplement of the winter vacations saying the government has no right to influence their studies in the name of elections and see…., did they protest the ‘bandha’ called by maoists or did they attend the classes?noways, they are not students and don’t want to study…they have even defamed the word ‘student’ and have used the studentship for mere political interest. So, until and unless a stern dictatorship is not established, the regression(in actual sense) will continue…

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  2. One thing to remember :

    DIAMOND CUTS DIAMOND.
    IRON CUTS IRON.
    This is 21st century..Come on..
    Take the arm ..It’s time..No alternate.

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