Forget about pre-recorded stuffs, results are coming in live. Equipped with mobile phones, noodles in their bags and amazing level of energy and enthusiasm young reporters of dozens of radio stations across the country are continuously providing the latest figures of vote counting to Nepali people. Not only FM radios but for the first time in the history of Nepali elections at least four TV channels are providing continuous (and mostly live) updates. Inexperience reporters who are doing all this for the first time in their career are trying their best. Kiran Adhikari, a reporter with a FM station in Kathmandu, updates his listeners with the latest figures from the vote counting station in the City Hall.
A man was present with the Sun and Moon in front of the Rastriya Sabha Griha where votes of 1-4 constituencies of Kathmandu are being counted. “Everyone has forgotten the national flag,” he said. “I want to remind them about this.” Earlier in the morning he had participated in the victory rally of Nepali Congress candidate Prakash Man Singh.
A man talks to his friend and gets updated from the far west Nepal from where he hails. He was also getting updates via FM radio that he was carrying. He said that though he was happy with the outcome in Kathmandu he was disappointed by the overall results so far. He didn’t mention the name of the party he was supporting but I guessed he was a Kangressi.
A Nepali Congress supporter waves his party’s flag as results indicated victory for some of his party’s candidate in Kathmandu.
Supporters of CPN Maoist were glued to the radio sets. This person said that FM radios were very much helpful to get updates on the latest results. He was listening to the 3 PM news bulletin from Kantipur FM when this photo was taken. “I don’t like Kantipur FM,” he said. “Kantipur (newspaper) was biased against Maoist and wrote wrong information.” Though there were plenty of choices among the FM stations, the man said, he still preferred Kantipur FM.
A camerawoman from a TV station.
A man tunes in to a FM station on his mobile phone.