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Saturday, 12 April 2008

Nepalese Constituent Assembly polls, April 10, 2008

Honestly speaking, I have never been a current affairs person and matters of the state, politics in particular, has run parallel to my existence, never ever crossing paths.

I turned 26 the same day the constituent assembly polls were due. I had half a mind to sleep the day off since D-day was a public holiday with nonexistent traffic, closed shops and a load shedding in place (for four full hours during the day). But, the thought of the deadline at work the following day kept taunting me and never gave me a peace of mind.

I still remember yearning to cast my vote a few days earlier, when I found myself ineligible to vote, simply because the election commission website didn't have my name on the voter's list. However, on D-day itself when I realised that I was an eligible voter after all, the voting urge had waned (I found my registration number issued by the election commission).

I consider myself the least informed person regarding any party's mandates and the likes. I almost bailed on my first ever opportunity to cast a vote, which incidentally is my constitutional right as I recalled Civics lessons from back in high school. So, towards the closing of the voting hours, I dragged myself to the polling station and cast my vote. The better part of the story, the woman who had my vote, has developed quite a lead in the polls. I am still clueless if my vote was of crucial importance, or if ever she will be a representative in the constitution assembly.

I guess we will have to wait and see.

I only hope that the constituent assembly will provide us Nepalese with a much needed reprieve from the regular bands, price hikes and insecurity in place.

2 comments:

Prijent Shrestha said...

You seems aware about whats really gonna happens in Nepal now...well good going nice post....and thanx for the comment i'll try to get better next time

Utsav said...

thanks, i have almost given up on blogging.. if the comments do drop in i just might start up again!!!
happy blogging!!

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