Voter registration starts
The first phase of voter registration exercise started from 15 September in 58 municipalities of 43 districts across Nepal. The Election Commission of Nepal (ECN), through technical assistance of UNDP Electoral Support Project (ESP) has begun this modern registration process with photograph and biometric system to create a credible voter list. This includes registering every eligible citizen by digitally capturing their photo, fingerprints and signature.
For the first phase of the programme, the ECN has established 798 registration centers in 532 registration locations equipped with voter registration kits. The kit includes all the hardware (laptops with software, finger print scanner, web camera) with their respective protective bags and software (biometric based voters' registration system). The nation-wide registration will be carried out in three phases and is expected to be completed by August 2011.
On the first day of the registration, Right Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal himself got registered along with his family members, at one of the registration centers located inside the Kathmandu metropolitan city.
This new biometric-based voter registration system will not allow double entries and proxy voting. The new system will replace the old voter list and strengthen the national efforts to promote a free and credible electoral environment. This will also be a big shift from the tedious and time consuming manual registration process.