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nepal elections explained | elections 2017

millions of nepalese are voting in the second phase of the parliamentary and provincial assembly elections, more than a decade after the end of maoist rebellion.the elections, which have largely remained peaceful, will hopefully end the himalayan nation's long-delayed democratic transition. the first-phase of the election was held on november 26.the new constitution passed in 2015 declared nepal a federal state with three levels of government: federal, provincial and local.this was intended to decentralise power from kathmandu to the newly-created seven provinces and local government units.voters will elect 275 members to the house of representatives (hor) in a mixed system, with 60 percent of representatives chosen through a first-past-the-post (fptp) system, while the remaining 40 percent will be elected through a proportional representation (pr) system.the federal parliament will be a bicameral legislature, with the 259-member national assembly (na) chosen by an electoral college. the hor and na will have almost equal powers.it's the first parliamentary election since 1999.voters will also choose representatives to seven provincial assemblies, for the first time since nepal turned into a federal republic and abolished the monarchy in 2008.counting of votes will begin after the second phase of polling concludes on thursday. final results may not be known until the middle of december.one-third of the seats have been reserved for women, at all three levels of government. t...