- Title: NEPAL - VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS AMID SECURITY CLAMPDOWN AND WORRIES OF INSTABILITY
- Date: 14th November 1994
- Summary: KATHMANDU, NEPAL (NOVEMBER 14 AND 15, 1994) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) (NOVEMBER 15, 1994) 1. GV/PAN,SV EXT.CROWDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED TO VOTE (4 SHOTS) 0.10 2. SV WOMAN CASTS VOTE IN BALLOT BOX 0.19 3. LV/SV COMMUNIST PARTY LEADER MAN MOHAN ADHIKARY VOTING (3 SHOTS) 0.29 4. LV/SV INDEPENDENT ELECTION OBSERVERS (2 SHOTS) 0.41 5. SV/PAN HEAD OF RULING NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY KRISHNA PRASAD BHUATTARI CASTS VOTE IN BALLOT BOX 0.48 6. MCU BHATTARAI SAYING "THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF OUR VICTORY BY TOMORROW, YOU WILL HEAR THE NEWS. IT IS SILENTNOW." (ENGLISH) 1.04 (NOVEMBER 14, 1994) 7. SLV ADHIKARY SITTING WITH COLLEAGUES IN FRONT OF RED FLAG 1.08 (NOVEMBER 14, 1994) 8. MCU ADHIKARY SAYING THAT THE COMMUNISTS COULD FORM A GOVERNMENT ON THEIR OWN, AND ANY PARTY WHICH COULD NOT DO THIS WILL HAVE PROBLEMS RELYING ON SMALLER PARTIES (ENGLISH) 1.29 9. SV ADHIKARY SITTING WITH PARTY COLLEAGUES 1.35 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 29th November 1994 12:00
- Location: KATHMANDU, NEPAL
- Country: Nepal
- Reuters ID: LVA74Y62NS3VUQAG9DEPWRYNVN6Z
- Story Text: Nepalese voters went to the polls on Tuesday (November 15) to choose a new parliament amid a security clampdown and worries that the Himalayan kingdom is entering a period of instability only four years after embracing democracy.
Thousands of security troops fanned out to head off violence in the impoverished nation's second free election since a pro-democracy revolt ended absolute monarchy in 1990.
The 35,000-man army was on alert and more than 1,000 election observers were posted in 205 constituencies stretching from southern plains to the world's highest peaks.
The chief election commissioner, Bishnu Pratap Shah, appealed to political parties and their supporters to avoid disrupting the polls but assured voters they were safe.
At least six people died in pre-election clashes and there were reports of dozens of arrests in the eastern part of the nation only hours before polls were due to open.
Voters in the mountain ringed capital, Kathmandu, began queueing up at 6 a.m. local time, two hours before the polls opened, with men and women waiting in separate lines.
Authorities banned all vehicles from the streets of the capital Kathmandu except those of diplomats, journalists and election observers.
A total of 12.3 million people were eligible to vote for 1,057 candidates from 24 parties. An accurate picture of election results was not expected for at least two days.
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