FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Peaceful polls
Posted:Sep 19, 2017
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
The third phase of the local level elections in the eight districts of Province 2 were held peacefully Monday. There was an overwhelming participation of the voters who were very enthusiastic. Elections at the local level took place after a hiatus of about two decades which has made the people jubilant as they now will have their elected officials. About 73 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise according to the preliminary data which is very encouraging. The voters turnout could be more. The eight districts of Province 2 has 2,664,950 eligible voters. There are 37,236 candidates   vying for the 6,627 posts in one metropolitan city, three sub-municipalities and 73 municipalities of the province. The posts contested are for chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of rural municipalities, mayors and deputy mayors of municipalities, sub-metropolitan city, ward chiefs, ward members, female members and female member from the Dalit community.
 
Originally the government had announced that the local elections would be held in a single phase on May 14. However, they could not be held due mainly to the protests of the Madhes-based parties demanding that amendments be made to the Constitution.  After the Constitution amendment bill was not endorsed by the Parliament, the RJP-N, a unified force of six Madhes-based parties which had been for the amendments decided to take part in the third phase of the local level elections.    The RJP-N had not participated in the first and second round of the polls. The first phase of the polls were held on May 14 and the second one on June 28. The successful holding of the third phase of the local elections can be viewed as historic mostly for the people in the Terai region. The voters had participated in the polls enthusiastically in spite of the floods and inundations. Moreover, the participation of the RJP-N is believed to have led to further strengthening democracy in the country by providing the required rights.  Moreover, the local elections has resulted in further institutionalising federalism in the country. Now we are headed for the federal and provincial polls that would be held on November 26 and December 7.
 
The counting of votes is taking place after collection of the ballot boxes from the polling stations reached the offices of the chief returning officers. Consultations are also being held with the political parties as well as other candidates about counting of the votes. Going by past experiences, the Election Commission should ensure the security of the vote counting process too. Since the vote counting takes place very slowly the results of the elections may take many days to come. Hence, the vote counting needs to be expedited and the ballot papers should be kept safe. In any case, now that the people will have their own elected representatives there are high expectations from the peoples’ appointees. These officials should not let the people down and should serve them well while carrying out various local development works. Equipped with the legal authority to do so they would make a difference.  So far, only government officials were carrying out the works of the people at the local level, and they lacked accountability. The elected officials at the local level can serve people better as they are acquainted with their needs.
 
Apex court order
 
The Supreme Court has issued a mandamus order telling the government to ensure that all hospitals – public or private – have their own pharmacies inside their premises so that patients and their relatives can easily buy the prescribed medicines without paying higher prices. The apex court had issued the order in response to a writ petition filed by Protection of Consumers’ Rights. The court has also asked the government to ensure that those pharmacies will also distribute medicines listed under the “free medicines” category. The government distributes 70 types of medicine free of charge to people who used to get them only from district hospitals and health centres.
 
The Protection of Consumers’ Rights had to file a writ of public interest litigation after it found during inspections that the private pharmacies leased by the Bir Hospital had been selling medicines at 325 percent higher rate than the actual cost of the medicine and as compared to the medicines sold in the TU Teaching Hospital. The private pharmacies charge more from the clients than the actual cost and in some case they also sell sub-standard or substitute medicines instead of the one prescribed by doctors.
 
The Himalayan Times, September 20, 2017
 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image Since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office again in Bangladesh in 2009, bilateral relations between New Delhi and Dhaka have been on a steady upward trajectory.
 
read-more
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday received a telephone call from US Vice President Mike Pence who offered thanks for the rescue of an American hostage, her Canadian husband and three children, the Prime Minister's office said.
 
read-more
Ruskin Bond’s first novel ‘Room on the Roof’ describes in vivid detail how life in the hills around Dehradun used to be. Bond, who is based in Landour, Mussoorie, since 1963, captured the imagination of countless readers as he painted a picture of an era gone by.
 
read-more
India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attained a level of maturity which allows it to assert itself in an effective manner. This is aimed at protecting the country’s national interests in a sustained way.
 
read-more
Braid-chopping incidents have added to the already piled up anxieties of Kashmiris. Once again they are out on the streets, to give vent to their anger. A few persons, believed to be braid-choppers were caught hold by irate mobs at various places. They were beaten to pulp.
 
read-more
The report delivered by Xi Jinping at the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) declared that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era and the CPC has drawn up a two-stage development plan to develop China into a "great modern socialist country" by 2050.
 
read-more
The capture of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, by U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab troops this week is a crushing blow to the group.
 
read-more
In West Asia, the end of one war paves the way for the next. Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the self-styled Islamic State (IS), has fallen to a coalition of rebels, the Syrian Democratic Forces that is backed by the United States.
 
read-more
On “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”
 
read-more
Column-image

Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699

 
Column-image

Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...

 
Column-image

Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
Column-image

As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
Column-image

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
Subscribe to our newsletter
Archive