Millions of people in Nepal have voted in the second phase of local elections to pick municipal and village councils in spite of dangers from ethnic groups that contradict the elections.

More than 162,000 security strengths were deployed in the voting areas.

The local elections were held without precedent for two decades in the Himalayan country, which was wracked by a long-running Maoist uprising taken after by a yearlong delay in passing another constitution.

Voting occurred in three of Nepal’s seven provinces. Three different provinces held elections a month ago, and another will vote in September.

 

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Ethnic groups in southern Nepal have required a boycott of the polls, saying their demand for more territory in their region should be tended to first.

Individuals from the largest of the groups, the Madhesi, say their population demands much more territory than the area they were conceded by Nepal’s new constitution.

The constitution, received two years prior, started months of protests by the ethnic groups, leaving 52 people dead.

The government has been attempting to persuade the Madhesis to join the elections, deferring voting in their area to September 18 with expectations of achieving an understanding.

More than 62,000 candidates were challenging 15,038 positions on Wednesday.

Crucial local posts have been occupied by government-named administrators since elections couldn’t be held in the midst of delays in drafting the new constitution.

Surya Prasad Sharma, spokesman of the Election Commission said downpours had delayed voting in a few polling focuses in the southeastern Jhapa locale.

“People have shown up at polling stations since early morning. They have turned out in huge numbers,” he said.

The first round of elections was held in mid-May, with the voter turnout of more than 70 percent.