At least 16m ballots to be printed starting Saturday
At least 16* million ballot papers will be printed starting from Saturday for the local level elections scheduled to be held on May 14.
The state-owned printer Janak Education Materials Center (JEMC), entrusted to print ballot papers, has informed that preparations for printing have reached final stage.
“At least 16 million ballot papers will be printed for the local election,” spokesperson of Election Commission Surya Prasad Sharma said, “At least 14 million voters will cast votes in the election and JEMC has to print at least 16 million ballot papers by adding 15 percent of the total number of voters.”
“There’s a practice of printing 15 percent more ballot papers including errors in printing. We have to print at least 16 million ballot papers for 14 million voters.”
The Election Commission has estimated that around 500 tons of papers would be required to print 16 million ballot papers. However, the commission has not yet determined the number of voters as the voters’ list is not yet finalized.
Director of JEMC Kapil Dev Pokharel said there would be no problem for papers as JEMC has sufficient papers in stock.
Various types of ballot papers would be required for this time. Spokesperson Sharma informed that preparations are underway to print at least six different types of ballot papers.
Long ballot papers would be printed for Kathmandu valley that has highest number of political parties registered, while small-sized ballot papers would be printed for Manang as it has smallest number of parties registered.
The commission has estimated that printing six different types of ballot papers would require around 45 days.
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