Nepal elections: 50 per cent voters` turnout till 1 pm

Three children were injured after a bomb blast was reported in Kathmandu even as millions of people are headed to poll booths on Tuesday to elect its second Constituent Assembly.

Updated: Nov 19, 2013, 16:24 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Kathmandu: Around 50 per cent voters turned up at polling booths to cast their votes across the country to elect its second Constituent Assembly.

The elected Constituent Assembly will be entrusted with the crucial task of drafting a Constitution aiming to end a political stalemate.

Three children were injured after a bomb blast was reported in Kathmandu even as millions of people are headed to poll booths on Tuesday.

The country is witnessing its second voting in a decade after the end of Maoist uprising in 2006 which ended the rule of monarchy.
An unsuccessful attempt to write a Constitution was made after polls in 2008, in which the first Constituent assembly was elected, after the political parties failed to reach a consensus.

Around 12 million people have reportedly registered themselves for voting in the elections.

The Nepal Constituent Assembly reportedly has 601 seats and will also function as Parliament for the coming five years.

Heavy security forces were deployed at the polling booths after calls for election boycott were made and incidents of violence took place in the country in the past few days.

Despite calls of election boycott, queues of voters were seen standing outside the polling booth guarded heavily by the security forces early today.