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First local-level elections in 20 years seen as a game-changer in the fledgling democracy

Voters look for change in Nepal's 'historic' elections

Women voters from Lalitpur display their voting identity cards after casting their ballot in Nepal's local elections. (Photo by Pragati Shahi) 

Pragati Shahi, Kathmandu

May 16, 2017

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May 14 is a day Jharana Khatri will remember for a very long time. So excited Khatri was that she could hardly sleep the previous night, in anticipation of making it to the polling station in Nepal's Lalitpur district. 

"I was super excited to vote for the first time," the 19-year-old said after visiting a polling station inside High View English Secondary School. The polls were for officials in municipal and village councils was the first in 20 years in what many are saying is a historic moment in Nepal's transition to democracy. 

"There was a lot of campaigning going on in my neighborhood and I felt it was my responsibility to come out and vote," she said.

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