Votes of both phases of federal/provincial polls to be counted together

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The Election Commission will conduct vote counting of the upcoming first and second phases of federal and provincial elections together.

Election Commission Spokesperson Nava Raj Dhakal said the ballot boxes of 32 districts where polling will be held on November 26 will be kept safely in the respective district headquarters. Counting will be started simultaneously across the country once the second phase of election is held in 45 districts on December 7.

"This is international practice as well," Spokesperson Dhakal stated.

The Election Commission had counted votes separately in the local election and had started counting immediately after the polling in the first two phases in six provinces. The third phase of local election is being held in Province 2 on September 18.