Sunday, 26 November 2017

Sajha Sawal: Election Discuss | November 26th 2017

Posted by Anup Baral | November 26, 2017 :
As the Election Commission (EC) and the political parties have agreed to begin vote counting only after the casting of ballots in both phases of the parliamentary and provincial assembly elections are complete, safeguarding the ballot boxes for days is going to be a challenge. Unlike in the recent local elections, the election offices will not count the votes. Instead, the ballot boxes will be transported to the district headquarters of the 32 districts where first phase elections are taking place and stored there for nearly two weeks. Political parties have reached an understanding to begin the vote counting only when the second phase elections scheduled for December 7 are completed. They argue that the initial poll results may influence voters in the next round of elections. But stakeholders are worried the ballot boxes might be destroyed while being transported from polling booths to the district headquarters. “The army should not be allowed to guard the ballot boxes as we generally believe these should be kept under civilian control. So, keeping something precious like diamonds safe for days remains a challenging job,” said former chief election commissioner Bhojraj Pokharel, “Let's see how the EC manages it.”

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.