Yes, there is no doubt that election is in the air. The proof to it is people have started to exchange greetings with each other as “Happy Election”. I actually heard it from one of the external consultant, whom we have hired to facilitate for one of the administrative task in office. However, I have never imagined that people can also find it as a way of connecting with each other.
On the other hand, there is no huge evidence of publicity of the candidates via campaigns, rally, miking, speech, posters, pamphlets and banners as it used to be in previous elections. The publicity campaign can be noticed occasionally only as the code of conduct set by the Election Commission of Nepal prevents them to do so.
With the Constituent Assembly Election day i.e. 19 November approaching nearer, transportation strike announced by CPN-M led alliance from 11 – 19 November against the election has caused most of the people to step a feet away from their comfort zone. Plus, The Federal Democratic National Front-affiliated Federal Limbuwan State Council (FLSC) is also supporting the nationwide strike. Despite the strike, few vehicles are in operation but throwing of petrol bomb at running public vehicles have caused terror in the common public.
We also are aware that there are 205 seats for Direct electoral system and 396 for Proportionate electoral system but the hope of winning of 33% seats by female will be the significant thing in order to help females to represent all the other women residing in the male dominant society.
Even the organisations and government office have provided holiday so that people can go and vote in their own areas. With all this, election no doubt has been a hot cake for everyone where as, people are to some extent tired with the leadership of the political parties leading the nation no where and more in the state of turmoil.
Finally, we all pray the election to happen in a peace environment with no news of violence. May the best party/candidate win (with the inclusion of all the groups) and bring the change which we Nepali citizen have been eagerly waiting for.