A polling precedent

By | News & Politics
A Nepalese woman exercising her right and voting in the election. Credit @Tumblr.com.

Nepal’s first general election since concluding the debate surrounding the monarchy recently occurred, and naturally the overall result may offer a more representative view of the direction which the public may be aiming to drive the nation. Whilst this may warrant the focus, the results may be secondary to the actual hosting of the vote itself, with this perhaps a more poignant focal point. The main reasoning behind this may be due to it providing the entirety of the population with an opportunity to make their voices heard, and impact their lives, and futures, via government representatives. Whilst the right to vote may be a consistent staple in Britain, and the majority of the Western world, it has yet to be implemented across the entirety of the globe. However, with Nepal potentially signalling innovation in this area of the world, the election may have a snowball effect in other areas, and therefore have a more significant impact than initially anticipated.

The polls themselves are the first under the newly implemented constitution, with this perhaps signalling a multitude of changes across the entire political system. This innovation may act as the catalyst for further equality for all; most notably, a proportion of seats in the assemblies are to be allocated to women, along with people from indigenous communities. This ultimately may be pivotal in creating viable and accessible pathways into politics for all, and with the desire for an influx of women to enter politics ever-increasing, Nepal may set a precedent for other nations to follow. With the nation also in an area of the world where opportunities for women may be superior elsewhere, they may simultaneously improve their quality of life, working in tandem with extending their rights.

More than 15 million people are eligible to vote in the elections, and the two phases in which voting will occur enables 77 districts to provide opportunities to make their voices heard. Whilst this may be an intelligent move from the organisers, as this may offer an accessible and achievable format in which all the population may vote, it may also enable the overarching goals of the nation to be reflected. This seems to be reiterated via a smorgasbord of people coming from various locations, including across mountain terrains, to exercise their right. As such, the vote appears to have bypassed geographical and class boundaries, thus showcasing the vast importance, and necessity, of these elections after years of challenging circumstances in the nation, with ultimately the involvement of all suggesting a forthcoming resolve.

Members of the public being addressed by a parliamentary candidate. Credit @PM_Nepal via Twitter.

Whilst a multitude of recent protests surrounding Conservative legislations may suggest the public in Britain may be voicing their opposition to the current leadership, the party itself was democratically voted in. As such, whilst the nation seems to be exercising a multitude of rights currently, these are still to be extended to the majority of the globe. Thus, whilst the public may campaign for further beneficial outcomes, it may be a right taken for granted. Therefore, it may be increasingly essential to elevate the standard of living across the globe, and if this may be achieved, including in other vital areas, such as same-sex marriage, the opportunity for global stability may increase.

Whilst the announcement itself may be beneficial for Nepal, as implementing a stable government may impact key areas including infrastructure and education, it may also have an effect on global stability, deemed increasingly important during Brexit negotiations. Yet, it may ultimately be more important to focus on the population of Nepal, and the opportunity which they have afforded. As such, continuously providing exposure for the nation may be a key contributor in ensuring these rights may continue, and others may ultimately be extended to the country. With a multitude of news reports, and the internet, enabling easy access to the situation in the country, it may therefore draw attention there, and unite the globe under a common goal.

How might this extend rights to the Nepalese lead to other opportunities being provided to the country?


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