by Max Barry

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Region: The Western Isles

I will be busy with 2022 local Nepali elections for at least two weeks. This is second time in my life I am voting.

But AM, didn't you say you voted for Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) in past? Well, every voter has 7 votes (one for mayor, one for sub-mayor/vice-mayor, one for ward chairman, 2 for female ward-members of which one has to be a Dalit woman and 2 for other ward-members) and in 2017, the Marxist-Leninists and Maoists were in electoral alliance (there were even talks of merging into one big Left party, which would have been the largest communist party in South Asia, but that went nowhere as expected...communists try not to split for 2 seconds challenge - impossible).

It's much easier if you are a party loyalist and vote all seven straight. For most other folks, it's a difficult situation deciding where to place the Swastika stamp on the paper (only Kathmandu-basis get their fancy electoral machines...another reason to hate the elitist snobs in Kathmandu) without risking the ink the being splattered all over.

I have already been invited to motorcycle rallies by the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist). See you guys after a week or two.