Nepal’s Election Preparations Undercut by Political Violence

Nepal’s Election Preparations Undercut by Political Violence

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Despite high hopes for Nepal's "historic" April 10 vote, the early campaign period has indicated that elections will not be free, will not be fair and certainly won't be fast.

Instead, expect ongoing violence between political parties, widespread voter intimidation and a result around, say, two months after election day.

That's not to say the months of planning and millions of dollars will be a complete waste, but the vote probably won't herald the birth of a "New Nepal," as so many have hoped for after 10 years of civil war and half a decade of dubious democracy.

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