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Nepal voter "overwhelmed" to give birth in polling station

A Nepalese woman, excited to be voting for the first time, told Wednesday how she went into labour and gave birth at a polling station during elections in the Himalayan nation. Parbati Bhandari told AFP she was so keen to take part in polls on Tuesday to elect a constituent assembly that she walked 30 minutes to a polling station just six days before her due date. "As this was my first time, I was excited to vote, but about an hour after I reached the polling station I had sudden pain in my lower belly," the 20-year-old housewife said by phone.

Enthusiastic voting in northwest Pakistan despite bombs

Bomb attacks wounded 12 people outside polling stations in northwest Pakistan, police said, but many voters were not deterred from casting their ballots in Saturday's landmark polls. The vote marks the first time that an elected civilian administration has completed a full term and handed power to another through the ballot box in a country where there have been three military coups and four military rulers. In the region's main city of Peshawar, police said a bomb planted on a motorcycle and targeting women voters wounded eight people.

Hashimoto clarifies remarks on "comfort women" after flak

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on Wednesday sought to clarify his remarks on a system to recruit women into sexual servitude for Japan's soldiers during World War II, saying he personally does not condone the scheme. Two days after he made controversial remarks that the so-called comfort women were "necessary to maintain discipline" in the Japanese military, Hashimoto told reporters he simply stated a fact that people at the time had that kind of view.

UNDP in Pakistan supports new initiatives at polling stations

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is preparing to train polling staff for the May 11 general elections with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).According to UNDP the ECP demonstrated the polling process which includes several new initiatives taken to increase transparency and public confidence in the elections.Initiatives to be introduced at polling stations in the upcoming elections include the use of electoral rolls with voters’ photographs, new counting forms and tamper evident b

UNDP supports new initiatives at polling stations

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is preparing to train polling staff for the May 11 general elections with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
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