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In pictures: Nepal returns to the polls
Nepal's election was marked by heavy security and high turnout.
Last updated: 19 Nov 2013 17:14
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Kathmandu, Nepal - Like the changing of the seasons or the wheel of Samsara, politics here in the world's highest country seem to be somewhat circular in nature. As polls opened on Tuesday morning for the first time since 2008, it was with a hint of deja vu.

Once again, ballot boxes were placed across this small, densely populated nation straddling the Himalayas, sat between the Asian superpowers of India and China. For the second time in recent memory, Nepalis rose to vote for a new body to draft a new constitution.  The last Constituent Assembly was dissolved in May 2012 after failing to complete the charter.

Nepal has seen a new government in almost every one of the past seven years, since a popular uprising brought an end to the royal Shah dynasty's rule, and simultaneously ended a decade-long civil war.

Here in the nation's capital, Kathmandu, polling stations operated under heavy government security. Squads of soldiers patrolled the near-empty streets, and vehicles were banned throughout the day.

In the morning, a bomb exploded in central Kathmandu, injuring three children.

Opposition parties called for a bhanda, or strike, for the ten days leading up to election. Most citizens, however, refused to comply, and the attempt to disrupt the election was unsuccessful.

Tomorrow the sun will come up again, albeit on busier streets. Election authorities will begin counting ballots. The people of Nepal will wait to find out who, for the second time, will be responsible for drafting their constitution.


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Nepali soldiers prevent people from entering a street where a bomb was found outside of a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


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A civilian covered his ears as Nepali government security forces detonated a bomb found outside a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera
Security focus and civilians watch as a bomb squad prepares to detonate an explosive device found outside of a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera
Security forces wave people away from a bomb found outside of a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera
A family walks past as soldiers patrol during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera
A member of Nepali security forces stops people from approaching after a bomb was found outside of a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera

People congregate in the streets - empty of vehicles - during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kathmandu.



/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera

Nepal soldiers arrive to detonate a bomb found outside of a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.



/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera
A Nepali woman smiles after receiving her ballot at Baghbhairab polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur, Kathmandu.


/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera
An elderly Nepali woman prepares to cast her ballot while a young man marks his at Baghbhairab Secondary School polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera

One of the remaining statues of a Nepalese king is seen at sunrise shortly before Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections opened in Kathmandu.



/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera
A Nepali woman receives her ballot during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera

Police control the flow of voters into Baghbhairab polling centre during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.



/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera
An elderly Nepali man casts his ballot with the aid of a family member at Baghbhairab Secondary School polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera
A policewoman stands guard as citizens cast their ballots at Baghbhairab polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera

Women queue to vote at Baghbhairab Temple polling centre during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.



/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera
Maoist party campaign flags fly in front of the Himalayas during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


/Brian Sokol/Panos/Al Jazeera
Local people in the area of Kirtipur queue to vote during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.


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A Nepali army soldier patrols empty streets during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.



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One of the remaining statues of a Nepalese king is seen at sunrise shortly before Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections opened in Kathmandu.

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Police control the flow of voters into Baghbhairab polling centre during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Women queue to vote at Baghbhairab Temple polling centre during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Security focus and civilians watch as a bomb squad prepares to detonate an explosive device found outside of a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Security forces wave people away from a bomb found outside of a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Security forces wave people away from a bomb found outside of a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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A member of Nepali security forces stops people from approaching after a bomb was found outside of a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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A member of Nepali security forces stops people from approaching after a bomb was found outside of a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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People congregate in the streets - empty of vehicles - during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in, Kathmandu.

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People congregate in the streets - empty of vehicles - during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in, Kathmandu.

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Nepal arm soldiers arrive to detonate a bomb found outside of a polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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A Nepali woman smiles after receiving her ballot at Baghbhairab polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur, Kathmandu.

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A Nepali woman smiles after receiving her ballot at Baghbhairab polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur, Kathmandu.

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An elderly Nepali woman prepares to cast her ballot while a young man marks his at Baghbhairab Secondary School polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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An elderly Nepali woman prepares to cast her ballot while a young man marks his at Baghbhairab Secondary School polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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One of the remaining statues of a Nepalese Shah king is seen at sunrise shortly before Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections opened in, Kathmandu.

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One of the remaining statues of a Nepalese Shah king is seen at sunrise shortly before Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections opened in, Kathmandu.

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A Nepali woman receives her ballot during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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A Nepali woman receives her ballot during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Police control the flow of voters into Baghbhairab polling center during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Police control the flow of voters into Baghbhairab polling center during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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An elderly Nepali man casts his ballot with the aid of a family member at Baghbhairab Secondary School polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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An elderly Nepali man casts his ballot with the aid of a family member at Baghbhairab Secondary School polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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A policewoman stands guard as citizens cast their ballots at Baghbhairab polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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A policewoman stands guard as citizens cast their ballots at Baghbhairab polling station during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Women queue to vote at Baghbhairab Temple polling center during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Women queue to vote at Baghbhairab Temple polling center during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Maoist party campaign flags fly in front of the Himalayas during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Maoist party campaign flags fly in front of the Himalayas during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Local people in the area of Kirtipur queue to vote during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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Local people in the area of Kirtipur queue to vote during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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A Nepali army soldier patrols empty streets during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.

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A Nepali army soldier patrols empty streets during Nepalese Constituent Assembly elections in Kirtipur.



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