"The mayor is more important than the prime minister for us and the ward chairman is greater than a minister. All of us are gathered here for democracy," said Sagar Lal Shrestha, a retired businessman. Earlier Sunday, an army ordnance disposal team safely detonated two explosive devices near the capital, Kathmandu, that were planted across from a candidate's house. A small communist party known for past violence had threatened to disrupt the polls, saying the country needs more political reforms before it can be ready for such elections. Two years ago, lawmakers passed a new constitution to replace the old system of monarchy, and to lay out the rules for provincial and parliamentary polls. The constitution was considered a major victory, following eight years of political bickering over its terms. But not everyone was happy, and its passage sparked months of protests by ethnic groups in the south that felt shortchanged by how the document divided the country's districts. Nearly 50,000 candidates were vying for 13,556 positions on Sunday.
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