Nepal closes open border with India ahead of local polls

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Nepal closes open border with India ahead of local polls

Kathmandu : Nepal on Wednesday closed its international borders with India and China for 72 hours ahead of Friday's local elections.

According to the Ministry of Interior, the government decided to close the borders to prevent any untoward incidents during the polls, which will be held in 753 local units.

A directive has been issued to the respective administration offices of the districts bordering India and China to implement the recommendations, according to Ministry spokesman Phanindra Mani Pokharel. During the 72-hour period, adjacent districts have been asked to halt all movements except emergency services.

Nepal has a 1,880-kilometer border with India and a 1,414-kilometer border with China. As many as 42 of the 77 districts share a border with either India or China, or both.