Published: February 8, 2018
This is the fourth of a series of quarterly reports from the Nepal Peace Monitoring Project (PMP). The PMP uses a methodology similar to NepalMonitor.org’s alert and mapping system, with a focus on gathering information on violence and political conteation. The PMP’s goal is to improve our understanding of violence in Nepal to better respond to it and promote peace.
On November 26 and December 7, Nepal held its first elections to the House of Representatives and provincial assemblies under the new constitution promulgated on September 20, 2015. Both elections were held simultaneously in two phases and followed elections to local units held earlier in the year on May 14, June 28 and September 18. For the House of Representatives and provincial assemblies elections, the PMP recorded 476 election related incidents (319 of them violent). 247 people were injured and two people died in separate incidents of electoral violence.
In total, the PMP recorded 919 incidents this quarter (639 violent and 280 nonviolent). Half of these incidents were election related. In comparison to the previous quarter, this quarter witnessed an overall increase in incidents by 35 percent but a decrease in fatalities due to violence by 10 percent (from 118 in third quarter to 106). As in the past, disputes of a personal nature and gender-based violence (GBV) remained the leading causes for violent deaths, killing 43 and 28 people respectively in the period under review.