Kathmandu, Dec 7 (RSS): Forty per cent of voters have cast their ballots as of 13 hrs today under the second phase and final phase of elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies. The twin elections began at 7:00 am simultaneously in 45 districts of all seven provinces. According to the Joint Election Operation Center based in the Election Commission, as of now, the voting is underway peacefully in all polling centers with people’s enthusiastic participation. The voting will continue till 5 pm. Twelve million 235 thousand 993 voters in the 45 districts will exercise their franchise rights today in the elections. Voting is taking place at 15,344 polling stations of 7,752 voting areas in 128 House of Representatives election constituencies and 256 State Assembly electoral constituencies. Registered voters who enter the polling stations until 5 pm will be allowed to vote, according to the Election Commission. They are barred from carrying mobile phones, lighter and other paraphernalia inside the polling stations.