Nepalese authorities placed the army and police on full alert Saturday to ensure that the normally peaceful Himalayan kingdom's first attempt at democracy in 32 years is not marred by violence.

Sunday's elections are the result of mass protests last year against the royal-dominated partyless system of government.Thousands of troops, the entire 30,000-member police force and 42,000 reservists were deployed throughout the kingdom to even the remotest mountain villages in advance of the voting to choose the country's first House of Representatives.

The government said at least eight people died and more than 100 were injured in political violence during the monthlong election campaign, but some party officials said the actual figures were much higher.