Counting of votes for parliamentary and provincial assembly elections in Nepal.
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The Nepali Congress (NC)-led coalition on Tuesday appeared to be inching closer to securing a majority in parliamentary elections in Nepal as the counting of votes for parliamentary and provincial elections began amid tight security. The ruling coalition has either won or its candidates are leading in about 70 seats. Nepal’s main opposition party CPN-UML (Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist) has so far won two seats and is leading in another 40 seats.
voting took place on sunday
The NC-led coalition includes the CPN-Maoist Center and the CPN-Unified Socialist Parties. Voting was held on Sunday for the House of Representatives and the Legislative Assemblies of seven provinces in the Himalayan country. The counting of votes started on Monday. Of the 275 members of parliament, 165 will be elected through direct voting, while the remaining 110 will be elected through a proportional election system. Similarly, out of a total of 550 members of the provincial assemblies, 330 would be directly elected and 220 would be elected proportionally.
According to Election Commission officials, Nepali Congress has opened its account in Kathmandu district. Party candidate Prakash Man Singh has won from Kathmandu-1 seat. Singh got a total of 7,140 votes, while his nearest rival and Rashtriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) candidate Ravindra Mishra got 7,011 votes. Nepali Congress General Secretary Gagan Thapa won the election to the House of Representatives from Kathmandu Constituency No. 4 by a margin of about 7,500 votes. He defeated Rajan Bhattarai of CPN-UML. Thapa got 21,294 votes while Bhattarai got 13,853 votes.
Prime Minister and President of Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba ahead
Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba is leading by 6,124 votes over his nearest rival Sagar Dhakal in Dadeldhura district. He has got 13,126 votes so far. His nearest rival, Independent candidate Sagar Dhakal got 7,002 votes. The Nepali Congress also won one seat in Manag district. Party candidate Tek Bahadur Gurung got 2,547 votes as against 2,247 votes of his nearest rival Palden Gurung here. The Nepali Congress also managed to register a victory in the Mustang constituency. Party’s candidate Yogendra Thakali has won here.
According to Election Commission officials, NC is leading in 47 other HOR seats. Whereas, CPN-UML has won the first seat in Lalitpur-2 constituency. Prem Bahadur Maharajan defeated Sudin Shakya of Hamro Nepali Party by a margin of 6,139 votes. Maharajan got 15,025 votes while Shakya got 8,886 votes. Krishna Gopal Shrestha of the CPN-UML won a seat in the House of Representatives from the Kathmandu-9 constituency. He got 11,956 votes against 10,961 votes of his rival Tek Bahadur Pokhriyal of Rashtriya Swatantra Party. Meanwhile, CPN-Maoist President Pushpakamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is leading from Gorkha-2 constituency. He has so far secured 7,057 votes against RSP’s Kavinder Burlakoti’s 1,929 votes.
Former prime minister and CPN-UML president KP Sharma Oli is leading from Jhapa-5 constituency. Nagarik Immunti Party candidate Gangaram Choudhary won the election to the House of Representatives from Kailali-3 constituency. He got 23,120 votes while Kundan Chowdhary of CPN-Maoist Center got 17,749 votes. According to Election Commission officials, CPN-Maoist Center is leading in 14 House of Representatives seats, National Independent Party in 11, CPN-Unified Socialist in 7, National Democracy Party in 6 and Civil Liberation Party in 3 seats.
Of the 275 members of parliament, 165 are elected by direct vote.
Over 17.9 million voters were eligible to vote to elect the House of Representatives and provincial assemblies. Of the 275 members of parliament, 165 will be elected through direct voting, while the remaining 110 will be elected through a proportional election system. Electors also voted to elect representatives to seven provincial assemblies. Out of a total of 550 members of the provincial assemblies, 330 are directly elected and 220 are elected proportionally.
Should develop friendly relations with India and China: NC leader
Prakash Man Singh, a senior leader of the ruling Nepali Congress, said that Nepal’s new government should develop cordial and friendly relations with both India and China.
Prakash Man Singh has won the election to the House of Representatives by a margin of just 127 votes. Responding to a question at his residence here soon after winning the election, he said that when an appropriate opportunity comes, I will contest the election of the leader of the parliamentary party to head the new government.