KATHMANDU, May 27: Independent candidate Balendra Shah has been elected as Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC). He has received 61,767 votes.
Srijana Singh, the ruling alliance candidate from the Nepali Congress, was behind Shah with 38,341 votes while CPN-UML candidate Keshav Sthapit was left in the third position. Sthapit has received 38,117 votes.
Similarly, Sunita Dangol of CPN-UML has won the post of Deputy Mayor of KMC. Sunita has received 68,612 votes while her nearest rival Rameshwor Shrestha of CPN (Unified Socialist) got 23,806 votes.
Including independent candidates, 56 persons had contested for the mayoral candidacy of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City while 35 candidates were vying for the post of deputy mayor of the city. Among the 32 wards, Nepali Congress won ward chair in 19 wards, UML in 12 wards and CPN (Unified Socialist) in one ward. Ishwor Man Dangol of CPN (Unified Socialist) won the election as the ward chair in ward no. 12 of the city.
There are a total of 300,242 registered voters in KMC but only a little over half of them cast their votes in the May 13 local polls.