CHITWAN, August 2: District Election Office is conducting re-elections in ward number 19 of Bharatpur metropolis on Friday.
An all-party meeting on Tuesday unanimously agreed to conduct the elections on August 4 and the same date was later approved by the District Election Office, Chitwan.
With the re-poll decision, election officials burnt the canceled ballot papers of ward no 19. On Tuesday, candidates were busy visiting people's doors canvassing votes. The election office has enforced silent period starting midnight Tuesday.
The election in Bharatpur metropolis was conducted on June 28 but the ballot papers were torn at a time when counting was about to conclude.
Vote counting in Bharatpur was halted after some representatives of the CPN (Maoist Center) tore ballot papers at a time when CPN-UML candidate Devi Gyawali was leading the final vote count.
Out of the 29 wards in Bharatpur Metropolitan City, vote counting in 27 wards has already been completed. Votes from ward number 19 were being counted when the incident took place. The votes of ward 20 have yet to be counted.
Before the incident, UML's mayoral candidate Devi Gyawali was leading the count by 733 votes. While Gyawali had received a total of 41,641 votes, Maoist Center's candidate Renu Dahal was trailing with 40,908 votes.