CHITWAN, August 5: With the preliminary vote count results of the final ward of Bharatpur Metropolitan City coming out, CPN (Maoist Center) candidate Renu Dahal is inching closer to her rival Devi Gyawali of CPN-UML with a difference of 76 votes.
Of the total 3,302 votes cast in ward 20, 12,00 votes have been counted.
Since Nepali Congress has a stronghold in this ward, UML is unlikely to garner a significant number of votes.
The first phase of local level elections were held in Bharatpur Metropolitan City on May 14.
The reelections were held in ward no. 19 of the Bharatpur metropolis yesterday after the ballot papers were torn off by Maoist Center poll representatives at night of May 28.
Vote count of ward no 19 was underway after completing 27 wards during the period.
The votes of ward 20 were yet to be counted after a halt in vote counting following the incident.
The re-elections were held in ward no. 19 of the Bharatpur metropolis yesterday after the ballot papers were torn off by Maoist Center representatives at night on May 28.
Vote count of ward no 19 was underway after completing 27 wards.
The votes of ward no. 20 remained to be counted following the ballot paper tearing incident.
Police had arrested Maoist Center representatives Drona Babu Siwakoti and Madhu Neupane. A case has been filed against them at Chitwan District Court. The vote count was halted after the ballot paper tearing incident.
UML had demanded to resume vote count without further delay while the Nepali Congress and Maoist Center asked the Election Commission to conduct repolling in this ward.
EC had decided to hold elections once again. UML filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court against the EC’s decision. SC upheld EC’s decision.