CJ Parajuli to administer oath to President Bhandari today
March 14, 2018 09:30 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, March 14: Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli will administer the oath of office and secrecy to President reelect Bidhya Devi Bhandari at 4 PM today.
Incumbent President Bhandari was elected for a new five-year term in the election held for the post earlier today.
Bhandari, who was backed by the ruling left alliance, secured votes from 245 federal parliament members and 415 provincial assembly members. Bhandari's rival Kumari Laxmi Rai, who was backed by the Nepali Congress (NC), secured votes from 78 members of the Federal Parliament and 116 Provincial Assembly members.
A vote of a member of central parliament (House of Representatives and National Assembly) is given a weightage of 79 while a vote of a provincial assembly member is given a weightage of 48. The vote of a member of parliament was multiplied by its weightage number of 79 and that of a provincial assembly member by its weightage number of 48 during the count.
Bhandari secured in total vote weightage of 39,275 while her rival Rai received 11,730. A candidate must secure 50 percent of the votes from the 880 voters in the electoral college to win the election. Bhandari won 74.4 percent of the total 862 votes cast on Tuesday.
Bhandari was elected as first female president and second head of state of the republic. Born in Bhojpur district, Bhandari studied her college-level education from Bhojpur and Morang districts prior to joining active politics.
President gets election certificate
The Election Commission has presented to President Bidya Devi Bhandari the certificate of her winning in the election to the post of President.
President Bhandari was elected to the post of President for a second term with overwhelming votes in the elections held on Tuesday.
Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav handed over the certificate of election to President Bhandari at the Rastrapati Bhawan, Shital Niwas on Tuesday evening itself.
On the occasion, Dr Yadav congratulated Pesident Bhandari on her re-election and wished her a successful term.