GAITGHAT, August 3: The High Court, Okhaldhunga has issued an interim order in the name of newly elected people's representatives of the Belaka Municipality-4 in Udyapur district not to start works until a next verdict or a decision.
A division bench comprising judges Tekraj Nepal and Deependra Bahadur Bam Wednesday gave the order in response to disputes surfaced after four ballots exceeding the recorded number of cast ballots in the Ward No. 4 of Belaka Municipality were found. The election was held on June 31.
Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center), stating that they would not entertain the extra ballots, demanded the re-election or recounting.
However, the polling officer allowed to complete the voting and CPN (UML) candidate Deepak Dangal and other four members were announced victorious in the election.
Following this, NC and CPN (MC) candidates filed a writ petition at the court against the announcement, naming Belaka Municipality election officer Hari Prasad Pokhrel and voting officer Shyam Narayan Pundit, among others as defendants.
However, the UML had won the majority posts including the mayor and deputy mayor in the municipality. RSS