KATHMANDU, Nov 26: Former Prime Minister and candidate of Ilam Constituency-1 for the House of Representatives (HoR) from CPN (Unified Socialist) Jhalanath Khanal has accused of vote rigging in his constituency. Khanal has called for reelection in Ilam-1, claiming vote rigging there.
Talking to the media on Saturday, Khanal said, “Electoral fraud has taken place. The documents state 2,424 vote cast but 2,690 ballot papers were found during the vote count. A total of 266 more ballot papers were found.” He has further stated that those ballot papers should not be recognized as per the Election Act questioning why more ballot papers were dropped than the stated ones.
So far, CPN (UML) candidate Mahesh Basnet from Ilam-1 has bagged 18,542 votes, which is 2,455 votes more than obtained by former PM Khanal. The CPN (Unified Socialist) candidate Khanal has secured 16,087 votes so far.
Of the total 59,906 votes cast, 17,259 votes are left to counted in the constituency. However, Khanal has called for reelection claiming election fraud. (RSS)