KATHMANDU, May 31: A by-election is being held in Lumbini province for one vacant member post of the National Assembly today.
Three polling stations have been set up at the Karmachari Milan Kendra premises in Ghorahi of Dang district. Gehendra Kunwar, information officer at Election Office, said that polling will be held from 9 AM to 3 PM. He said that all the preparations for the election have been completed. Kunwar informed that Provincial Assembly members and mayors and deputy mayors of local levels are arriving in Dang to cast their votes.
The post fell vacant after the party took action against Chandra Bahadur Khadka of Arghakhanchi after he joined the CPN-UML.
CPN-UML has fielded Chandra Bahadur Khadka as its candidate. Dirghanarayan Pandey from Nepali Congress has also contested for the post. The Election Office has already given the tree election symbol to Pandey and the sun symbol to Khadka. Both the ruling and opposition alliances have claimed that they will secure the position in the by-election.
Opposition coalition claims that there will be floor crossings in Lumbini as it did in Bagmati.