KATHMANDU, Feb 9: The CPN-UML has won nearly half the seats of the upper house in the elections held on Wednesday.
According to the Election Commission (EC), the UML which is poised to lead the new government won has 27 of the total 56 seats whereas the Nepali Congress (NC) has won 13 seats. The CPN (Maoist Center) bagged 12 seats followed by two seats each by Rastriya Janata Party Nepal and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal.
The constitution has a provision for a 59-member upper house. The upper house will get full shape once the government appoints three of its members as stated in the constitution.
An electoral college comprising the chiefs and deputy chiefs of 753 local units and members of the provincial assemblies voted to elect the upper house members. Fifty-two members from 13 parties were in the fray for the remaining upper house seats although only five managed to secure upper house seats.
With the announcement of the final upper house poll results, the EC is all set to allocate seats of central parliamentary Proportional Representation category and declare winners. "We cannot complete some technical works. So, the final central parliamentary seats under PR will be announced tomorrow," said EC Spokesperson Navaraj Dhakal.