March 13, 2018 04:17 PM NPT
Photo by: Keshab Thoker Tamang
KATHMANDU, Mar 13: The counting of the votes of the Presidential election has begun at New Baneshwar on Tuesday afternoon.
The voting is likely to conclude by Tuesday evening itself. Earlier, the voting began at 10 am and will continue until 3 pm. Separate polling centers were set up for members of Federal Parliament and Provincial Assemblies. Likewise, separate lines have been arranged for male and female voters.
A total of 880 members of the Federal Parliament (House of Representatives and National Assembly) and Provincial Assemblies will cast their ballot in the elections (549 provincial assembly members, and 331 parliamentary members).
This is the third election to elect the president since the country adopted Federal Democratic Republic system nine years ago. Two presidential elections were held in the past. Dr Ram Baran Yadav was first elected as president in 2008.
Incumbent President Bidya Devi Bahdari succeeded Yadav as the second head of the state. Backed by the left coalition of ruling CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) and some other small political parties Bhandari is running for the second consecutive term in office. Likewise, former lawmaker Kumari Laxmi Rai is a candidate for the main opposition Nepali Congress.