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Candidacy nominations for new president today

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KATHMANDU — The registration of candidacy for the election to the post of President is taking place Wednesday.

The Election Commission has called for candidacy nominations from those aspiring to become the third president of the country from 10 am to 2 pm today at the EC’s temporary office set up on the premises of parliament at New Baneshwar, according to Spokesperson for the Election Commission, Nawaraj Dhakal.

The election of the president for the second time since the promulgation of the constitution in 2015 will be as per the new law that allows provincial assembly members also to vote.

As per the election schedule, the final list of candidates would be published at 6 pm on March 8.

The Election Commission has published the voters’ list for the President election today. The members of the House of Representatives, the National Assembly and the State Assemblies are the voters. There are 880 voters for the election to the President.

However, the names of the three people nominated to the National Assembly by the President on the recommendation of the government and that of State Assembly member Rajib Gurung have not been included in the voters list.

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The election to the post of president is taking place on March 13 in connection with implementation of the Constitution of Nepal after the election to the House of Representatives and the National Assembly. The time for the election is from 10 am to 3 pm.

The Parliament Building at Naya Baneshwar has been designated as the polling centre for the election.So far none of the political parties has officially announced their candidates to contest for the third President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

Dr Ram Baran Yadav was elected the first President and the incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari is the second person elected to the post after the country was declared a republic.

Meanwhile, the 101st meeting of the CPN-UML Standing Committee has decided to endorse incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s candidacy for the next term of Office. The meeting that concluded late at Tuesday night made the decision.

With this decision, President Bhandari’s continuity into the next term is almost confirmed.

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Seventh day of Bada Dashin, Fulpati being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today on the occasion of the Dashain festival, Fulpati is being observed as per tradition throughout the country.

Fulpati, an assortment of flowers, leaves and fruits of different plants considered auspicious, is anointed at the Dashainghar on the seventh day of the Dashain festival.

The Fulpati is brought to Kathmandu as per the Vedic rituals to be anointed at the Dashainghar at the Hanumandhoka Durbar.

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The Gurujyuko Platoon, the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, and high-ranking officials of Armed Police Force and civil service, the Asha Gurja team, band music, and panchebaja bands and decorated kalsyoulis, and a procession along with cultural pageantry leave Hanuman Dhoka for Jamal with the Fulpati.

During the monarchy, the King, as the Head of State, used to attend the Fulpati ritual at Dashainghar, but with the foundation of Republic, the Minister for Culture is attending, said the Durbar Museum Development Committee.

The auspicious hour to bring the Fulpati this year is fixed at 4:00pm. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, and local level representatives in Kathmandu have been invited to the ritual.

Though the Dashain festival begins from Ghatasthapana, the festival sees special fervor from the day of Fulpati.

All government as well as private offices remain closed from today encouraging people to go back to their respective ancestral homes and take blessings from Durga Bhawani as well as their elders.

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