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Vote counting of first phase elections begins; left alliance takes lead in early counting

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KATHMANDU — Vote counting has started for the first phase polls in the 32 districts to elect representatives for the lower house of the Federal Parliament and State Assemblies held on November 26, 2017.

The counting began in most of the districts after 5pm following all party meetings yesterday.

The first phase of elections will elect 37 members in federal parliament and 74 members in provincial assembly from these 32 districts.

In the early vote counting of the parliamentary and provincial elections, the left alliance of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) has taken lead.

Left alliance is leading in 29 federal constituencies and 39 provincial constituencies while the Nepali Congress has been leading in 5 federal constituencies and three provincial constituencies.

There are 330 provincial constituencies in all seven provinces. The elections were held under both frist-past-the-post (FPTP) and proportional representation (PR) systems. The election was held for 110 federal seats under PR category and 220 provincial seats under PR category.

The counting of second phase elections held in 45 districts on Thursday is likely to start from Friday morning.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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