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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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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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