KATHMANDU — Voting has begun at the parliament in New Baneshwar for election of the new President of the country on Tuesday.
The result will be out by the evening,according to Election Commission’s spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal.
Incumbent President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is standing in the fray for her second term where as Laxmi Rai from the opposition Nepali Congress has challenged her.
A total of a total of 330 lawmakers from the Federal Parliament and 550 lawmakers from the Provincial Council are eligible to vote. Currently, there are 275 lawmakers in House of Representatives and 59 in the National Assembly.
The vote weightage of lawmaker of Federal Parliament is 79, whereas it is 48 of the lawmakers from the Provincial Council. The combined vote weightage of the votes as per the calculations now is 26,000 and 70.
A total of 549 lawmakers from the Provincial Council will vote to elect new president which will have the total vote weightage of 26,352.
The calculation of the votes to be cast in favour of incumbent President Bhandari from left alliance is 33,575 where as the main opposition Nepali Congress has the vote weightage of 11,428 only.
The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) has a total of 148 lawmakers in National Assembly and House of Representative or the Federal Assembly. Likewsie, a total of 243 are in Provincial Councils. They all have the vote weightage of 23,356 with 10,319 votes from the Maoist Center.
Other fringe parties — the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal and the Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal — are expected to vote in favour of Bhandari assuring Bhandari’s continuation over the post.Follow @gorkhapost
Red corner notice issued against Deepak Manange
KATHMANDU — International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has issued red corner notice against fugitive assembly member of province 4 Rajib Gurung alias Deepak Manange.
Nepal Police headquarters had requested Interpol to issue red corner notice against Manange after the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police report that he was not in the country.
The issuance of red corner notice means police of 192 members countries of Interpol will be searching for Manange.
Earlier in January, the Supreme Court (SC) had convicted Manange along with three others in attempted murder case of Chakre Milan (Milan Gurung) and sentenced him to five years in prison.
Nepal police then sent documents to the Interpol headquarters on February 22 to issue the notice, which Interpol had refused to issue.
Manange, who was elected as an independent candidate to a provincial assembly seat from Manang district, has had several run-ins with the law on numerous criminal charges in the past.Follow @gorkhapost