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Voting begins to elect new President

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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.

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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.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

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Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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