Nepali Congress to conclude vote count on Monday

KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress Election Committee said it would conclude the snail-paced vote counting of Central Working Committee elections, on Monday.

The elections were held on last Sunday.

Results of the party president, general secretary, treasurer and 22 CWC members from women, Muslim, Janajati, Dalit and Madhesi categories were already out.

The party is yet to announce results of the elections held for 25 CWC members in the open category and 14 in the provincial representation category.

According to the Election Committee secretary Pradip Parajuli, by Sunday evening, total 2,750 votes have been counted in the open category and 1,400 in the provincial representation.

Total 3,148 representatives had cast votes in the election.

According to latest vote updates, those belonging to newly elected President Sher Bahadur Deuba-led faction have held majority in the list of top 25 contenders in the open category.

Shekhar Koirala has been leading the count with 1615 counts.

In the provincial representation category, both factions of the party led by Deuba and the defeated presidential candidate Ram Shandra Paudel have equal shares.

With only 398 votes to be counted, the top 25 contenders have maintained a clear lead against others. Minendra Rijal, who is currently in the 25th position, is 118 votes ahead from the 26th candidate, Padma Narayan Chaudhary. It is hence unlikely that those below Rijal in the list now will make the CWC berth.