Vote counting resumes in Tribhuvan University:ANNISU-R stays away

Kathmandu, March 28:

The counting of votes at the Tribhuvan University Central Campus in Kirtipur resumed here this evening even as the

representatives of the Maoist-affiliated ANNISU-R boycotted the count expressing dissent over the process.

ANNISU-R’s presidential candidate Himal Sharma said his union had boycotted the counting process after the election committee failed to address its demands.

He claimed that his union boycotted the vote count as obstructing the process would not send a good message.

Sharma, however, said the election committee had assured him to meet their unions demands. “But they conspired against us,” he maintained.

The vote count was stalled on March 20 after counting more than 3,200 votes. The process came to a halt after the committee termed 321 votes secured by ANNISU-R candidates invalid..

However, the ANNISU-R has been maintaining that the boxes assigned to it in the ballot papers were comparatively smaller than that of other student unions.

Sharma was leading with 1,008 votes — followed by NSU’s Anjan Lama at 780 and ANNFSU’s Bidur Subba at 699 votes — when the counting process was stalled.