Lalitpur, May 14

Lalitpur metropolis started counting of votes from ward 1 after the decision of all-party meeting held at 7:00 am, today.

Chiribabu Maharjan from the Nepali Congress, Hari Krishna Byanjankar from the CPN (UML) and Asta Bahadur Maharjan from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party have contested to the mayoral post of Lalitpur Metropolitan City while Manjali Shakya (Astha) from CPN (UML), Baburaj Bajracharya from the CPN (Maoist Centre) and Swornima Shakya from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party to the post of Deputy-Mayor.

Meanwhile, counting in Mahankaal Rural Municipality in Lalitpur has been postponed after some ballot papers were found without signature of election officer.

Dispute ensued after such ballot papers were found in course of vote counting.

Discussion among election candidates and political parties' representatives is underway, according to election officer Sushila Gyawali.

Counting of votes will resume after the meeting comes up with conclusion on the same, Gyawali said.

The rural municipality having 9,012 voters had recorded 7,600 votes (77.96 per cent) cast in the election, informed Gyawali.

Based on the votes counted so far, Nepali Congress's Ganesh KC is leading to the post of chairperson followed by CPN (Maoist Centre)'s Dolmaya Gole for vice-chair.