SC stays EC's decision to hold re-polling in Bharatpur-19

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Monday has stayed the Election Commission's June 3 decision to hold re-election in Bharatpur Metropolitan City-19.

The Election Commission had made the decision to hold re-polling of Bharatpur Metropolitan City-19 on Saturday after the Maoist representatives had torn the ballot papers during counting of votes.

After a preliminary hearing on a writ, filed by ward member candidate Gunjaman Bishwakarma and advocate Tulasi Pandey seeking the SC intervention, a single bench of Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana ordered to maintain status quo on the EC decision till June 11, according to SC Spokesperson Mahendra Upadhyay.

Justice Rana has summoned both the plaintiffs and the EC to the SC for a discussion on June 11.

A total of 90 ballot papers were torn beyond discernability, allegedly by two Maoist representatives on May 29 midnight after seeing their mayoral candidate Renu Dahal constantly lagging behind CPN-UML's Devi Prasad Gyawali.

Renu Dahal, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's daughter, is common candidate of CPN Maoist Centre and Nepali Congress in Bharatpur Metropolis.