Kathmandu, January 29
The Election Commission today said 24 National Assembly members had been elected unopposed.
Of the 56 NA posts, for which election is slated for February 7, the poll panel stated that election will be held only for 32 seats.
Twelve women, nine members from the open category, one Dalit and two from minorities and differently-abled categories were elected unopposed. EC Spokesperson Navaraj Dhakal said 52 candidates are in the race for 32 posts. He added that offices of respective provinces had published the final lists of candidates and provided them with election symbols. He said those elected unopposed would have to wait until February 7 to get victory certificates.
EC official Prem Prasad Sanjyal of Morang district said the returning officer announced unopposed victory of six NA members from Province 1 — three women and three from open category. He said election would be held for two seats — one reserved for Dalits and the other for a differently-abled candidate or one belonging to a minority group.
Radha Krishna Upreti, returning officer of Province 2, said all eight NA members of the province were elected unopposed.
Election will be held for all seats in provinces 3 and 6. Of the 17 candidates who filed to contest NA election from Province 3, three withdrew their candidacies. No one withdrew his/her candidacy from Province 6.
The EC said election would be held for seven NA posts in Province 7.
Prakash Panta, a differently-abled candidate from of Province 4, was elected unopposed after the EC invalidated candidacy of UML candidate Ram Bahadur Thapa, according to returning officer of Kaski Dipendra Adhikari.
Since three women were elected unopposed in Province 5, election will be held for five seats — three in the open category, one reserved for Dalits and one for a differently-abled candidate or belonging to a minority group.
Six NA members — three women and three from the open category — were elected unopposed in Province 7. Election will be held for two seats.
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A version of this article appears in print on January 30, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.