UML leading with NC not far behind
Kathmandu, May 20
The CPN-UML won 108 posts — mayors of municipalities and chiefs of rural municipalities — on the fifth day of vote counting.
Similarly, the Nepali Congress won 100 posts — mayors of municipalities or chiefs of rural municipalities.
According to the Election Commission, UML candidates were elected in 32 mayoral posts. Similarly, 76 UML candidates won chiefs of rural municipalities. The party is leading in 14 local levels.
Out of 100 local levels that the NC has won, at least 24 NC candidates won mayoral posts. Seventy-six candidates won chiefs of rural municipalities. The NC is leading in five municipalities and rural municipalities.
The CPN-Maoist Centre is in third position. CPN-MC candidates won chiefs of 46 local levels including seven mayoral posts.
Candidates of Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Naya Shakti Party Nepal won chief of at least one rural municipality each.
Nepal Workers and Peasants Party’s candidate won all the seats, including the post of mayor in Bhaktapur Municipality.
NWPP made a clean sweep in Bhaktapur Municipality, bagging all 52 posts of the municipality with a huge margin of votes.
The party’s mayoral candidate Sunil Prajapati defeated NC’s mayoral candidate Ram Prasad Kashul with a huge margin securing 25,568 votes against Kashul’s 6,534 votes.
NWPP’s Deputy Mayor candidate Rajani Joshi got 25,660 votes, whereas NC’s Gangalaxmi Awal got just 6,550 votes.
In Kathmandu Metropolitan City, UML mayoral candidate Bidya Sundar Shakya was leading the race with 19,192 votes while NC’s Raju Raj Joshi was trailing in second position with 13,299 votes as of 9:00pm today.
The contest between the UML and NC candidates for mayoral post in Lalitpur Metropolitan City seems tough.
Nepali Congress’ mayoral candidate in Lalitpur Metropolitan City Chiri Babu Maharjan is leading with 16,613 votes, while UML’s Hari Krishna Byanjankar is trailing with 14,901 votes.
Officials at the Election Commission said results of over 95 per cent local levels had already been announced by today evening.