Published: Sun, December 10, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Parliamentary elections: Nepal's Left alliance wins 81 seats, heading towards majority

Parliamentary elections: Nepal's Left alliance wins 81 seats, heading towards majority

The ruling Nepali Congress (NC), which was the largest party in the last election, managed to win only 12 seats, according to tallies.

Oli won from the Jhapa-5 constituency by more than 28,000 votes as he defeated Nepali Congress candidate Khagendra Adhikari. In total 4,482 candidates, including Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, will be trying their fate in the final phase.

An official from the election commission pours the ballot papers from the box, as officials start counting the votes, a day after the parliamentary and provincial elections in Kathmandu, Nepal December 8, 2017.

The NC is expected to perform better in the proportionate voting, which was evident from the initial counting trends. All the other former Prime Ministers of the alliance - Maoist Chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Jhalanath Khanal and Oli - were leading in their respective constituencies.

"The Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) succeeded with the logistical preparations as well as the operational aspects of conducting the elections in two phases, despite the date for the election set by the government just 97 days before the first election date", the European Commission Election Observation Mission has said.

Two former Prime Ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai have also won.

Upendra Yadav of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal is the first Madhesi leader to win the election from Saptari 2.

Until then, the Maoists formed the government coalition with the Nepalese Congress, which faced strong opposition from the CPN-UML.

There was a tacit understanding among three key leaders of the alliance to share the three top posts, reliable sources have claimed.

The voting is taking place for 128 constituencies of Parliament's House of Representatives and 256 seats of Provincial Assemblies in 45 districts.

Earlier, Nepal had held the first phase of parliamentary and provincial assembly elections in 32 mountainous and hilly districts on November 26. In the assembly, 165 seats are directly elected and 110 are allocated to parties based on proportional representation. In the second phase, 67 per cent voter turnout was registered.

Nepali people also voted to elect 330 candidates to form provincial assemblies in seven provinces, while another 220 provincial lawmakers will be elected later.

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