Kathmandu: Delaying two hours in schedule, voting began at 4:00 am today for electing party leadership in the ongoing 10th National Congress of UML in Chitwan.
For the post of party chair, KP Sharma Oli and Dr Bhim Rawal are in the fray. Various leaders including Oli and Rawal have cast their votes. Electronic voting is being conducted.
The voting is being held for the post of party chair, vice chair and secretary. Similarly, the categories to have election are for central committee- members (open), Province-1 (geographical) open, Province-1 women, inclusive (open), Tharu (open), backward community and women central members in Sudurpaschim Province.
Election to other posts was held in consensus.
For the post of six vice chairs and seven secretaries, nine leaders have filed candidacies. Those claiming the vice chair post are Yubaraj Gyawali, Astalaxmi Shakya, Surendra Pande, Ram Bahadur Thapa, Subash Chandra Nembang, Bishnu Poudel and Ghanashyam Bhushal.
Similarly, Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Raghubir Mahaseth, Chhabilal Bishwokarma, Lekhraj Bhatta, Yogesh Bhattarai, Gokarna Bista, Padma Aryal, Bhim Acharya and Tanka Karki filed candidacies for the post of secretary.