Kathmandu: Nepali Congress (NC) cadres are currently busy soliciting votes for their leaders to win the election at the 14th General Convention.
Leaders and cadres have been busy since morning to seek votes for their leader. They are asking for votes by displaying banners, photos and audio materials of the preferred leaders. Bhrikuti Mandap area, the convention venue, is teeming with cadres, leaders and representatives.
Leaders seem to have given priority to hoarding boards to attract votes in their favor; Kathmandu’s major roads and hotels where the delegates are staying are peppered with them carrying photos of the candidates. Similarly, the cadres have labeled hats, t-shirts, jackets, water bottles, pens and other materials with their favored leaders’ names.
Incumbent President of the party and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Deputy President Bimalendra Nidhi, Former General Secretary Prakash Man Singh, Central Member Dr Shekhar Koirala, Central Member Kalyan Kumar Gurung and General Convention Representative Yubaraj Neupane have filed nominations for the post of the party President.
Presidential candidates Deuba and Dr Koirala have proposed a panel in all the available posts while Nidhi, Singh, Gurung and Neupane have not formed a full panel.
The deadline for withdrawal of nomination papers is 11 am today while the final list of candidates will be published at 12:15 pm and voting will be held from 8 am on November 13, said election committee coordinator Gopal Krishna Ghimire.
Voting will take place at Bhrikuti Mandap and Rastriya Sabha Griha. There will be 29 types of ballot papers in the polling and ballot papers of different sizes and colors will be arranged according to the number of candidates and posts.
Voting will take place to elect one chairperson, two deputy chairpersons, two general secretaries, eight joint general secretaries and eight joint general secretaries from among the office bearers of the Congress Central Working Committee. The treasurer will be elected from among the elected central members.
Polls will also take place for the central members in various categories.