Kathmandu: Voting in the election of the central office-bearers and central committee members is underway in the Nepali Congress (NC)’s 14th General Convention. NC leader Kul Bahadur Gurung cast the first ballot for the voting at the polling station in Rastriya Sabha Griha.
Though the voting was scheduled to start at 8 am today, it was delayed due to some technical reasons. It is said the voting was halted due to the delay in printing the ballot papers.
The party Central Election Committee said 487 candidates are vying for 134 posts. As per the Nepali Congress statute, the election is held for 134 posts of the 167-member central working committee while the party president nominates the remaining 33 members, including the treasurer.
Arrangements have been made for ‘full body’ sanitization for the voters in view of the possible risk of Covid-19. Security has been beefed up at the voting station premises. Foolproof security arrangements have been made as the dignitaries including Prime Minister and party president, the Home Minister and Ministers will also be participating in the voting.
The candidates for the party president, vice president, general secretary, assistant general secretary, and central member posts are seen campaigning accompanied by cultural tableaus and musical bands asking for votes at the Bhrikutimandap precincts.
The general convention representatives have queued up at the voting stations at the Rashtriya Sabha Griha and Bhrikutimandap for the voting.