NC’s General Convention: Second round of voting for President underway

The second round of voting is being held as no candidates for the President were able to secure 51 percent of the total votes cast in the first round of voting.

Representatives wait for their turn to cast vote in the NC’s General Convention. (File photo)

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Kathmandu: The revote for electing Nepali Congress President under the party 14th General Convention has started at the Rastriya Sabha Griha and the Bhrikutimandap on Tuesday afternoon.

The second round of voting is being held as no candidates for the President were able to secure 51 percent of the total votes cast in the first round of voting held Monday to win the election as per the party’s statute.

In the election held yesterday, Deuba had received h 2,258 votes while his nearest competitor Dr Shekhar Koirala obtained 1,702 votes. Likewise, Prakashman Singh got 371 votes followed by 250 by Bimalendra Nidhi and 22 votes by Kalyan Gurung. Now, only Deuba and Koirala are in the race for the NC’s presidency after Singh, Nidhi and Gurung decided to support Deuba.

As per the party statute, a candidate must secure over 50 percent of the total cast votes to win the Party President post and in the absence of any candidate meeting the requirement in the first round of the election, voting shall be conducted again among the two competitors with highest votes.

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