Kathmandu: The vote counting of the local-level elections is underway in five metropolitan cities on Saturday afternoon.
As per the latest update, the ruling alliance candidates have maintained a lead in metropolises except for Kathmandu. The vote counting has been completed in Biratnagar. Nagesh Koirala of the Nepali Congress secured a win for a mayoral post in Biratnagar garnering 30,170 votes. His closest rival Sagar Kumar Thapa of UML received 21,455 votes.
Independent candidate Balen Shah is leading in the mayoral race in Kathmandu, Renu Dahal of CPN (Maoist Center) in Bharatpur, Chiribabu Maharjan of Nepali Congress in Lalitpur, Dhanraj Acharya of CPN (Unified Socialist) in Pokhara and Rajeshman Singh of Janata Samajwadi Party in Birgunj.
Here is the latest update of metropolises:
Independent candidate Balen Shah: 33,260
CPN-UML candidate Keshav Sthapit: 17,692
Nepali Congress candidate Sirjana Singh: 17,579
Renu Dahal (CPN (Maoist Center): 21267
Vijay Subedi (UML): 18075
Jagannath Poudel (Independent): 7983
Chiribabu Maharjan (NC): 26236
Harikrishna Byajankar (UML): 15307
Ashta Maharjan (RPP): 2610
Dhanraj Acharya (CPN (Unified Socialist): 33321
Krishna Thapa (UML): 29822
Rajeshman Singh (Janata Samajwadi Party): 26098
Vijay Sarawagi (UML): 13508
Girish Giri (RPP): 1629