Bharatpur repolling: Hearing deferred till next week

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Kathmandu, July 10

The Supreme Court on Monday failed to resume hearing on a writ filed against the Election Commission’s decision to redo voting in ward 19 of Bharatpur Metropolitan City once again.

Though a division bench of Justice duo Om Prakash Mishra and Purushottam Bhandari was assigned to conduct the hearing, the bench could not find time to begin the process.

Now, the heading will take place on next Monday, July 17.

Backed by the CPN-UML, two individuals had filed the writ petition at the apex court against the constitutional body’s decision.

Some Maoist cadres had reportedly torn 90 ballot papers while vote counting was underway in the city in May last week. Following the incident, the Commission had decided to redo the voting in the affected ward.

But, the UML has demanded that the torn ballot papers be declared invalid and announce results on the basis of counting of remaining votes.

In response to the writ, the court had earlier ordered the Commission to submit a copy of its decision to redo voting, the pack of torn ballot papers and other related documents.

It had also ordered the constitutional body not to implement the revoting decision till the final verdict.

The Congress-Maoist candidate Renu Dahal was lagging behind UML’s Devi Gyawali by few hundred votes in the mayoral race while the counting was halted owing to the tearing of ballots.

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