Lalitpur: More votes for nonexistent Nepali Congress deputy mayor candidate than for the one it supports

A tree, the Nepali Congress election symbol
A tree, the Nepali Congress election symbol

Kathmandu, May 15

While vote count is underway in most of the local units across the country, the Lalitpur metropolitan city has seen an odd development.

In the city, the Nepali Congress and the CPN-Maoist Centre had partnered, according to which the Nepali Congress fielded Chiri Babu Maharjan for the mayor and the Maoist Centre field Babu Raj Bajracharya as his deputy.

While Maharjan is leading the count probably with the Maoist Centre’s support in Lalitpur, the deputy mayoral candidate Bajracharya is lagging. More interestingly, the Nepali Congress symbol on the ballot has drawn more votes than the Maoist Centre’s symbol.

As of Sunday morning, the Maoist Centre received 167 votes for the deputy mayor, but the Congress sign has received 311 votes.

Because the Congress party does not have any candidate for the position, the votes will be deemed invalid.

This shows the ruling parties’ electoral alliance has not worked in many places.

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