Ballot-tearing works for Dahal, cuts deficit to 271 votes

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The ploy of tearing the ballots in Bharatpur-19 for getting a reelection has worked for CPN (Maoist Center ) as its joint mayoral candidate with Nepali Congress (NC), Renu Dahal, has cut the deficit with CPN-UML candidate Devi Gyawali to 271 when 2,400 votes of the ward have been counted.

Gyawali now has secured 41, 774 votes  and Dahal 41,503. Similarly, NC candidate for deputy mayor, Parvati Shah has secured 45,398 votes followed by Divya Sharma Acharya of UML at 38,434 votes.

NC ward chairman candidate for Bharatpur-19 Karna Bahadur Gurung  has received 1,265 votes while UML candidate Prakash Tamang has got 898, and Maoist Center candidate  Khadga Bahadur Gurung 66.

Vote counting in Bharatpur-19 had started at 11:30 Friday night after reelection earlier on the day.

Vote counting in Bharatpur had been stopped after Maoist Center cadres on May 29 tore ballots after Dahal looked set to lose to Gyawali. Gyawali had secured 40,980 votes and Dahal 40,116 when counting in 27 of the 29 wards of Bharatpur Metropolitan City was completed, which means Gyawali was leading by 864 votes.

Votes of wards 19 and 20 remained uncounted. Gyawali's lead had fallen to 734 votes when 1,800 out of the total of 2,897 cast in the ward were counted. Maoist Center had torn the ballots after seeing that Dahal will not be able to overcome that deficit after counting the remaining votes in ward number 19 and the votes of ward number 20.   

The Supreme Court on Sunday had endorsed the Election Commission decision to conduct reelection in Bharatpur-19.  A meeting of the Election Commission on June 3 had taken a decision to hold reelection in Bharatpur-19.


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