Vote counting under the elections to the House of Representatives (HoR) and Provincial Assembly has begun in Mahottari constituency no. 1 from 8:00 pm tonight.
The counting slated to take place at 1:00 pm today was halted after the dispute on counting cross voting escalated. Agreement has been reached among the candidates contesting the elections to count the vote irrespective of the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) ballot papers found in ballot box of Proportional Representation (PR) and vice versa.
According to Returning Officer at Mahottari-1, Ganaraj Shrestha, vote counting kicked off in four places for HoR’s election under FPTP and PR and Provincial Assembly’s FPTP and PR.
There are 4 constituencies for HoR and eight for Provincial Assembly in Mahottari district. Vote counting for other three constituencies in the district will begin in few hours, said Office of the Chief Returning Officer in the district.
Meanwhile, vote counting has also begun at constituency no. 1 in Palpa district from today evening. The counting supposed to start from 3:30 pm today was delayed in lack of the preparation for counting place, said the Election Office in Rampur.
Palpa district having 105,293 voters saw 64,203 votes cast in the November 20 parliamentary election which accounts for 60.94 per cent, the District Election Office, Palpa said.
Source: National News Agency Nepal