Nepal: Presidential election on March 13

Nepal will hold presidential election on March 13 to elect the new President under the new constitution.

The President’s term is for five years, but this election is being held quite before the stipulated time-period because the country is implementing Federalism under the new Constitution.

The Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) announced the date for electing the country’s third President after its officials held consultations with the government and various political parties.

The ECN has fixed March 7 for the nomination of candidates and the polling will be held on March 13. The vote counting will begin immediately after the polls on the same day.

A candidate must receive a majority of the 884 votes — 334 votes of Parliament members and 550 of Provincial Assembly members- – to get elected to the post.

In case no candidate gets a majority of the total vote, the ECN will hold a run-off election between the top two candidates.

Ms Bidhya Devi Bhandari.Bhandari was elected as the first woman president of Nepal in October, 2015. With the formation of the new Parliament, the tenure of the President expires.


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