Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has won the Dadeldhura constituency in far western Nepal with a huge margin of votes for the seventh consecutive time. Deuba (77) got 25,534 votes, while his nearest rival and independent candidate Sagar Dhakal (31) got 1,302 votes. Deuba has never lost any parliamentary election in his political career of five decades. Dhakal is a young engineer who had a verbal spat with Deuba five years ago during a public discussion on BBC’s (British Broadcasting Corporation) ‘Shared Question’ programme. After this he decided to challenge Deuba saying that now youth should enter politics and senior people like Deuba should rest.
Nepali Congress President Deuba is currently holding the post of Prime Minister for the fifth time. The ruling Nepali Congress has so far won 10 seats in the House of Representatives, while it is leading in 46 other seats. The main opposition party CPN-UML (Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist) led by KP Oli has so far won three seats, while it has taken a lead in 42 seats.
In the Himalayan country, voting was held on Sunday for the House of Representatives and the Legislative Assemblies of the seven provinces. The counting of votes started on Monday. Elections are being held for 275 seats in the federal parliament and 550 seats in seven provincial assemblies in Nepal. Out of a total of 275 members of the Federal Parliament, 165 will be elected through direct voting, while the remaining 110 will be elected through a ‘proportional election system’. Similarly, out of a total of 550 members of the provincial assemblies, 330 will be directly elected, while 220 will be elected through the proportional system.