Nepal Votes: Incumbent Bhandari Tracking to Win

Nepal Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli

Nepal Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli

Bidya Devi Bhandari was on Tuesday re-elected the President of Nepal with an overwhelming majority. A total of 549 lawmakers from the Provincial Council will vote to elect the new president.

The vote bank of the Nepali Congress accounts for 11,428, with 76 seats in the Parliament and 113 in the Provincial Assemblies.

She has the backing of the Communist alliance government which dominated recent parliamentary and provincial assembly elections.

Nabaraj Dhakal, spokesperson at the Election Commission, said out of 884 members of the Electoral College 879 were eligible voters.

Three nominated members to the National Assembly could not vote as their case is sub-judice at the Supreme Court while House of Representatives member Resham Chaudhary, who is in police custody in connection to the 2015 Tikapur carnage, was deemed ineligible to vote.

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Bhandari, 56, won since her nomination was backed by the ruling Left alliance of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal and other fringe parties. After the death of her husband in a auto accident, she started participating in active politics and later elected as a lawmaker in Nepal Parliament in 1994 and chosen again in 1999.

President Bhandari is expected to take the oath of office on Wednesday at 4 pm.

During her first two-year term, Bhandari was accused of failing to be the Head of the State in the true sense. Even this time, Oli strongly stood by her, arguing that she is "too young to retire" and must be elected for another term.

Bhandari, the wife of charismatic communist leader Madan Bhandari, has been active in politics since her school days.

"She had good rapport with top leaders of both parties".

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