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Nepal to hold Presidential election today

RPP to abstain from the Presidential elections

Nepal presidential elections (From Left) Subash Chandra Nembang, Ram Chandra Poudel | Twitter

Nepal is all set to vote for its new president on Thursday. Nepali Congress senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel and CPN (UML) Vice-chair Subash Chandra Nembang are in the fray.

The Election Commission on Wednesday announced after the election, the results are expected at 7 pm (local time).

"All preparations-technical, human resources, and other managerial-related-have been completed in view of voting for the election of the President to be held at Lhotse Hall of the Parliament Building in New Baneshwor," Election Officer Mahesh Sharma Paudel told ANI.

Two separate polling stations for federal parliamentarians and Province Assembly members have been set up. Lawmakers from all provinces have already arrived in Kathmandu for the election.

The counting of the votes is set to start at 3 pm.

The Electoral College has a total of 884 members. There are 275 members of the House of Representatives, 59 of the National Assembly and 550 of the seven provincial assemblies.

The weightage of one vote of the federal parliament lawmaker is 79 and that of the Province Assembly member is 48, reported ANI.

Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has reportedly decided to abstain from the Presidential Election. The decision was taken by the party on the Wednesday meeting.

"It has been unanimously decided to not participate and stay neutral in the presidential election," said RPP spokesperson Mohan Shrestha.

Nepali Congress senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel is supported by eight parties while Subash Chandra Nembang the sole candidate from CPN-UML is expected to be supported by independent lawmakers.

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