NC leads more FPTP seats of HoR, CPN-UML ahead in PR votes


Kathmandu, Nov. 23: Vote counting of the House of Representatives (HoR) and Provincial Assemblies elections continues for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. 

The preliminary vote counting across the country showed the ruling Nepali Congress ahead of other major political parties, as it has bagged five seats of HoR so far. The NC is set to emerge as the largest party from the general election, as it has already secured victory in five HoR seats and if the leads are translated into victories. 

However, the second major party, CPN-UML leads the tally in early proportional representation (PR) vote counting in both HoR and PAs. The UML, the main opposition party, is likely to win second highest seats under FPTP in both the levels. 

The Nepali Congress has also secured victory in two seats of HoR and is leading in three out of the remaining eight constituencies of Kathmandu district as of Tuesday night, while UML has secured victory in one seat of Kathmandu and one in Lalitpur. 

The NC has secured victories in, Kathmandu 1 and 4, Manag-1 and Mustang-1, while UML has secured victory in Kathmandu-9 and Lalitpur 2.  

The NC has been leading in 46 constituencies of HoR, including Panchthar-1, Ilam-2, Jhapa-1, Sankhuwasabha-1, Morang-2, 3 and 6, Okhaldhunga-1, Udayapur-1, Saptari-3 and 4, Mahottari-4, Parsa-2, 3 and 4, Ramechhap-1, Sindhuli-1, Rasuwa-1, Dhading-2, Nuwakot-2, Kathmandu-3, 5 and 10, Bhaktapur-2, Lalitpur-1, Kavrepalanchowk-2, Sindhupalchowk-2, Makwanpur-1, Gorkha-1, Syangja-1, Nawalparasi East-1 and 2, Myagdi-1, Parbat-1, Kapilvastu-2, Dang-3, Banke-3, Dailekh-2, Surkhet-2, Achham-2, Darchula-1, Dadeldhura-1 and Kanchanpur-2 and 3. 

Similarly, CPN-UML has been leading in 33 constituencies, including Ilam-1, Jhapa-2 and 5, Terhathum-1, Dhankuta-1, Morang-1, Udayapur-2, Siraha-1 and 3, Dhanusa-2 and 3, Mahottarai-1, Bara-1, Lalitpur-2, Sindhupalchowk-1, Makwanpur-2, Lamjung-1, Kaski-1 and 3, Gulmi-2, Palpa-1 and 2, Arghakhachi-1, Rupandehi-1 and 5, Kapilvastu-1 and 3, Pyuthan-1, Banke-1, Dailekh-1, Baitadi-1 and Kanchanpur-1. 

However, the ruling coalition partners CPN (Maoist Centre) and CPN (Unified Socialist) have not secured any HoR seat so far. 

CPN (Maoist Centre) has been leading in 18 constituencies, including Taplejung-1, Bhojpur-1, Morang-4, Sunsari-1, Khotang-1, Sarlahi-2 and 3, Sindhuli-2, Nuwakot-1, Kavrepalanchowk-1, Gorkha-2, Baglung-2, Rukum East-1, Rolpa-1, Dang-2, Kalikot-1, Jajarkot-1 and Rukum West-1. 

The CPN (Unified Socialist) is trailing behind the newly formed Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) that has made a strong showing in Sunday’s elections. The party, which fielded candidates only for the House of Representatives, is in lead in the vote counts in 13 constituencies across the country, as of Tuesday night. The party has been leading vote count in Jhapa-4, Sunsari-2 and 3, Kathmandu-2, 6 and 7, Lalitpur-3, Chitwan-1 and 2, Rupandehi-2 and Nawalparasi West-1. 

In the same way, CPN (Unified Socialist) has been leading Siraha-4, Rautahat-1, Bara-4, Dhading-1, Dang-1, Salyan-1 and Achham-1. 

According to data updated by EC by 8:00 pm, the NC has won six seats of Provincial Assembly (three each in Bagmati and Gandaki and one each in Madhesh), UML secured one in Bagmati, C.K. Raut-led Janamat Party has secured two seats in Madhesh Province, RPP one in Bagmati while an independent candidate Rajib Gurung secured seat in Manang-2. 

The CPN-UML, which looks likely to win a second majority of the first-past-the-post seats in the election to both the HoR and Provincial Assemblies (PA), leads the tally in early proportional representation (PR) vote counting.

As per the data updated by Election Commission, till 8:00 pm on Tuesday, CPN-UML has garnered 13,3813 votes in HoR under PR category, while it has been leading PR vote counting in four provincial assemblies of Province 1, Bagmati, Gandaki and Lumbini Province. 

Similarly, Nepali Congress which is leading majority of the FPTP seats, and is second in early PR vote counting. The NC has garnered 116,547 votes.  

Surprisingly, in an initial PR vote counting, Rabi Lamichhane-led Rastriya Swatantra Party has emerged as the third political force by coming third behind heavyweights like the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML. 

The Lamichhane-led party has left behind the CPN (Maoist Centre) in PR vote counting. CPN (MC) has garnered 54,937 votes so far, while Rastriya Swatantra Party has received 59,262 popular votes. In the same way, the CPN (Unified Socialist), which is the fourth largest political party of the country, has received 6,348 votes and Rastriya Prajatantra Party 32,290. 

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