83 file nominations for Upper House polls

  • With 17 candidates elected unopposed, 66 to contest for 43 seats

Jan 25, 2018-

A total of 83 candidates filed their nominations on Wednesday for the National Assembly (NA) elections scheduled for February 7. 

With 17 candidates elected unopposed, there will be contests among 66 candidates for 43 seats. 

However, the Election Commission (EC) said it will announce the winners on January 29 at the time of publishing the final list of candidates. 

The voters will elect 56 members in the 59-member National Assembly through a secret ballot, while three are appointed by the President on the recommendation of the government, according to the constitution. Each province elects eight Upper House members, including three women, one Dalit, one differently-abled or minority and three from the open category.

There are a total 2,056 voters, comprising 1,506 chiefs and deputy chiefs of local governments and 550 provincial assembly members. As per the ordinance on the National Assembly election, weightage of a vote of provincial assembly member is 48 while it is 18 in the case of local government representatives.

According to the EC, there are 26 candidates under the women category, 28 under the open category, 14 under the Dalit category, 15 under the minority/differently abled category.

The candidates had filed their nominations at offices of election officers based in Morang, Dhanusha, Lalitpur, Kaski, Dang, Surkhet and Doti in seven provinces from 10am to 4pm. EC Spokesperson Navaraj Dhakal said nomination process went peacefully in all centres across the country.

The elections of the Upper House will pave the way for electing the candidates under the proportional representation (PR) to the House of Representatives (HoR) and formation of a new government.  

According to the Office of the Election Officer, three women candidates including a serving state minister have been elected unopposed in Province 1. NC’s Sarita Prasai, who is also the minister of state for Agriculture, and UML’s Nainakala Ojha and Maoist Centre’s Bina Pokharel have been elected unopposed. 

In Province 2, nine candidates have registered their nominations for eight 

positions. Three women, one Dalit and one from minority community have registered their candidacy. A candidate each from the NC, the Maoist Centre and the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal have been elected unopposed under the women category. 

Provinces 3, 4 and 6 are set for an all-out contest, with 17 candidates vying for Upper House seats from Province 3 and 12 each contesting from Provinces 4 and 6. 

In Province 5, two UML candidates and an NC candidate have been elected unopposed under the women category. The UML has picked Meena Budha and Komal Oli, while the NC has fielded Anita Devkota.

A total of 10 candidates have filed their nominations in Province 7. Two UML candidates and one from the NC have been elected unopposed under the women category in the province. Likewise, three candidate one each from the UML, the NC and the Maoist Centre have been elected unopposed under the open category.



NA candidate name list

Province 1

1. Nainakala Ojha (UML)

2. Parashuram Meghi Gurung (UML)

3. Haricharan Shiwakoti (UML)

4. Khadka Bahadur Basnet (UML)

5. Khem Nepali  (UML)

6. Agam Prasad Bantawa Rai  (UML)

7. Sarita Prasain (NC)

8. Ramesh Jung Rayamajhi (NC)

9. Bin Kumar Bishwokarma (NC)

10. Mahesh Kumar Jaju (NC)

11. Bina Pokharel (MC)

12. Anupama Devi Sah (RPP)


Province 2 

1. Suman Raj Pyakurel (UML)

2. Jitendra Dev (NC)

3. Mukta Kumari Yadav (NC)

4. Pramila Kumari (SSF-N)

5. Ramprit Pasawan (SSF-N)

6. Ramesh Prasad Yadav (RJP-N)

7. Brishesh Chandra Lal (RJP-N)

8. Shashikala Dahal  CPN (Maoist Cetre)

9. Mohammad Akhtar Hussein (Samajbadi Party Nepal)


Province 3

1. Balaram Prasad Baskota (UML)

2. Beduram Bhusal (UML)

3. Dil Kumari Rawal (UML)

4. Udaya Sharma Poudel (UML)

5. Singa Bahadur Bishwokarma (UML)

6. Ram Chandra Rai (UML)

7. Radheshyam Adhikari (NC)

8. Dhan Kumari Khatiwada (NC)

9. Harisharan Nepali (NC)

10. Madan Krishna Shrestha (NC)

11. Ram Bahadur Thapa UCPN (Maoist Centre)

12. Ganga Parajuli UCPN (Maoist Centre)

13. Krishna Bahadur Tamang  (NMKP)

14. Gita Kafle (NMKP)

15. Shyam Bishankhe (NMKP)

16. Himaleshwor Mool (NMKP)

17. Laxmi Desar (RPP)


Province 4 

1. Ganesh Prasad Timilsina (UML)

2. Ram Bahadur Thapa (UML)

3. Dipa Gurung (UML)

4. Shanti Kumari Adhikari GC (UML)

5. Surendra Raj Pandey (NC)

6. Binda Devi Aale (NC) 

7. Jit Bahadur Nepali (NC)

8. Prakash Pantha (NC)

9. Dinanath Sharma UCPN 

(Maoist Centre)

10. Khim Bahadur BK UCPN 

(Maoist Centre)

11. Krishna Prasad Adhikari (Rastriya Janamorcha)

12. Mina Pun (Rastriya Janamorcha)


Province 5

1. Khimlal Bhattarai (UML)

2. Ram Lakhan Chamar (UML)

3. Mina Budha  (UML)

4. Komal Oli (UML)

5. Durga Prasad Upadhyay (NC)

6. Maikulal Balmiki (NC)

7. Anita Devkota (NC)

8. Lut Bahadur Khatri (NC)

9. Chandra Bahadur Khadka UCPN (Maoist Centre)

10. Raj Kumar Kunwar UCPN (Maoist Centre)

11. Rashmi Raj Nepali (Rastriya Janamorcha)


Province 6 

1. Bhairav Sundar Shrestha (UML)

2. Kabita Bogati (UML)

3. Nanda Sharma  (UML)

4. Narapati Lohar  (UML)

5. Thakendra Puri (UML)

6. Bishnu Bahadur Shahi (NC)

7. Gopal Prasad Sharma (NC)

8. Netralal Sarki (NC)

9. Surya Devi Malla (NC) 

10. Kali Bahadur Malla  UCPN (Maoist Cetnre)

11. Jiban Budha UCPN (Maoist Centre)

12. Yutul Tamang UCPN (Maoist Centre)


Province 7

1. Sher Bahadur Kunwar (UML)

2. Kamala Oli (UML)

3. Chakra Prasad Snehi (UML)

4. Indu Kadariya (UML)

5. Badri Prasad Pandey (NC)

6. Tara Devi Joshi (NC)

7. Shereram Parki (NC)

8. Chhatra Raj Joshi  (NC)

9. Hariram Chaudhary UCPN (Maoist Centre)

10. Mahesh Kumar Mahara UCPN (Maoist Centre)

Published: 25-01-2018 07:26

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