Print Edition - 2018-02-09 | News
Left alliance commands two-thirds majority in NA
The UML, which has won around 44 pc seats in the HoR, jacked up its winning share to 45.5 pc with 27 seats in the NA elections
Feb 9, 2018-The left alliance which narrowly missed out on the two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives (HoR) has crossed that 66 percent with a comfortable margin in the National Assembly elections that concluded on Wednesday.
With a combined strength of 39 seats, the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) have secured the two-thirds majority in the Upper House, while the government has yet to recommend three names to be picked to complete the House. The left alliance has won 69 percent or 56 seats in the 59-member strong Upper House. However, the wining share in total 59-member House stands at 66.11 percent.The UML, which has won around 44 percent seats in the HoR, jacked up its winning share to 45.5 percent securing 27 seats in the NA elections on Wednesday. The Nepali Congress finished second with 13 seats, while the Maoist Centre, junior ally of left alliance, came in a close third with 12.
Two Madhes-based parties, the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal and the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal, have won two seats each from Province 2 where all eight seats were elected unopposed. “The UML has emerged as the largest party in the National Assembly election as well, with the NC and the Maoist Centre finishing in second and third positions respectively,” said Nabaraj Dhakal, spokesperson for the Election Commission. Except in Province 2, the UML has held sway in all six provinces in the NA elections. The party has won five out of eight seats on offer in each of provinces 1, 3 and 6 and four seats each in provinces 5 and 7. The UML and Maoist Centre have won three seats each in Province 4.
The NC, which was winless in Province 6, also failed to take the poll position in other provinces.
The constitution envisions electing eight members each from seven provinces with reservations to the women and marginalised communities. Among the 56 seats to be elected, the election were held only for the 32 positions on Wednesday, as 24 candidates were already elected unopposed.
Published: 09-02-2018 07:32