Nepal presidential election LIVE updates: Bidhya Devi Bhandari contests for second term

In Tuesday's voting, a total of a total of 330 lawmakers from the Federal Parliament and 550 lawmakers from the Provincial Council are eligible to vote.

Nepal presidential voting Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the first female president of Nepal. (AP Photo)

The electoral college of Nepal comprising parliamentarians of the Federal Parliament and Provincial Assemblies will elect Nepal’s new President on Tuesday. The voting for the presidential election began Wednesday morning. Incumbent President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is standing in the fray for her second term challenged by Laxmi Rai from the Nepali Congress. The tenure of the current president, who was elected to the post in October 2015, will end soon.

In today’s voting, a total of 330 lawmakers from the Federal Parliament and 550 lawmakers from the Provincial Council are eligible to vote.

“The preparations for the election of today have been completed. We have made the arrangements to count the votes after the voting concludes, and the vote counting is expected to start after 4:00 p.m. and the results will be out by the evening,” Election Commission’s spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal was quoted by ANI.

Early predictions indicate President Bhandari’s win with an overwhelming majority. If successful, she will be the first president of Federal Nepal. The Federal parliament was formed after the completion of House of Representatives and Province Assembly elections in December.

The Rastriya Janata Party- Nepal and the Federal Socialist Forum- Nepal are expected to vote in favour of Bhandari, who also set the record as the first female president of Nepal. There will also be a separate election to choose vice- president new vice president a week after the presidential election.

  1. 1:39PM
    13 Mar, 18
    Results expected to be announced by evening

    The election results are expected to be out by today evening.  President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Nepali Congress leader Kumari Laxmi Rai filed nomination papers for the presidential election on March 7. 

  2. 1:34PM
    13 Mar, 18

    The weightage attached to the votes of the Federal Parliamentarians is 79 while that of the Province Assembly members is 48. The total weightage of votes is set at 52,500 and the candidate securing 26,251 vote-weightage will become the President of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

  3. 1:01PM
    13 Mar, 18

    To win the election, a candidate must receive a majority of the 884 votes — 334 votes of parliament members and 550 of provincial assembly members. If no candidate receives a majority of the total vote, the EC will hold a run-off election between the top two candidates.

  4. 12:27PM
    13 Mar, 18

    Voting is underway in Nepal to elect the new president of the country. The process began at 10 am and will close at 3 pm.  The election this time is being held within two-and-a-half years instead of five years as the country is implementing full federalism under the new Constitution.