Nomination of Presidential Candidates

Kathmandu, Feb. 25: The nomination for the election to the President is today. The Office of the Election Officer informed that it will be at the Lhoste Hall of the Federal Parliament Building, New Baneshwor.  

Interested candidates can register their candidacy from 10 am to 3 pm on Wednesday. The list of the candidates registered within the given deadline will be made public on Friday. The following day has been allocated to lodge complaints against the candidacy.

The electoral body has planned to publish the list of candidates on February 27. The candidates can withdraw their names on February 28 and the final list of the candidates will be published on the same day. The voting will take place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on March 9. 

As per the constitutional provision, a candidate of the President must secure 50 percent of the total of 52,628 votes to get elected. In the presidential election, there are 884 voters in total, including 334 (275 of the House of Representatives and 59 of the National Assembly) members of the Federal Parliament and 550 members of seven Provincial Assemblies. 

A vote cast by a member of both the Upper and Lower Houses of the Federal Parliament will have the weight of 79 votes while a vote cast by a member of the Provincial Assembly will have the weight of 48 votes. If none of the candidate receives a majority in the first round of voting, there will be a run-off between the top two candidates. If the two candidates end up getting equal votes, the winner will be decided through lottery.

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