The Office of the Chief Returning Officer in Chitwan has announced that it would hold re-polling in Bharatpur-19 on August 4.
Chief Returning Officer Kabi Prasad Neupane said that his office fixed August 4 as the date for re-polling after he received a directive on Mondayfrom the Election Commission to announce the date and time as soon as possible. “Re-polling date has been fixed after holding meeting with the security agencies and government staffers.”
Out of the 29 wards in Bharatpur Metropolitan City, vote-counting in 27 wards have already been completed. Votes from ward number 19 were being counted when the incident took place. The votes of Ward 20 has yet to be counted.
Before the incident, UML’s mayoral candidate Devi Gyawali was leading the count by 733 votes. While Gyawali had received a total of 41,641 votes, Maoist Center’s candidate Renu Dahal was trailing with 40,908 votes.
Meanwhile, the authorities have destroyed the ballot papers of ward 19 of Bharatpur Metropolis on Tuesday following the verdict of the SC for the re-election.
The ballots were burnt in presence of local administration representatives amid tight security.