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KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress acting president Sushil Koirala has won the election for the party president post. In the vote count that concluded in the wee hours of Wednesday morning at the Academy Hall in Kamaladi, the incumbent acting president of the party secured more than 50 percent votes to win the top post of the country's largest democratic party.

He polled 1692 votes while his closest rival Sher Bahadur Deuba could garner 1317 votes only. Koirala maintained a distinct lead over Deuba in the vote count from the beginning.

On the other hand, Bhim Bahadur Tamang, the third candidate, polled meagre 78 votes.

Out of 3,088 National General Convention representatives of the party, 3,037 cast their votes for three key positions and 61 members in the party’s Central Working Committee.

According to the party statute, a presidential candidate has to secure more than 50 percent votes to be elected. Otherwise, the runoff would be held between the top two contenders.

The vote count was delayed by hours due to differences over the code of conduct and the process of counting among the party's election commission and the representatives of the presidential hopefuls. It counting began at 11:45 p.m. in the Academy Hall in Kamaladi

The NC had held the elections to elect new leadership along with the new Central Working Committee in Kathmandu on the last day of its 12th National General Convention.

Earlier, the party's election commission had decided to count votes for the president's post at 8 p.m. while the sealed ballot boxes of the other posts have been ferried to the party’s central office in Sanepa.

The vote count of other posts will be conducted on Wednesday


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