Presidential election in Nepal scheduled today

Presidential election in Nepal scheduled today. There are two candidates in the election fray – RamchandraPaudel from the Nepali Congress and Subas Chandra Nembang from the CPN-UML. The nine-party alliance has supported Paudel whereas Nembang is the UML’s candidate.
The silence period for the presidential election had started from midnight of March 6. Nobody is to solicit votes through any medium of communication during the silence period that will remain in effect till the presidential election.
The EC had issued the prohibitory order against solicitation of votes. In accordance with Section 24 (5) of the Election (Offences and Punishment) Act, and section 17 of Election Code of Conduct, 2023, soliciting votes through meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, or social networking sites were prohibited. It also reminded media outlets not to publish any report projecting the win of any candidate as that goes against the poll code.
An electoral college consisting of members of the federal Parliament and provincial assemblies will elect the new president. Secret ballots will be used in the election ; There will be two booths at the Lhotse hall of the Parliament – one for federal lawmakers and the other for members of provincial assemblies to cast their votes.
The new nine-party alliance—including the Nepali Congress, the CPN (Maoist
Centre), the Unified Socialist, the JanataSamajbadi Party, the LoktantrikSamajbadi
Party, the Janamat Party, the NagarikUnmukti Party, the RastriyaJanamorcha and the Nepal Samajbadi Party—are together in the Presidential election.
Two political parties – RajendraLingden-led RastriyaPrajatantra Party and Rabi
Lamichhane-led RastriyaSwatantra Party – are among the parties that remain undecided as to which of the two candidates they will vote for.

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