Balendra Shah maintains comfortable lead in Kathmandu

Balendra Shah, an independent candidate for the mayoral post of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, has maintained a comfortable lead.

As of 11:00 am Thursday, Shah had increased the gap with his closest rival Keshav Sthapit of the CPN-UML by 10,691 votes. He has secured 21,815 votes and Sthapit is trailing with 11,124 votes.

Nepali Congress’ Sirjana Singh is third with 10,341 votes.

Kathmandu is the biggest metropolitan city with a little over 300,000 eligible voters. As per the election commission, voter turnout in Kathmandu Metropolitan City was around 64 percent, which means around 192,000 votes were cast.

In the deputy mayoral race, UML’s Sunita Dangol is leading with 19,956 votes. Rameshwor Shreshtha of CPN (Unified Socialist) is lagging far behind with 6,316 votes. 

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