Balendra Shah widens lead in Kathmandu

Balendra Shah, an independent candidate for the mayoral post of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, has continued to stretch his lead.

As of 12:30 am Sunday, Shah had increased the gap with his closest rival Srijana Singh of the Nepali Congress by 17,245 votes. He has secured 39,515 votes and Singh is trailing with 22,270 votes.

CPN-UML’s Keshav Sthapit is third with 21,775 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 26,575 votes. Rameshwor Shreshtha of CPN (Unified Socialist) is lagging far behind with 8,591 votes.

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